Stevie Wonder started it, mentioning his intentions up in Quebec earlier in the week. (CNN)
"I decided today that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder told the audience at a concert in Quebec on Sunday night. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."Now the racist Congressional Black Caucus is saying they would support an economic boycott of Florida (Mandy Nagy at Legal Insurrection).
The push for an economic boycott of Florida has ratcheted up in recent days, with some members of the Congressional Black Caucus now publicly supporting the idea of such an action. The underlying target of their ire? Stand Your Ground laws, of course.
From The Hill:
A number of House Democrats are lining up behind the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s threat for an economic boycott of Florida following the not-guilty verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin.The lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are fierce critics of the process that led to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the fatal shooting last year of the Florida teenager. Exerting pressure on Florida’s economy as Jackson is suggesting, they said, could help overturn the state’s controversial stand-your-ground laws that many contend contributed to the tragedy.Among lawmakers who’d support an economic boycott of Florida is Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who suggested that forcing the revenues to decline for conventions and prominent businesses in the state, such as Disney World and Universal Studios, “will get the attention of the powerful.”
These community organizers and lawmakers who support the notion of a boycott want you to ignore that Stand Your Ground was not applicable in Zimmerman’s specific situation.Never mind that statistics show who Stand your Ground benefits the most....the black community.
African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans.
Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites.How far we've fallen in 31 years from when "Ebony and Ivory lived together in perfect harmony."
And the fall occurred under the first black President, who was hyped to be the racial divider.