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Scott: Dream Defenders should leave Florida

Roger Caldwell | 8/7/2013, 12:23 p.m.

“I love the SYG law. George had his day in court and won; get over it. Jackson and Sharpton are in it to keep the race issue up. I agree with Bill O’Reilly, on Fox. Should they decide to boycott this state that is fine with me, and as usual, once again the spineless Detmocrats want more gun control laws; well the law is fine. Don’t commit a crime or attack any one and you will not get shot, see how simple it is. And we do not need outsiders coming to our state and telling us how to run it, don’t like what we do, go home and stay there,” says Florida resident Bob Hudsun.

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Roger Caldwell

Governor Rick Scott and many Floridians think things are going just fine and where there are problems, they are being resolved. Our governor believes that he is helping the state heal, and the different national protest leaders around the country should apologize and keep their mouths shut.

At this moment there is a war of words going on with Scott and the Republicans with Rev. Jesse Jackson, and our governor is condemning Jackson’s comments as ‘reckless and divisive.’ “It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to insult Floridians and divide our state at a time when we are striving for unity and healing,” Scott said. Our governor must keep his TV off, because activists around the country are organizing a boycott of the state as a result of the unjust conditions.

Jackson has labeled Florida an “apartheid state,” and compared the state’s handling of the Travyon Martin case to the civil rights horrors of the 1960s in Selma, Alabama. Jackson also says the environment in Florida is “toxic” and compared Alabama Governor George Wallace to Scott. Wallace was considered one of the worst racist governors of his time, and Jackson is acknowledging that Scott is following in his footsteps.

In an interview with The Associated Press, where Jackson spent a night with the Dream Defenders at the governor’s office, he went over a list of conditions that made the state “apartheid-like.” Jackson started with our governor’s position on voters’ rights, when he tried to limit access to voting by cutting early voting days. He refused to extend voting hours or add another day, when voters were standing in line up to six hours just to vote.

Jackson also draws attention to the alarming disparities in Florida’s prison population, where Blacks make up 40 percent of the population but are only 17 percent of the state’s residents. He cited the case of Marissa Alexander who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a bullet in a wall to scare away an abusive husband. The judge would not let this Black woman use the Stand your Ground law.

It is apparent that justice in the state favors one group over another, that racism is built into the system and that decisions are based on class and race. Jackson is pointing out the disparities in the state based on its records and he's right — it is time for justice and change in Florida.

Roger Caldwell is the CEO of On Point Media Group in Orlando.