The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called to boycott the “apartheid state” of Florida if the Department of Justice does not lodge a civil rights case against George Zimmerman..... Rubio: Jesse Jackson's talk of Floridboycott 'outrageous'
By Jessica Chasmar
The Washington Times
“Trayvon is a symbol of a deeper malady,” the reverend said in a CNN interview Thursday.
Jackson charged that homicides against blacks have tripled since stand your ground laws were put in place in Florida. The Daily Caller reported Tuesday that the law actually benefits blacks in the state disproportionately, saying blacks made about a third of Florida’s total stand your ground claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of the state’s population.
“The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites,” the Daily Caller said.
Prominent black leaders split on Trayvon verdict, calls for Florida boycott
The Washington Times
Sunday, July 21, 2013
A member of the Congressional Black Caucus moved Sunday to dampen calls for an economic boycott of Florida in reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict, saying the effort could wind up hurting black communities.
“I think that many of us understand that sometimes when we call for those kind of economic boycotts, the impact on some of our communities can be really tremendous, and so I want to examine that first,” Rep. Donna F. Edwards, Maryland Democrat, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
She gave the warning a day after civil rights groups held rallies nationwide to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman while calling for a Florida boycott and the repeal of “stand-your-ground” laws, which allow people to use lethal force to defend themselves outside their homes.
In an interview last week with CNN, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called Florida an “apartheid state” and said he would consider launching an economic boycott if the Justice Department does not file federal charges against Mr. Zimmerman, who shot 17-year-old Trayvon during a scuffle last year in Sanford, Fla.
Singer Stevie Wonder announced last week that he would refuse to perform in Florida or any other state with a stand-your-ground law.
At the same time, she challenged calls by Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and columnist, for Americans to “tone down the rhetoric and recognize that we the people are not each other’s enemies.”
“But Dr. Carson, really to be clear, there are deep systemic problems that really impact African-Americans in the system that have to be addressed, and I think the president spoke to some of those. And so we can’t ignore that,” Ms. Edwards said.
President Obama compared himself in remarks Friday to the slain Florida teenager, saying “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago” and that the outcome of the case “might have been different” if the victim had been white.
The president earned praise from Trayvon’s parents and many others, but black talk show host Tavis Smiley on Sunday dismissed Mr. Obama’s remarks as “weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid.”
“This is not Libya. This is America. On this issue, you cannot lead from behind. What’s lacking in this moment is moral leadership,” the PBS commentator said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The Justice Department is investigating the case for possible civil-rights violations. The department has come under criticism after documents released by Judicial Watch showed that the federal agency’s Community Relations Service helped organize rallies against Mr. Zimmerman.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tangled with Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Illinois Democrat, after he said the Zimmerman trial reminded him of a lynch mob. Mr. Rush famously put on a hoodie last year on the House floor in support of Trayvon.
“You have a congressman who represents the most violent city in America, you have a congressman who represents the city in which 500 people were killed last year, 74 percent of them African-Americans,” said Mr. Gingrich. “You have a congressman whose own district is bleeding who puts on a hoodie as a symbolic act, but he doesn’t do anything about the gangs in his own district.”
Rubio: Jesse Jackson's talk of Florida boycott 'outrageous'
Posted: Jul 19, 2013 3:30 PM PDT <em class="wnDate">Friday, July 19, 2013 6:30 PM EST</em>Updated: Jul 19, 2013 3:38 PM PDT <em class="wnDate">Friday, July 19, 2013 6:38 PM EST</em>
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called Jesse Jackson's talk of a boycott of
Florida "outrageous" and "divisive" Friday during a stop in Orlando.
Jackson made the comments during a cable television interview, comparing
Florida with South Africa.
"The inclination [is] to boycott Florida, to stop conventions, to isolate Florida
as a kind of an apartheid state, given this whole 'stand-your-ground' law,"
Jackson said on CNN.
"Unfortunately, Jesse Jackson has a history of saying outrageous and
divisive things," Rubio said at a business roundtable in Orlando.
"I would hope this would be a time when our country would come together
and try to unite people, and not divide people by saying things that are
patently false and offensive," Rubio said.
Sen. Bill Nelson also was in Orlando for the Second Harvest Food Bank,
and he thinks a boycott is the wrong move.
"Don't try to punish a state by saying we're not going to send tourists to your
state, just because a jury's verdict came out like you might not like it," Nelson
By calling for a boycott, Rubio thinks Jackson would end up hurting the very
people he usually would like to help the most.
"It was a tragedy. I don't think anyone would dispute that, but I'm not sure
the hard working men and women in our tourist industry are responsible for
it, or should be punished for that, and that's what those who are advocating
a boycott are advocating," Rubio said.
Nelson said it's time to accept the verdict and move on.
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