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History Does Repeat Itself. Now What?

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On August 24, 1955, in Money, Mississippi, a 13-year-old boy went to Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market to buy candy and never came home.  On February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, a 17-year-old boy went to the 7-Eleven store to buy candy and never returned home.   Both were found dead. There deaths occurred 58 years apart. Jury selections of the Money, Mississippi case were 12 white men.  These men would decide the innocence or guilt of the defendants involved in the death of the 13-year-old African-American boy.  African-Americans were not registered to vote and therefore could not serve on the jury.  Jury selections of the Sanford, Florida case were 5 white women and 1 Hispanic & black woman.  These women were to decide the innocence or guilt of the defendant involved in the death of the 17-year-old African-American boy.  Both communities in Mississippi and Florida exhibited shock and disbelief in what occurred in both cases.  In both cases there were not any eyewitnesses to the fatal actions of the defendants. The jury deliberated for 68 minutes in Money, Mississippi, and rendered a not-guilty verdict on September 23, 1955.  International newspapers quickly responded.  In Germany, the headline read, "The Life of a Negro isn't Worth a Whistle".  The jury deliberated for 16+ hours in Sanford, Florida, and rendered a not-guilty verdict on July 13, 2013.  Some people responded to the verdict by indicating that the Sanford victim got what he deserved.

History has repeated itself. Now what? The difference on July 13, 2013, was the incredible outpouring of people of all ages, races, and ethnicities that shared the disbelief in the verdict to counter the opposition.  Legally, we heard the verdict. Collectively, the feelings were that it was morally wrong. People were angry and protests popped up across the country.  As a long-time resident of Southern Florida and a father of a 13-year-old African-American teenager, many thoughts went through my head as I absorbed the reality of the verdict.  This time the actions following the verdict had to be different.  African-American residents of Florida need to become part of setting the state's agenda. There needs to be a push to examine the application of our laws in Florida.  Lastly, people of color need to understand and take advantage of our second-amendment rights in Florida.  When I thought of the enormous task to move these forward, I thought of Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King.  Thurgood Marshall was instrumental in challenging the laws to end legal segregation and was successful.  State Senator Chris Smith proposed Florida Senate bill 136 in 2012 that makes four common-sense changes to the current Stand Your Ground law.  That needs to be successful.

Martin Luther King organized a 13-month bus boycott to end segregation on public buses and was successful.  The State of Florida will only respond to economic pressure.  It is estimated that average spending by guests outside of the amusement parks is $1.7 billion.  The hotel rooms generate approximately $1.2 billion.  Tourism is estimated to contribute $40 billion to the state of Florida. If you want change in Florida, impact the revenue.  History has shown that it works. This needs to be successful.  I am proud to see the energy and demand for change.  If my mother calls me again concerned about her grandson in Florida, I can tell her that joint efforts of all people outside the state and inside the state will change Florida. History does repeat itself. Guess what?

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High level comparison of the 1955 Emmit Till &... by Maurice Henry, Jr on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:38:06 PM
In recent years I've become familiar with the Emmi... by Art Costa on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 3:33:00 PM
The purpose was a comparison of the facts detailed... by Maurice Henry, Jr on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:58:35 PM
is that the comparison is more superficial than fa... by Art Costa on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17:55 PM
Again, the point was to spark a conversation. Joh... by Maurice Henry, Jr on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:23:46 PM
In the article you provided a link to, I noted the... by Art Costa on Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 7:43:11 AM