Skip to comments.Boycott Florida: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Posted on 07/31/2013 10:40:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the Stand Your Ground Law that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. There are times when there is a convergence of ideas, a meeting of minds, such that a particular strategy has the potential to galvanize a movement. This appears to be one of those times.
The idea of boycotting Florida is not a Ron Daniels idea or Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) call. Rather, it is one that is on the minds of many Black people all across the country.
Dr. Patricia Newton, president emeritus, National Association of Black Psychiatrists, was so outraged by the Zimmerman verdict that she walked away from a $1 million dollar contract she was about to sign for a conference in Florida.
I met an elderly Black professional couple at Penn Station in Baltimore who were returning from a conference in Jacksonville, Fla.. When I asked if they would be going back to Florida next year, I had hardly gotten the words out of my mouth.
When the wife said that they discussed the murder of Trayvon Martin at the conference and had already resolved that they would not hold another convention in that state until there is significant change.
Of course, music legend Stevie Wonder said at a concert in Canada, Until the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished, I will never perform there again. Since his pronouncement Eddie LaVert, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick and Mary Mary are among the artists who have publicly stated they will follow Stevies lead.
While celebrities add credibility for the boycott, it will be the actions of the multitude of conscious, committed convention-goers, vacationers and consumers who will make the campaign effective. Economic sanctions against Florida is an idea whose time has come.
Just as Katrina ripped the scab off and exposed the raw naked structural/institutional racism in distressed Black neighborhoods in America, the murder of Trayvon Martin has ripped the scab off the persistent phenomenon of the criminalization of young Black men, racial profiling, stop-and-frisk and the structural/institutional racism in Americas criminal justice system. The problem is that despite episodic protests and periodic mobilizations, there has not been a persistent sense of urgency in Black America about these issues. The murder of Trayvon Martin may be a decisive turning point.
One week after the Zimmerman verdict, rallies and prayer vigils were held across the country to demand that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martins civil rights. While we agree that this is a correct strategy, there is little likelihood that this will happen.
At the end of the day, not only must we seek a conviction of Zimmerman, we must also indict and fight to change the law that is so flawed that it would permit an armed adult to pursue an unarmed teenager deemed suspicious and permit a grown man to kill a kid who fearfully sought to stand his ground against a menacing stranger.
Fighting to change this flawed law is about justice for Trayvon Martin, but it is also about all of the Trayvons in the state of Florida and across the nation who are victims of criminalization and racial profiling. It is about Black people consciously and collectively standing our ground against the attacks on the gains of the civil rights/human rights/Black power movements, the abandonment and disinvestment in distressed Black communities and the daily indignities we have quietly suffered for far too long.
The major component of the campaign should be to shut off tourism to Florida. This means Black organizations should not schedule conferences/conventions in that state until the law is changed. Groups that have already scheduled conferences six months to a year out should seek to cancel the agreements and notify the venues that Black people no longer feel safe to travel to Florida, particularly with their sons.
An option is to hold conferences/conventions at a Black College/University or Black owned retreat centers. In the event that your conference is already scheduled in the next few months, resolve to spend as little money/cash in the state as possible.
This campaign requires that kind of discipline. Do not schedule a vacation in Florida until victory is won. Do not travel to an amusement park in the tragic kingdom or golf tournament until victory is won. And dont purchase or drink any Florida orange juice.
IBW has posted a petition on its website www.ibw21.org where organizations, leaders and individuals can sign a pledge to boycott Florida.
Ron Daniels is president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Distinguished Lecturer at York College City University of New York. To send a message, arrange media interviews or speaking engagements, he can be reached via email at email@example.com
The communist DemocRATS in Virginia say it’s time to boycott Florida! Just more of Barack the Kenyan’s Unity Program for Amerika!
It might be worth pointing out that the “The Norfolk New Journal and Guide” is a “Black Newspaper” as opposed to a real newspaper.
She could use those $$ to promote economic literacy.
I’ll bet Las Vegas is glad that the attention is off of them.
I quit reading right there.
Supposedly, they boycotted us here in Arizona too. At least that’s what I heard.
This is good news really. The ghetto animals boycotting FL?? I wished they would boycott L.A. but that’s a pipe dream.
Hate to tell you this, Ron baby, but "Stand Your Ground" was not used in Zimmerman's defense.
It would really be nice if you and people like you got your facts straight before you demagogue an issue but I know when it comes to the Left and its rabble rousers I am asking way too much.
I guess if a boycott happens and people don’t notice..it doesn’t count does it? :)
This guy is a liar..and he knows it. He's a race baiter seeking fame and wealth over trying to divide all Americans.
George Zimmerman was not guilty of any crime.
He saw someone suspicious. He reported it. he kept an eye on them until he lost them and was then returning to his car. Nothing illegal about any of that.
Trayvon Martin was walking through the neighborhood at night. Nothing wrong with that either So far there was no foul and no crime.
