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Congressional Black Caucus Members Would Support Economic Boycott of FL

Congressional Black Caucus Members Would Support Economic Boycott of FL

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.

Sure, The Hill goes on to point out that it wasn’t, but reluctantly so.  And with a “but…”

In their defense arguments, Zimmerman’s attorneys did not explicitly invoke Florida’s stand your ground law, which allows gun owners to use deadly force in certain cases when they feel threatened, even when there’s an opportunity to flee the confrontation. But the statute did play a significant role in the case. Zimmerman was not initially charged with a crime, for instance, because the local police believed he had acted legally in self-defense.

OK fine, let’s accept that last premise for argument’s sake.  But let’s also consider the facts about how the investigation into whether or not Zimmerman would be charged in the first place actually played out.

An investigation was initiated beginning the night of the shooting, February 26th, 2012 and authorities handed the case over to state prosecutors on March 14th to determine whether or not Zimmerman should be charged (timeline here).  On March 20th, state attorney Norm Wolfinger announced that the case would go before a grand jury on April 10th.

That’s 23 days from the date of the incident to the announcement that a grand jury would be called to session.  The justice system’s process was in motion.

Instead, that process was intercepted, and the case handed over to a special prosecutor before the normal process could ever even proceed its course.

To propose an economic boycott of Florida because of Stand Your Ground or the Zimmerman case seems terribly misguided, at best.  For any number of reasons.  And for members of Congress to support the idea is further politicizing an already politicized issue that should not have been so in the first place.  Despite all attempts aimed at it to disrupt its normal process, the justice system ultimately did its job.

(I can’t help but point out as an aside that there’s actually been more to this that began even before the Zimmerman case, in the left’s war on ALEC and the NRA.  But that’s for another post, given the announcement that the Senate will now hold hearings on ALEC, the NRA, and “Stand Your Ground”.  It’s no wonder so many have so little faith in Congress).



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The Congressional Black Caucus position is that law abiding citizens must run away from a place they have every legal right to be if they are threatened?

They’ve sure come a long way, haven’t they?

    tencz65 in reply to Sanddog. | July 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    they ‘Did’ come a long way . Only problem is they now going Full Circle an REGRESSING at this moment in time . Whites are very upset at the butt kissing going on . My state under ‘Embargo’. Wow , now i feel important

    I would go further and suggest that the CBC want whites to shut up and take a beating without fighting back.

      NeoConScum in reply to Aussie. | July 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Bottom Line, Aussie, that’s EXACTLY what they’re saying. What sorryazz excuses for allegedly law respecting human beings. Throw in the Race Hustling/Snake Oil Sellers like Rev.Tawana Sharpton and Rev.Grifter Jackson and I hope to God that martin King is shaking his head in utter disgust.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to Aussie. | July 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      That’s what Trayvon wanted. It’s what Obama wants. The CBC arselickers are happy to give their king whatever he wants, no matter how it will harm Americans as a whole or black Americans, supposedly in whom the CBC is more interested,

      MarkS in reply to Aussie. | July 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Reparations, Aussie, just another form of reparations.

Congresscritters don’t care about facts and Rule of Law. They’re legislators and congressional legislation has little to do with law.

Comrade Terry | July 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

If they don’t want to come to Florida to visit us, that’s fine with me. I’m sure that someone somewhere would appreciate their visits though.

    ColonialGal in reply to Comrade Terry. | July 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Detroit has a few vacancies and a big black fist for photo ops.

      rabidfox in reply to ColonialGal. | July 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      And I’ll bet there is not Stand YOur Ground law there either.

        Aridog in reply to rabidfox. | July 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        You’d be wrong, see MCL 780.972 states: “Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

        Sec. 2.

        (1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:

        (a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.

        (b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

        (2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.”

      Narniaman in reply to ColonialGal. | July 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Good thought. . . Liberals should announce they are going to boycott Detroit because of Michigan’s stand your ground law.

      I’m sure it would be a whole lot more successful than a boycott of Florida. . . . . .

    I feel the same way. Would it be too much to hope that Obama leads the boycott and avoids us altogether?

