-Congressional redistricting maps intentionally drawn to eliminate Black representation in Congress, and to disenfranchise Black voters,
-a special state "police force under control of the governor to investigate voter fraud" (allegedly) but is, in fact, designed to intimidate voters, especially Black voters,
-passage of bills like Florida Senate Bill 148 which censors honest dialogue about systemic racism, gender, and race discrimination.
-the censoring and banning of books, especially books by Black authors across all disciplines that tell the truth about Racism,
-passed a law which "prohibits" teaching and workplace training about diversity.
Racist comments by Florida's governor- "monkey-up," racist actions out of Florida governor’s office, and laws passed by the Florida legislature make it quite evident that in the state of Florida, Blacks Are Not Wanted.
And in an opinion that spans almost 300 pages, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker for the Northern District of Florida permanently blocked Florida’s new voter suppression laws from going into effect by issuing a blistering ruling that said the bill unfairly and unconstitutionally violated minorities’ voting rights.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blocked three major components of the sweeping bill from going into effect because they suppressed Black voters:
*A requirement that third-party voter registration drives include warnings, such as telling voters their registrations might not be done in time to vote;
*New limits on ballot drop-boxes including confining them to early voting hours unless they’re in a supervisor’s office and requiring them to be guarded at all time, and;
*A new law criminalizing the act of helping voters in line, even if it’s something as simple as handing out water or snacks.
Judge Walker, perhaps more importantly, took the rare step of placing the state under preclearance protection for certain changes it may want to make to its election laws.
These issues, these pronouncements from Florida's White elected officials have literally "pulled the covers" off of Florida's so-called "moderate" state image.
It comes as no surprise to Black Florida that historically, traditionally, and contemporarily, Florida is very much a Racist state.
MOVE OVER ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI, AND MAKE ROOM FOR YOUR RACIST FLORIDA COUSIN.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.