Skip to comments.Pasadena Assemblyman Urges Florida Boycott Over 'Stand-your-ground' Law (CA Lib liar)
Posted on 07/18/2013 2:51:10 PM PDT by Mark
No more strolling on South Beach, no more key lime pie in Key West, no more visiting Mickey at Walt Disney World.
After the not-guilty verdict in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a California lawmaker called Wednesday for a statewide boycott of Florida.
Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, is drawing up a resolution on behalf of the California Legislative Black Caucus to urge residents of the Golden State to boycott the Sunshine State until the latter repeals its "stand-your-ground" law.
"Another young black child is dead and nobody is being held accountable, said Holden, who is black and has four teenage sons. "It is a true nightmare scenario for every black parent in America.
"By boycotting Florida tourism, conventions and conferences we send a clear message that the death of an unarmed black teenager cannot be tolerated."
A jury on Saturday acquitted George Zimmerman, 29, of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The verdict following the racially charged murder trial sparked demonstrations in Los Angeles, Oakland and other major U.S. cities.
Prosecutors accused Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, of wrongly believing Martin was criminal because he was black. Defense lawyers argued he shot Martin in self-defense.
The "stand your ground" law, which played an important role in his defense, was approved in 2005 and has since been copied by roughly 30 other states. It allows people fearing for their lives to use deadly force without having to retreat from confrontation, even if it is possible.
Holden's call for California to boycott Florida comes after soul singer Stevie Wonder vowed never again to perform in Florida until the state repeals the self-defense law. The performer declared his position at a concert Sunday, saying he also wouldn't sing in any state or part of the world where the law exists.
Holden said his resolution will be introduced when the state Assembly and Senate recess ends in early August.
The former Pasadena city councilman said it follows similar boycotts of Arizona by Pasadena and Los Angeles after the state passed a controversial immigration enforcement law.
Pasadena experienced its own version of a racially charged shooting last year. Holden was serving on Pasadena's City Council last year when two police officers responding to a bogus 9-1-1 armed robbery call chased another unarmed black teen. They shot and killed Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old football standout, after he appeared to reach for his waistband.
The McDade shooting drew protests from civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton who called for an end to racial profiling in Pasadena and other cities.
Holden never called for a boycott of his city at the time, and in an interview Wednesday continued to defend the actions of Pasadena police and drew a distinction between the incidents.
"It's two different cases," he said. "It was an individual (McDade) who was fleeing from police. (Trayvon Martin) wasn't fleeing from police, he was fleeing an individual with a gun who was told by police not to.
"The facts of the circumstances are different. One can argue they're the same, but they are different."
Holden said that when he heard the Zimmerman verdict read last week, he was disappointed and saddened. He later asked himself, Didn't Trayvon Martin have a right to stand his ground? What were Trayvon Martin's rights? He said any one of his sons could have been similarly shot, a sad commentary on racial injustice in America.
"That's the fear: that any one of them coming home from school could have been caught in the same situation," he said. "That's what brings the horror of this home."
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Can we secede, yet?
How did the black boycott of S. Carolina work out? Everyone I know there (refugees from NJ) are quite happy.
Pot, Meet Kettle!
Because they want to visit a state in which you CANNOT defend yourself if someone attacks you??
I swear if we do not get some intelligent discussion going in this country, well we already are sunk.
I encourage liberals to move out of every state with stand your ground laws. There are 30 states with stand your ground laws.
Boycotts are for weenies.
And why doesn’t the California Legislative White-Hispanic Caucus come out with a statement? Oh, never mind.
I’d tell him to “go fly a kite.”
A state headed straight for the sewer and lecturing another state how to live.
Pray for America to Wake Up
I would be curious to know what the spectrum and percentages are for the population’s response to the Zimmerman verdict and the Left’s bizarre responses to it. If anybody has seen anything indicating how America is responding, I’d appreciate a post here. I can’t believe that the vast majority of America sees what the Left is seeing, or, pretending to see. Is the Left actually damaging itself by their over-reaction? Or, are they truly energizing their core and converting middle-of-the-roaders to their view?
can we bankrupt pasedena?
California is in the dumps. It is a gutter of taxes and ecconomic stupidity. A cespool of illegal alien criminals, violent gangs, and drug dealing thugs.
Bashing FL is all they have to attract business.
(yes I know fr is hq in calif)
As a Floridian, I urge California to offer transportation and relocation assistance to all of Florida’s criminals and wannabe criminals.
Too bad for the ignoramus: SYG was not a part of the case. AT ALL.
Find some other pretense to peddle your agenda.
Imagine Disney without the faggots.
Imagine Florida without the commies.
Boycott man ... BOYCOTT.
IF whites attack blacks, what would be the advantage for blacks to have no stand your ground law?
Did any of these numnutz ever stop to remember they claim Zimmerman attacked first, and if they were correct then Trayvon had the right to stand his ground?
Stand your ground only becomes a problem for them when the evidence shows their man was the attacker.
It’s all too stupid.
Colorado does not have stand your ground, but does have make my day... it’s not a total loss there...hehe
Another young black child. Idiot rules the day. Child? no! Innocent? as the phrase implies? no!
I can't for the life of me figure out what repeal of the Stand your Ground law has to do with the Zimmerman verdict, but Holder, local Newspaper Editorial Boards and many preachers seem to feel that there is some kind of magic connection. The impression I get is if the Stand your Ground law was not in place Trayvon would be alive.
My understanding was that it was not part of the case, and that even if had never been passed, Zimmerman would still be not guilty.
Am I missing something or is there some kind of liberal foggy mind at work.