ColonialGal | July 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

So if I have the CBC right Florida will rise vs tipping over now? Not sure how that whole Guam theory works.
Daytona must be doing a jig that they don’t have to put up with black biker week anymore!

Do they know ‘Walt Disney’ was an old white guy. enough said

If all the blacks left Florida because of the boycott I wonder how long it would be before other states ask to be boycotted.

    jayjerome66 in reply to faboutlaws. | July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    If all the blacks left Florida, it would have the lowest crime rte of any state.. & you can bet tourism from all over the world would skyrocket

Heck, why not boycott the whole dang racist country? Regulate the life out of white businesses, stop working and suck the money out of their pockets. Oh, wait … Barry beat me to it!

    Estragon in reply to JerryB. | July 21, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Since 33 states have some version of Stand Your Ground, the CBC will have a narrower choice of vacation spots. Most of them will be boycotting their own states! Well, would be if they were consistent and acting on principle, and not grandstanding for publicity.

    It is understandable that CBC opposes anti-crime laws, though, since so many of its members are criminals.

Humphreys Executor | July 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

As a person who has been mugged, I can say from experience that turning your back on and running from an armed aggressor (mine was armed with a bottle) is a dicey proposition. Incidentally, my aggressor was a young black male dressed hip hop style, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    well it fits the narrative an gives a few seconds to defend . same as if i see a ‘Skin Head’. I’m on my guard

    ColonialGal in reply to Humphreys Executor. | July 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    You were mugged or someone tried to mug you with a bottle and it went very poorly for them?

      Humphreys Executor in reply to ColonialGal. | July 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I was unarmed. My first instinct was to run but, as I said, you’re taking a chance of having something flung, or shot, at you or having you’re aggressor run you down. Also, what if the aggressor has an accomplice covering the your line retreat? Many crooks operate in teams. The way I dealt with it: I pulled out my wallet, threw a couple $20s on the ground in front of me, and then ran like hell. I figured he’d go for the money first and that would at least give me a head start. It worked. My overall point is that retreating is easier said than done. You have your back to the threat and no way to defend yourself or even see what happening behind you. I live in a non-SYG state. Had I been armed would I been justified in using deadly force? Probably, since the law requires you to retreat only if its safe to do so, but I’m not sure its a slam dunk. Besides, who’s got time to figure all the angles in that type of situation?

ColonialGal | July 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I have Bill Shatner on the phone anyone need some reservations?

Uncle Samuel | July 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

FL Oranges , Pecans and Seafoodmake awesome Christmas and Thank You gifts.

CBC members who speak in public often demonstrate that a representative democracy works because they seem to be cut from the same cloth as the ObamaPhone idiots who elected them.
They are Rachel Jeantel.

    ColonialGal in reply to franker01. | July 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Lest anyone 4get the CBC loved the nice chicken luncheon West got for them until someone said hey chicken – black people that’s raycissst.
    What a horrid legacy these self anointed black leaders have left behind as they got theirs the “folks” be damned.
    There is a special corner of hell for such people.
    Creepy people like beyonce and her husband a topic for another day if we have NOTHING else to do…….

      JerryB in reply to ColonialGal. | July 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      LoL! I looked it up here.

      Rep. Hastings: “We have fried chicken. And we have catfish and BBQ. We do not have watermelon, although sometimes people will have fruit. We serve a full course meal with collard greens. We have Jamaican beans and rice,” Hastings said. “But West “sent Chick-fil-A with biscuits. Ok?”

      “That was an ‘in your face.’ Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended,” he added.

      No watermelon, eh? Hahahahaha!

        Juba Doobai! in reply to JerryB. | July 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        Why is watermelon associated with blacks? I just don’t get it? I thought everybody liked watermelon. It’s one of those fruits that, when your body’s electrolyte balance is off, should be eaten to restore it quickly. Also explain the fry chicken thing, too. Why are American blacks offended by talk of fried chicken and watermelon?

          Baker in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

          If you really want an answer about watermelon and fried chicken I can write up my thoughts on how it came about. They are not from any studies but my general impressions.

