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'

ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA* 2013/07/22 08:19:39
Jesse Jackson blasts Florida as ‘apartheid state’

By Jessica Chasmar

The Washington Times

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

“Trayvon is a symbol of a deeper malady,” the reverend said in a CNN interview Thursday.

“No doubt, the inclination is to boycott Florida, stop conventions, to isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state” if the DOJ does not act, Jackson said.

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

By Valerie Richardson

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.

Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus told The Hill that they would support an economic boycott of Florida, but Ms. Edwards said Sunday that the caucus has not considered the matter.

“I don’t think there’s been a unanimous call within the Congressional Black Caucus. In fact, we haven’t even discussed that in the Congressional Black Caucus to my knowledge,” Ms. Edwards said.

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>

By Mike Synan, Reporter


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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  • ladyjane Rude I3... 2013/07/24 06:08:33
    Grow up - and really fast please...
  • Rude I3... ladyjane 2013/07/24 06:09:25
  • ladyjane Rude I3... 2013/07/24 17:00:36
    Yep - that's about your speed alright...
  • ReconMa... Rude I3... 2013/07/28 02:53:34
  • Michaelene ladyjane 2013/07/24 16:19:33
  • ReconMa... ladyjane 2013/07/28 02:55:57
  • Michaelene Rude I3... 2013/07/28 13:26:53
    The FBI cleared him and you are way to quick to parallel GZ to Hitler. There's something twisted in your comment.
  • ReconMa... ladyjane 2013/07/28 02:57:41
  • LeroyRo... Rude I3... 2013/07/24 12:52:21
    if zimmerman is a "white" hispanic, does that make barry obummer a "white" african american?
  • Adam LeroyRo... 2013/07/24 17:55:46
  • White P... LeroyRo... 2013/07/26 03:37:19
    White Panther
    Since he is 1/6 Black and 2/6 Arab, the would make him a Whit Arab.
  • ReconMa... White P... 2013/07/28 02:59:03
  • ReconMa... LeroyRo... 2013/07/28 02:56:51
  • ReconMa... Rude I3... 2013/07/28 02:52:03 (edited)
  • Beccy 2013/07/24 00:39:01
    Jackson has totally lost his mind. It's time for the black community to clean up their communities and stop playing the victims.
  • ReconMa... Beccy 2013/07/28 02:58:07
  • Jesse 2013/07/23 23:54:18
    jesse jackson serves no function.
  • goatman112003 2013/07/23 22:40:12
    Can't hang an Hispanic white so we attack all.
  • ReconMa... goatman... 2013/07/28 02:58:31
  • ratclifft~pwcm 2013/07/23 21:52:29
    who care's what this so called rev. want,s if he think's it is so bad here in this country why don't he pack a bag and move . if this man is a rev. i am a gold fish ,and i am not
  • ThomasMSmith54 2013/07/23 20:44:46
    Oh what the h... Tang instead of OJ w/ pulp.

    Mr. Jackson, There is no apartheid in Florida... well no more than there's always been. You don't have to sit in the back of the bus; you don't have to use the "Colored" bathroom; you can swim in the same facility with all the other urinating young, white folk; you can eat in the finest establishments providing you can afford it; why hell, you can even attend the states finest academic colleges.

    So please explain to me why I am supposed to drink Tang.
  • ReconMa... ThomasM... 2013/07/23 21:05:13
  • White Panther 2013/07/23 20:43:01
    White Panther
    "Do as I say or I will throw a temper tantrum". " We don't care if he is innocent, we want our pound of flesh for a White Hispanic killing a black man". "It makes no difference that 700 were killed in Chicago the timeframe Martin got killed and Zimmerman tried". "We want blood and flesh". " Someone must pay".
  • ReconMa... White P... 2013/07/23 21:05:59
  • Kaimeso 2013/07/23 20:38:42
    I suppose this would be like when black people decided to boycott shopping malls for a day,.. Store owners thought it was a wonderful idea since theft (I mean inventory shrinkage) would be down,..
  • ReconMa... Kaimeso 2013/07/23 21:07:34
  • Carol 2013/07/23 20:19:25
    There is already a boycott of Florida by the music industry.
  • ReconMa... Carol 2013/07/23 20:24:27
  • White P... ReconMa... 2013/07/23 20:45:05
    White Panther
    He's a damned idiot. What more can you expect.
  • ReconMa... White P... 2013/07/23 21:08:25
  • Carol ReconMa... 2013/07/24 14:23:35
    Americans have the right to protest, peacefully. A boycott is a means, better to do something that you believe in then just complain.
  • Kaimeso Carol 2013/07/23 20:44:04
    What was that South Florida band a few years ago that caused such a stink,..

    "Dead German Tourist" after so many were carjacked and murdered,..
  • sipeda Kaimeso 2013/07/24 02:23:00
    Yeah Jesse - did you boycott then - I remember this - lost tourist murdered without any "community" remorse. Come on Jackson - don't just talk out one side of your mouth = be the rainbow you say you are and stop being the racist you claim to oppose.
  • Carol Kaimeso 2013/07/24 14:25:01
    I am not sure of your point.
  • Kaimeso Carol 2013/07/24 16:10:07
    In the 80's some South Florida bands and their promoters were boycotted after they started writing songs about "Dead German Tourists". The crime was so bad that Germany issued a travel advisory warning their people that due to crime (black crime) that Florida was an unsafe destination.
    The carjackings were so bad the sheriff of Dade County (Miami) actually suggested that if someone stepped into the road on I-95 trying to flag you down that you just run them over.
    Several things happened as a result of that black crime wave. One is the added security at interstate rest stops since a number murders happened to German tourist that stopped to rest. The other is all identification was removed from rental cars because that is how the criminals profiled their targets as tourists.
  • Carol Kaimeso 2013/07/25 20:30:12
    Thank you for the info.
  • White P... Carol 2013/07/23 20:44:22
    White Panther
    Maybe I will vacation in FL this year. Sounds like it ought to be pretty safe down there.
  • ReconMa... White P... 2013/07/23 21:09:47
  • White P... ReconMa... 2013/07/23 21:17:40
    White Panther
    And the good part is that VA has an agreement with FL to allow Concealed Carry.
  • ReconMa... White P... 2013/07/28 03:01:53

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