But then Trayvon turned back. He confronted Zimmerman because he did not like the fact that Zimmerman was watching him...which was not illegal for him to do. He decided to get some whitey smackdown and assaulted Zimmerman, beating him mercilessly. This was illegal...and it continued on for some time, relentlessly. At any time Trayvon could have gotten up from the man he had punched, broken his nose, and was pummeling...but he didn't. He kept on until Zimmerman, fearing for his life, pulled his gun and shot the gangsta wannabe punk teenage kid.
That's what happened. It's sad...but George Zimmerman defended himself in as clear cut and straightforward a case of self defense as you can find.
But that does not buy fame and money as a race baiter. So this guy joins the ranks of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others to try and make a financial killing on it.
This would likely hurt blacks more than anybody else, as many of these black customers tend to spend more of their money in black owned businesses than elsewhere, if they can help it.
Yes, yes, punish people who did nothing wrong because a jury who did nothing wrong did not punish a man who did nothing wrong.
If that punishment means -you- stay out of our state, then please, punish us for the rest of time.
I am certain that waiters, waitresses, police officers and innocent people minding their own business will be very pleased with their punishment.
Whoa!..Stop right there!!......The stand your ground law was never a part of the defense...just as the insanity law was not part of the defense
This is how ignorant the so called press is now....but in thinking about it..they're not ignorant at all....they're just prejudice and biased and somehow feel that's a good thing!!....Makes me sick!
Liberals always think that if they threaten to stay away from you, that’s going to make you NOT do something.
> “I guess if a boycott happens and people dont notice..it doesnt count does it? :)”
Florida is likely to notice an improvement that will certainly count.
When I first heard about this mythical boycott (because of SB1070), I was in Prescott hitting the gun stores. I met a man and a woman from California at one store where they were spending hundreds of dollars, and I mean 100 dollar bills, stocking up on ammo. The guy was a former Marine major. He and my brother in law, also a former Marine, wouldn’t stop Semper Fi-ing long enough for this old dog-faced soldier to get in a Hoo-Wah! Anyway, they were on their way to Scottsdale to purchase a whole laundry list of stuff. He actually had a list of appliances, big screen TV and stuff like that. I don’t know how the heck they were going to get all of that stuff in their car. Probably had to rent a U-Haul. LOL! He said it was his answer to the boycott.
I will point this out. If there was a ‘real’ boycott....of a massive scale....it’d hurt minority employees more than anyone else. They are the ones who work at the hotels and restaurants, for $8 or $9 an hour.
The reality is people talk about boycott as though it will only punish one group of people. That’s not how they work in reality.
Boycotting Florida is a GREAT idea! People are nuts there!
We will give them the War. Where else are we going to go right now.
According to his girlfriend, Martin attacked Zimmerman because he thought Zimmerman is homosexual, and therefore a preparatory pedophile.
When they boycott a business, does that mean they won’t loot it?
dont purchase or drink any Florida orange juice.
Sounds like he wants scurvy!
Yeah, why should I be able to defend myself when some drug crazed gangsta comes after me?
Does this mean that all the Coloured people have to move out of Florida?
“Dr. Patricia Newton, president emeritus, National Association of Black Psychiatrists, was so outraged by the Zimmerman verdict that she walked away from a $1 million dollar contract she was about to sign for a conference in Florida. “
She needs to see a psychiatrist because she is nutty as a fruitcake.
Now we have black psychiatrists, as opposed to having psychiatrists that happen to be black?
Good opportunity for Florida to secede.
I whole heartedly approve!!
of course, this also means the citizens of Florida will no longer send in federal income tax... and all northerners will stay out
additionally, if you’re a thug and feel the ‘stand your ground’ law threatens your ‘livlihood’ ... then by all means, please... move to the northeast
sounds like a win-win to me.
If Florida offers me a million dollar contract I’m going to walk away from it too. I promise....just as soon as it’s offered.....I mean it!
This boycott could impact Florida crack dealers, liquor stores and chicken shacks.
The vast majority of psychiatrists and psychologists are themselves certifiable. And lots of them are hooked on the same psychotropics they prescribe like candy for behaviors that used to be considered normal parts of life and growing up.
I wish these vermin would boycott the US. They could cozy up to Cuba, Venezuela or Vermont.
Is there an Institute for a White World?
A National Association of White Psychiatrists?
Why? Cause that would be racist but it’s not
when they do it.
Amazing how that works.
Boycotts work both ways, and it is about time for gun owners to boycott black businesses that support black violence against others. Start with this idiotic newspaper.
Saves time when the first sentence is factually wrong. The reader can quit and move on to the next story.
You're right, and SYG was certainly unnecessary for Zimmerman's defense, but it should be noted that SYG was part of the trial. It was mentioned in the jury instructions:
If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in anyplace where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
Just a minor point, but it explains this SYG reference:
"Juror B-37 says they found the law 'very confusing' but decided that they had to focus on the moments immediately before Martin was shot, even if Zimmerman instigated the altercation, 'because of the heat of the moment and the stand your ground.'"
what if all the rest of society boycotted blacks, altogether? let the blacks take care of the blacks.
we know how that would go. they’d tear each other apart. they’re doing it right now but media and black culture ignore the massive black on black crime.