      Radegunda in reply to ColonialGal. | July 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      I went through many years of life under the impression that fried chicken and watermelon were standard picnic fare for white folks. What a shock to realize we had been eating racist food all that time!

Uncle Samuel | July 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Florida Oranges, Seafood and Pecans make awesome Christmas, Thanksgiving and Thank You gifts. Healthy and delicious.

Just Google to find these. Most have free shipping. I posted this with links, but it disappeared. Maybe that violated a comment rule.

LilMissSpellcheck | July 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Attention vacation shoppers: We regret to inform you that your visits to Walt Disney World this month will lack diversity due to the boycott promulgated by the Congressional Black Caucus. No spontaneous rapping, no gangsta posing, no shouted niggas, no whispered creepy ass crackas.

If you’re eager for more justice for Trayvon, please plan your visit for after the whole half-assed boycott falls apart.

It may not be the happiest place on earth (TM) for the next few troubled months, but we’ll keep trying anyway.

    I’ll still get chlorine water . Disney gets all the good stuff !
    Ya, we’ll see how well the CBC hurts us in Fl .
    All we need is a Governor with a backbone aka:Perry

I wonder what the Florida members of the CBC think of this.

Frederica Wilson, call your hatmaker.

Captain Keogh | July 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Well I hope Florida remembers which political party tried to hurt them, the next time there is a presidential election.

LilMissSpellcheck | July 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

With the testimonials of Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Maxine Waters, maybe racists will stop calling Rachel Jeantel the stupidest woman in America.

Carol Herman | July 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I guess those participants who traveled to Orlando for their convention didn’t get enough discounts?

Imagine the “lucky city” that gets their next convention!

The only reason they like the word “boycott” … is that it has the word “boy” in it.

Here, in Pasadena, no one’s marching around. It’s much too hot! So, I especially love the sweatshirt “hoodie” attire. Do you think if any of these marchers faint, anyone will run over with “vitamin water?”

The Florida Bureau of Tourism needs to immediately start a “Look who won’t be here for your Vacation” campaign using videos from today’s demonstrations.

Uncle Samuel | July 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Boycotts are within the law and the rights of citizens, but DEATH THREATS are cowardly and criminal.

Yet, very Trayvon-like.

    tencz65 in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Wow she scared . Change that # girl . the peaceful caring black community . NOT

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Threatening a woman for having a similar phone number is just like threatening an elderly couple with the same last name: wrong, Wrong, and WRONG!!!

    Is it just me, or am I seeing some people out there wanting to spill innocent blood? Somebody is going to get killed before this whole thing is over, I fear.

theduchessofkitty | July 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Don’t blame a whole, entire state for the actions of a few!

Who decided that verdict – six women? One Hispanic, five white women. There was an alternate juror who is black, and agreed with their verdict.

Since they cannot target and bring grief to the jurors nor the alternate, because they have chosen complete anonymity (Who can blame them at this point?), what else is out there to “send a message” to?…

If they want to boycott somebody, why not take it on every white or Hispanic woman-owned business out there? They’re perfect targets for a boycott! They will feel the pinch, for sure.

Hey, why not boycott black male-owned businesses, too? The alternate juror was a black male. It’s only fair… right?

Point is: this is getting ridiculous!

    Uncle Samuel in reply to theduchessofkitty. | July 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    The Jury evaluated the evidence according to the Law. They managed to overcome the accusation, innuendo, emotionalism that comprised the Prosecution’s entire Crumped up case and come up with the right verdict.

    They are heroines.

NC Mountain Girl | July 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Isn’t it interesting that with all this talk of racial sensitivity, Bill Maher continues to get a pass when he ridicules people like Dr. Ben Carson. I’ll pay attention to the Black Caucus when they take aim at people like Maher instead of forming a firing squad against those who threaten to stray from their Democrat plantation.

So called progressive policies have left the black family all but destroyed and left black children woefully uneducated for any jobs much less those of the future by largely black, female staffed public schools. The major urban centers are going bankrupt. The entire Zimmerman case starts to look like nothing more than a desperate distraction from the fact that the coalition between urban blacks and white progressives has been a complete disaster for most black Americans.

