Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Report: Florida NAACP Says Stay Out Of Sunshine State Because Of DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Source: Governor’s Office)

The Florida NAACP is urging its national parent group to advise Black Americans to stay out of the Sunshine State because of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The group cited DeSantis’ efforts to battle Critical Race Theory and “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programs in education and businesses as its reason, according to a report on Monday by Yahoo News.

“All of this is a tipping point,” Yvette Lewis, president of the NAACP Hillsborough County branch, told Yahoo News.

“We encouraged more people to vote, and that didn’t work because [extremist Republicans] gained more power, and this is where we’re at. We had to take a strong stand because it has gone too far.”

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Yahoo News noted that the recommendation received unanimous support by the Florida NAACP and will be reviewed by the national organization next month.

According to Yahoo News, one critic is Riché J. Daniel Barnes, an anthropology and African American studies professor at the University of Florida.

“If the people I came here to work with and build community with leave, which they have already started, I am encouraged to do so as well,” Barnes said. “This is political theater.”

Instead, she said, the solution “requires more people in the form of voters and more dollars in the form of economic prosperity and potential campaign contributions for [minority candidates] in communities of color.”

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DeSantis agreed with Barnes.

In a recent press briefing, the Republican governor called the Florida NAACP’s recommendation a joke.

“We will see how effective that is,” he said. “Our country goes through all these stupid fights. This is a stunt to try to do that.”

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, a black Republican, seconded DeSantis’ assessment.

“It continues this division in our country,” Donalds said during a recent interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “We’re a great state, we’re open to everybody. We don’t want indoctrination … but we teach black history, we allow black businesses to thrive.”

“This is a joke,” said Donalds.

As with most liberal ideas, it would likely hurt the people it intends to help. Some black small business owners told Yahoo News that a travel moratorium would actually hurt them.

Lewis, the Hillsborough NAACP president, argued that these business owners must “stand for something” and actually sacrifice their livelihood for the politics of those who think like she does.

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Ironically, Yahoo News noted that Lewis also undermined her argument for “diversity” and “inclusion” by encouraging blacks to steer clear of white businesses.

“Lewis also believes this [travel advisory] is a great opportunity for black people within the state to begin patronizing more black businesses.”

“If you’re serious about change,” she told Yahoo News, “then this is a time for all of us to come together.”

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