Florida Republicans are leading the backlash against the NAACP’s travel advisory warning black Americans not to visit their state, despite the fact the civil rights group’s own chairman lives there.
Leon W. Russell, 73, has lived in Florida for his entire adult life after growing up in Virginia. Today, he lives in a two-bedroom home in north Tampa.
Russell however joined calls for African Americans to boycott the state yesterday.
The travel advisory claims Ron DeSantis is trying to ‘erase’ black history by eradicating CRT from schools.
The stunning advisory was released yesterday and has enraged Republicans of all races.
Among them is Christian Ziegler, Chairman of the Florida GOP, who is now offering to help Russell move to a different state.
‘The CHAIRMAN of the NAACP lives in Tampa, FLORIDA! True leadership is being willing to do what you ask others to do… time to step up and MOVE.
‘If you think our state is so bad, the Florida GOP will help with moving costs.’
Rep. Byron Donalds called the advisor ‘dumb’, ‘silly’ and ‘political’.
‘I don’t even know what the NAACP is talking about. This is silly, and it’s dumb. It’s political. It makes no sense.