Except for a few Ivy educated metrosexuals, Black men have fared exceptionally poorly under progressive policies. I find it encouraging that I cannot remember a time when more blacks were speaking out articulately against the progressive madness, particularly black men. One could be see as an anomaly. Alan West, Tim Scott, Dr. Carson, E.W. Jackson and former Congressman/party switcher Artur Davis start to resemble a trend.

Exasperated | July 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

These folks neeeveer get it do they? Do they really think the rest of the country won’t realize that the best time to go is during a boycott?

Think a boycott of Florida might hurt the livelihoods for some of the 2.5 million blacks who live there. Black unemployment was 13.7% in Florida for the month of June. Since those who have left workforce b/c they can’t find jobs are not counted the number is closer to 18% or more. Where are idiots Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Alcee Hastings and my personal fav the exceptionally ignorant Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz when other congress critters are calling for a boycott of their state and the people they represent. That any politician would call for a boycott of any of our states is insulting and reprehensible. They are wishing to do harm to fellow Americans and the state of Florida.

This article and video from Reverand Hutcherson, brings down righteous holy hell on Sharpton (and his ilk)!


Dear CBC, Race Hustlers, Blathering Class and ALL who sympathize with the “Law & Order Concepts” coming from the Highest Crime and MURDER Percentage Folks in our population: MAKE OUR DAY..! PLEASE, GO AHEAD, MAKE OUR DAY!! ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY, PUNKS?

Here in Florida we ‘Fwaid,’Yo.

Well, well.

Look who’s turning all this into a race issue!

Go figure.

Richard Aubrey | July 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

There are some real deals during a boycott unless it turns into a buycott a la Chik Fil A.
We’ll be there in Feb, and I hope the boycott continues. I know that’s selfish….
I gather that as many as 33 states have SYG laws.
The best marketing was mentioned above. Clips from demos and the voice over, “Look who won’t be here for your vacation.”

This boycott is so short sighted. The CBC needs to realize that since the Oct. 1, 2005 stand your ground law was signed into law in FL, over 200 legal cases have used stand your ground. A majority of those 200 cases were black Americans who were acquitted, found not guilty or charges dropped because of the stand your ground defense. This source comes from the Tampa Bay times.

    JerryB in reply to GradeGov. | July 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    That’s all true. But your implicit assumption is that the CBC is interested in protecting those victims. Law-abiding gun owners are usually independent, responsible folks. If such traits spread throughout the black communities, the CBC would lose its base of dependent, bigoted folks.

Less people in line at Disney World and Universal!!!!

What the heck would the CBC say if there was a CCC? I think any “club” that is based on race should should have be banned, especially in Congress for Pete’s sake.

Aw, no threat there (about the racists Congressional Black Caucus boycott). They always throw up crap like that and it never works. It would be nice to keep them out of Florida for awhile anyway. 😉

BannedbytheGuardian | July 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Spring Break – gone kiddies.

The National Bar Association (for blacks) is having its annual convention in Miama from July 27 to August 1. Maybe the National Bar Association should set an example and hold the convention in another city. I hear that Detroit has a lot of room for a convention.

    ZurichMike in reply to ZurichMike. | July 21, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Miami. Need second cup of coffee! LOL

    NeoConScum in reply to ZurichMike. | July 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    EXCELLENT Suggestion, ZurichMike..!!

    There are vast expanses of rubble strewn wasteland in Motor City, thanks to decades of Democrat-Union rule/idiocy. Great place for the ambu-chasers to gather.

    Love your city, Mike, but long for August in our very favorite: Murren (aka Heaven).

It may not be strictly illegal for a Congressman to boycott another state, but I’ll bet it’ll cause some awkward encounters between the Florida delegation and the CBC.

May this latest whole-state boycott be as successful as 2010’s huge liberal boycott of Arizona:

Maybe the Gov of Fl should announce that FL will cease doing business with any state having Congressmen in the CBC. They’re going to be begging for OJ pretty soon.

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