The U.S government issues travel alerts to countries where crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and terrorism pose a threat to Americans. The federal government has warned against traveling, at one time or another, to uncivilized and backwards nations like Syria, Somalia and Lebanon.
In Florida, under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, civil rights, women’s rights, and democracy itself has so deteriorated that the NAACP issued a travel advisory for Florida warning potential tourists that recent laws and policies enacted by Gov. Ron DeSantis and GOP Florida lawmakers are openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ individuals.
If you are a person of color or a member of the LGBTQ community you are making a big mistake if you vacation in the Sunshine State. Frankly, you are out of your mind if you are considering moving to Florida.
I feel a little bit hypocritical because I just visited Florida for a family reunion. I beseech my sister, brother and nieces to please move away from that godforsaken state, so I will never have to return.
The NAACP’s decision didn’t come out of nowhere, Florida has enacted laws that are blatantly racist, and would have been popular under Jim Crow. For example, the DeSantis’ administration rejected the College Board’s Advanced Placement African American studies course. The racist DeSantis administration has advocated for measures that ban state colleges from having programs on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as critical race theory. And they have passed the Stop WOKE Act (should be called anti-Black Act) that restricts certain race-based conversations and analysis is schools and businesses.
The DeSantis administration has made it crystal clear that blacks and other racial minorities and the LGBTQ community isn’t welcome in Florida. So why the hell enrich the coffers of this racist state by spending your vacation dollars in the land of DeSantis?
Tourism is the biggest industry in Florida, make a statement by staying the hell out of Florida, and really hitting them in the pocketbook.