NAACP president says he hopes Florida travel advisory leads to smart voting

NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell told NNPA Newswire that the civil rights organization’s Florida travel advisory is not a ban but a call to action against the state’s regressive and oppressive laws and policies that they specifically target blacks and other minorities.

Russell stated that the ad serves as a method to mobilize voters who are subject to and tired of the movement against diversity, equity and inclusion in the Sunshine State.

“We are going to understand what this notice is. It’s a heads up,” Russell said. “It is advising people who are coming to the state or who are thinking of coming to the state.”

The nation’s oldest civil rights organization issued the notice May 20 after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill preventing public universities from using federal or state money for diversity programs.

Russell repudiated any claim that DeSantis’ latest attack on diversity was the final straw that prompted the ad.

He said it was the culmination of open attempts by DeSantis and the Florida GOP-controlled legislature to erase black history, continued attacks on the LGBTQ community, and bans on works by black and minority authors and artists.