NAACP says no-go to Florida travel
April is a big travel month for Ron DeSantis.

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'Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.'

Visit Florida? Not if the national NAACP has anything to say about it.

On Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a travel advisory urging people to avoid the Sunshine State.

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the advisory reads.

“Let me be clear — failing to teach an accurate representation of the horrors and inequalities that Black Americans have faced and continue to face is a disservice to students and a dereliction of duty to all,” said NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson.

“Under the leadership of Gov. (Ron) DeSantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon. He should know that democracy will prevail because its defenders are prepared to stand up and fight. We’re not backing down, and we encourage our allies to join us in the battle for the soul of our nation,” Johnson added.

The Florida NAACP made a push for this advisory earlier this year saying that the Governor put a “bullseye” on the backs of Black people, an assertion derided at the time by Gov. DeSantis.

“What a joke,” the Governor said in Orange Park, responding to a reporter’s question about the NAACP Florida State conference voting unanimously to appeal to the national organization to issue an advisory to Black people to steer clear of the Sunshine State.

“What a joke,” he repeated. “Yeah, we’ll see. We’ll see how effective that is.”

The Governor likened the proposal to people who traveled to Florida when pandemic restrictions predominated elsewhere, where “they would end up being spotted on the beach somewhere vacationing.”

“So this is just ridiculous. I mean, it’s ridiculous and we’re proud to be leading the nation in tourism. I think we’ve led it for many years in a row now and we really, I think we’ve had as good a year as we’ve ever had,” DeSantis said.

He then again veered into COVID-19 ruminations about how people weren’t “treated like a normal human being” elsewhere. DeSantis said the NAACP proposal was one of many “stupid fights” in the country.

“This is a stunt to try to do that. It’s a pure stunt. And fine, if you want to waste your time on a stunt, that’s fine. But I’m not wasting my time on your stunts,” DeSantis added.

The Governor’s Office doubled down on its stance Saturday evening.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts American

    May 20, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Good evening America,
    This is re-run news the fairy tale was already reported on over a week ago.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Earl Pitts IS racism

      May 20, 2023 at 8:35 pm

      You filthy Christian, Earl ‘too racist for a normal comments section’ Sh’ts

    • Elliott Offen

      May 20, 2023 at 10:36 pm

      Earl Pitts is a delusional narcissist. Has the IQ less than that of an ape and claims he’s God.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 22, 2023 at 11:34 am

      Hi EPA, This May 21 story is about the national chapter NAACP releasing their “Don’t Go To Florida” advisory on May 20. The news story you read previously, therefore, must have been regarding the Florida chapter of NAACP issuing their “Don’t Come to Florida” advisory earlier this year.

  • PeterH

    May 20, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    According to recent real estate reports in South Florida news articles…..Broward County has seen a 30% decline in real estate sales.

    The impact of DeSantis’s message of division and hate has reached the ears of potential new arrivals who came to Florida last year and paid cash for their new homes.

    Welcome to Florida’s version of Alabama and Mississippi!

  • corruption and abuse of power in Florida

    May 20, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    DeSantis should be investigated for corruption, abuse of power, misappropriation of funds

    DeSantis, his term Florida into a dystopia

    It is now a dangerous place.. and Florida is the most unfree state in the country

  • Michael K

    May 20, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Florida is now a hostile environment for most anyone who is not a straight, white, male who carries a gun. I am afraid of what is going to happen when Governor Casey DeSantis does not get the nod for the Republican nomination for President. My fear is the worse is yet to come.

  • Ron DeSantis is a Racist

    May 20, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Floridians aren’t racist, but the governor absolutely is a racist.

    • Billy the Bamboozler

      May 20, 2023 at 10:39 pm

      They’re importing stupid religious white people and trying to export everyone else. It’s a far right police state. It’s gonna be a cross between Singapore and Iran in twenty years. Vacation in Afghanistan will be safer.

  • J B

    May 21, 2023 at 6:04 am

    The number of happy black people in Florida is in the millions. Miami-Dade voted overwhelmingly for DeSantis. The NAACP and commenters in this section are panicky Marxists who don’t know how to handle black peoples rejecting their stupid woke ideology. Black people are not as stupid as you wish they were.

    • David Pakman

      May 21, 2023 at 7:44 am

      There are a handful of Uncle Tom’s voting against their own interests… just like trailer park sub-apes vote for a billionaire and think money will trickle down to them. It doesn’t!! Just more of their money gets hoarded by the rich.

    • KAL

      May 21, 2023 at 9:21 am

      Totally 100% agree!

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 21, 2023 at 11:50 am

      Not sure what you know about Black Floridians, but only 46 percent turned out to vote in 2022, which indicates that the combination of voter suppression waged by DeSantis and Charlie Crist’s record left little for them to vote for.

    • I See Your IP Address

      May 21, 2023 at 8:53 am

      Your IP address and your racism are noted, Whitey.

    • Elliott Offen

      May 21, 2023 at 10:06 am

      You will end up like the Rubio canvasser buddy…

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 21, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Good morning America,
    A quick review of the above comments indicates the commenters all to be white boys who think its their right to speak for and oversee the interests of what they consider to be: their black charges (property) on Their Democratic Plantation.

    Well thats just so raicest of these white boy overseers of what and who they consider to be their “property” on the Democratic Plantation.

    Earl Pitts American is calling you white boys out!!!!

    Earl Pitts American has many times over the numbers of Free Black American members in my fan club than the few Uncle Toms you white boys still have in chains on The Democratic Plantation.
    Together we shall rise up in 2024 and take our great nation back at the voting booth from you white boy Democrats that pretend to speak for Free Black People.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 21, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Except for JB up there who appears to be a true Patriot.
    Thank you JB

  • PeterH

    May 21, 2023 at 12:25 pm


    Three gay pride events in Florida have been canceled in response to Republican Governor’s hate edicts!

    Ron DeSantis has called this his brand of FREEDUMB!

    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Michael K

    May 21, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    I just learned that churches are having a difficult time attracting ministers because of what is happening in Florida. good people do not want to relocate to a toxic environment.

    • Earl Pitts American

      May 21, 2023 at 1:53 pm

      Dook 4 Brains Comment. You ‘aint “Just Heard” $#lT white Bud Lite Drinking Boy.
      You just got spanked by Earl Pitts American

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 21, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Why just look America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, issued a callout to all the white boy dook 4 brains leftists who think they can Lord over Black people on the white boys leftist Democratic Plantation.
    Not a peep out of those slave master white boys since I, Earl Pitts American, issued my knock down drag out “fighting words” callout.
    Nope not a peep they all ran and hid themselves away under a rock.
    Honestly if I, Earl Pitts Ametican, were one of those Bud Lite drinking white boys I would have ran away from a real man who stands up and defends the Black people they have Lorded over for years too.
    Run and hide lefty white boys who feel empowered to tell Blacks what to do down on your Democrat Plantation. Earl Pitts American is looking to spank you.
    Thank you america,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rev. Anon

      May 22, 2023 at 8:30 am

      Good morning Earl,
      I am Pastor to one of the largest Black Churches in Miami, FL. We have had enough of the N2ACP doing the work of those White Boys in The Democratic Party. We’re not going to live on those White Boys Democratic Plantation any longer.
      Go get ’em Brother Earl we got your back.
      Thank you,
      Rev. Anonymous Miami/Dade

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