Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) told a group of protesters that he will not call for changes in the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground‘ laws following the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict. In other words, he doesn’t give a damn. I am not surprised Rick Scott is taking this position. You will recall the extraordinary lengths he went through to try to suppress black voter turnout during the 2012 presidential elections, but he failed.

Gov. Rick Scott said:  The protesters again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law,” Scott said in a statement following the meeting.  “I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.”

Gov. Scott is  forgetting one thing — he can be voted out of office if he seeks reelection. His approval ratings are abysmal. There were reports in February that he plans to spend $100 million on his reelection bid.  That goes for the other law makers too. Another case involving an unarmed black teen, Jordan Russell Davis, who was shot by a white man, Michael David Dunn, will soon be tried in court. This is another ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. I am amazed at how tone deaf Gov. Rick Scott is but we can keep up the pressure on Florida and other states with similar laws to revisit the.

Gov. Rick Scott’s policies have hurt Florida in many ways. His choice to balance the budget, instituting tax breaks for free marketers like corporations and wealthy individuals at the expense of police officers, firefighters and teachers, have made his state a less attractive one. Since he took office 15,000 public sector workers have been laid off. He bragged about it at the 2011 CPAC conference (See video below). Thanks to Rick Scott, we were faced with an over-zealous volunteer neighborhood watch captain like George Zimmerman, armed and ready to take on the next burglar.

Woolworth Sit-In Demonstration in High Point NC staged by high school students in 1960
Woolworth Sit-In Demonstration in High Point NC staged by high school students in 1960

The struggle for equality in the justice system must not wane. We have to fight. I recently visited High Point, NC, and the hotel I stayed in was the site of the first Woolworth sit-in demonstration by high school students on February 11, 1960. We can make a difference but we must stand up and we must fight against the injustices in the system. It is time to boycott Florida and all other states with ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. Remember the Montgomery bus boycotts and the Greensboro Four Woolworth lunch counter sit-in?

Gov. Rick Scott bragging about laying off 15,000 workers: