In a move that can only be described as ridiculous, the Florida Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a meeting in Orlando this past weekend, where they shockingly voted to issue a "travel advisory" for Black Americans visiting Florida. Apparently, the NAACP believes that it's best for Black Americans to avoid Florida altogether due to the presence of anti-black legislation in the state's politics.
One such example cited by Lee County NAACP President, James Muwakkil, was Governor Ron DeSantis' criticism of AP African American Studies Courses, which led to the college board cancelling the planned curriculum. Muwakkil's message to Black Americans was simple: "Don't come into racism."
The NAACP's ultimate goal is to prevent DeSantis from becoming president in 2024, and they believe that this travel advisory will help educate voters on the situation in Florida. If Black Americans heed their warning and stay away from Florida, then the NAACP won't be held responsible for the governor's actions. How convenient.
It's a shame that an organization that was founded to fight against racism now seems to be promoting it in order to stay relevant and generate income. Instead of issuing ridiculous travel advisories, perhaps the NAACP should focus on working towards real solutions to combat racism in Florida and elsewhere.