‘Avoid Florida’ says NAACP but it can’t explain why

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is warning blacks to avoid Florida but can’t explain why.

Other than spouting baseless generalities like “Florida is not a safe place for them” and calling the state’s inhabitants “openly hostile” this antiquated and pathetic organization is coming up empty attempting to justify its absurd position.

In its official “travel advisory” it failed to mention that its board’s chairman, Leon Russell, lives in Tampa. Is he going to move? They didn’t say.

If he wants to hit the bricks and put the “hostile” and “unsafe” Sunshine State in his rearview mirror he won’t even have to put his money where his mouth is. Florida GOP Chairman Christian Ziegler has generously offered to pay his moving expenses.

The NAACP’s anti-Florida stance confirms that this organization has outlived its usefulness as a civil rights organization and is nothing more than a whiney, yappy arm of the Democrat Party’s far left and has been for the past 20 years or more. The large number of blacks living in Florida, moving there, and visiting there are examples of how irrelevant this tone-deaf far-left organization has become. Did they hire the former Bud Light marketing team to develop their new strategy?

What’s this group’s beef with Florida other than it’s a deep red state whose 30 Electoral College votes are a sure thing for the Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential race?

In its false scenario, the flummoxed NAACP paints all 22 million Floridians as bigots, homophobes, transphobes and any other “phobe” on its phony baloney Floridaphobe list. It apparently considers Governor Ron DeSantis the Grand Kleagle of the KKK and a racist homophobe with no redeeming qualities.

In its official travel advisory, The NAACP said: “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.” These idiots, who say Florida is transphobic and bigoted, have never been to Miami or Key West.

What Governor DeSantis is actually guilty of is making Florida family friendly and protecting its citizens and visitors from unhinged lunatics that make outrageously stupid pronouncements like this one.

Not only is their statement contemptibly ridiculous. false and inflammatory, but this silly group doesn’t realize that there are many “communities of color” in the state that cater to the tourist industry. “Up yours!” they proclaim even though they can’t explain why, other than they hate Republican Governor DeSantis.

DeSantis, a strong 2024 Republican presidential candidate, has passed a plethora of legislation in this year’s state legislature including expanded gun rights by making Florida a “constitutional carry” state; protections against “unwanted medical interventions”;  and an attack on hot-button cultural issues including critical race theory in education and sex-reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies for transgender minors.

His exemplary handling of the COVID crisis opened the state’s schools and businesses putting Floridians far ahead of those Democrat-run states that are still lagging behind in education and economically, no matter their color or sexual preference. Florida has some of the highest rated school systems in the country. Its literacy rate for black students exceeds most other states.

DeSantis has an uncompromising approach to the “woke” left, especially on parental rights with tough laws to get the groomers out of classrooms and homosexual porn out of school libraries. This along with the banning of the racist anti-white bigotry of Critical Race Theory has proven unpopular among far left groups like the NAACP. They oppose his defense of defending parental rights in education and standing up to the “bio-medical security state” by opposing “jab or job” vaccine mandates and mutilating sex change surgery on children.

Florida ranks number one for immigration from other states, number one in economic growth among large states, number one in tourism and has record-low unemployment and record-high budget surpluses. More tourists have visited Florida since the beginning of this year than at any comparable time period in the state’s history. Also, more blacks have moved here than ever before.

The NAACP has it work cut out for it. “Stop being so excellent!” they demand. Apparently, it wants no part of any of this and considers these valid reasons to avoid the state.

Do folks actually listen to anything this faux group has to say? Those that do will no longer enjoy trips to Disney World, relaxing and fishing on the hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches and lakes, colorful wildlife, great weather, enjoying festivals, camping, spring breaks, theme parks, and so much more.

They’ll love the weather, prices and beaches of New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Folks following the NAACP’s advice will also relish dodging bullets in tourist-friendly Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore, riding the filthy crime ridden subway in New York and sharing hotels with illegal unvetted immigrants, and walking the “safe” streets of Chicago, a city with one of the country’s highest rates of black-on-black homicides. Have fun and stay safe. We’ll miss you.

Oh, if you decide to cancel your Florida reservations, there’s a long waiting list of grateful folks ready to take your places. And good luck explaining your decision to cancel your trip to Disney World to the kids.


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