Another example of what happens when the media is controlled by socialists
-—— Original Message -——
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: investigate travelgate 2
Too many on both sides are playing with the truth of the Zimmerman trial.. The regime and the media set the premise for the trial narrative and their presentations ignoring the setting where the incident took place..An area having a “Neighborhood Watch”. If some of those so called conservative talk show hosts had interviewed guests who run such watches they would have exposed the regime and the media for the frauds they are. Particularly a “gated” neighborhood watch.When you enter one of these and start wandering around no matter if you are white, blue, red, green, or black. You can be asked your purpose for being there. You are on private property. And yes those on patrol can and do leave their vehicle and follow on foot if they lose sight of the person they’re observing.. .
Its the second time the President of the United States has interjected himself into a confrontation between those in authority on legal grounds reasonably questioned and released someone involved in a curious activity. Could this attitude be based from the idealized communist concept that there is no such thing as “private” property because the state (collective) owns the land ? .
In both cases those representing authority were reported as white . In the second case the person working security was attacked after questioning an activity while on private rights of way and allowing the person to continue on their way. Who then doubled back and attacked the neighborhood watch worker beating him severly on the ground and the attacker was subsequently killed in a struggle over the Neighborhood Watchman’s legal pistol.
In the second case both were dark skined.
Since the Zimmernan not guilty verdict has been rendered, the facts of this case are still being shamefully being concealed by the media to the extent they are advancing and are complicit in permitting a putrid injstice to be committed of the worst order,organized and instituted by our governent.While denied. It began as a miscalculation when a surname of a Jewish origin shot up and lighted the heavens like a star shell in the darkest of nights. It would have been difused if the media used pictures of both side by side because they look like cousins. And the area where this occured of paycheck to paycheck struggling homeowners of all races trying to protect themselves had been reported and not some ritzy all white enclave.they portrayed..
Worse yet the media is still pilling it on with ABC editing a a black jury members (remember when they were all white)t remarks to make it sound like she accused Zimmerman of murder .
The result as we have seen is that another marxist axiom (division) has been implemented which has resulted with gangs of black youths murdering happless whites who happen into areas usually where a black population is the majority. Those media outlets who by their delberate misuse of the instrument of the 1st amendment are just as complicit in those deaths as the regime is.
Instead the party that hypenated itself from God at their 2012 convention into demo-coms, and believe that all groups should be hyphenated , Afro-American, Hispanic-American, etc..Decided Zimmerman to be the egg that is to be broken,. sacrificed, so that we have an omlet..Just like Stalin did to the Ukrainian land owners known as Kulacks whom he executed, (and used that egg example) in a soclal engineering plan to organize collectives during a Russian drought..Because as we have learned there seems to be the intention to use a collective data base to create collectives.where a utopia of uniforimity of conformity exists. As was done in Detroit, and Oakland California.only this time a poor whitey or blacky wont be able to move,.
Just as with the energy plan where the cost of fuel used for energy and transportation and that includes raising the price of transporting gas and oil by rail, that favors a key contributer while the regime has been recently ridiculing the impact the completion of a pipeline, has skyrocketed those costs. Placing many on fixed or limited incomes dependent on government handouts. Resulting from this regimes socialist policies which go blameless. Now call for the sacrifice of Zimmerman who must die for another communist plan.. We all move together in centers designed and approved by comrades running the collective who (just like Obamacare arent in it) wont ever live there.
What should the Rebuttal and counter charge be ?
Why is this being done ? To cover up Fast and furious, IRS, Bengahzi, Solar panel gate, NSA spying on US,over-riding the constittution? Those are blamed on others .But not who accompaines Obama on his many trips around the world at taxpayer expence ? Were they the heavy hitters or their friends holding the presidents hand ? Never looked into either by the House and certainly not even speculated about or reported on by the media.
Seems like that could be considered pay back at US taxpayer expence. Isnt that an impeachable offense ? Now if somebody even suggests impeachment. What better way to discourage any investigation into malfeasance and corruption by organizing the base for riots in the streets ?
“The major component of the campaign should be to shut off tourism to Florida. This means Black organizations should not schedule conferences/conventions in that state until the law is changed.”
Yo, race pimps.... blacks are going to boycott FL? Damn, homie... how about Virginia too? Point is... WE WANT YOU TO BOYCOTT!!!
A black boycott of Florida will have all the success of those by the queers vs Chick-fil-A, the one by CA against AZ, the radical hairy-legged feminists against Rush Limbaugh, and the union thugs vs. Johnsonville Brats.
It’s like a child’s “threat” to hold his breath until he dies. It doesn’t work.
Better than a boycott, just move out of Florida. The state would be better off with out you idiots. Move to Chicago. There are a lot of people being murdered there, so you would be welcome.
Yup, he is a racist race-baiting piece of shit: http://www.blackagendareport.com/
Would it be acceptable to “boycott black people”? Of course not. But he’s saying the exact same thing about residents of Florida. What a two-faced racist SOB.
As is always the goal with the left, they HATE that people (especially non-black people) can defend themselves. That is what this whole case is about.