One of the world's most notorious race hustlers according to numerous conservative entities such as Fox News, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, says that he will not apologize to another conservative—Florida Gov. Rick Scott, after he (Scott) on Wednesday demanded an apology from Jackson over remarks that Jackson made about the state of Florida during his recent visit to the state.
“Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments.”
“It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to insult Floridians and divide our state at a time when we are striving for unity and healing.”
“Floridians are a strong, resilient people. We are fortunate to live in a great state where all Floridians enjoy opportunities to get a great job and world-class education.”
But during an interview with The Associated Press that also occurred on Wednesday, Jackson defended his comments citing questionable voter laws and the chronically lopsided incarceration rates of blacks as opposed to the general population—comparing it to “apartheid like conditions.”
On Tuesday, Jackson spent the night on the floor of the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. with student protesters who hope to sway policy makers to repeal the highly polemic Stand Your Ground law. It was at that time that Jackson called Florida “the Selma of our time.”
So should Jackson apologize to the state of Florida and to Gov. Scott, or should Scott be apologizing to the people of Florida?
Based on such recent, legal debacles and unjust incidents—things like the Casey Anthony fiasco, the fatal shooting of another unarmed, 17-year-old, black male named Jordan Davis for supposedly playing loud music, the worldwide interest in the George Zimmerman trial and verdict, the phenomenal disbelief that an unarmed 17-year-old kid named Trayvon Martin could not make it home from the store with Skittles and iced tea without being gunned down, the massively egregious 20 year sentencing of Marissa Alexander for firing a shot into a wall/ceiling, and this latest incident where yet another unarmed, black man, Roy Middleton; was shot in his mother’s driveway by Florida law enforcement while he was apparently looking for some cigarettes in what he described as a “firing squad” with “bullets flying everywhere,” it is safe to say that Florida’s image has most certainly struggled.
The state and its justice system have become the laughingstock of the nation with images of the old, clumsy, clueless Keystone Kops falling over each other fresh in a lot of people’s minds.
All of this has happened under Gov. Scott’s watch, and he cannot blame this slowly sinking ship of Florida’s public image on the so-called race hustling Jackson, which makes it much more difficult for someone like Scott to demand an apology from Jackson, when at the same time so many Trayvon Martin supporters and Stand Your Ground opponents are demanding a legislative conscience from him (Scott) and the Florida legislators.
In the end, Gov. Rick Scott demanding an apology from Jackson or anyone else is like the Grinch that stole Christmas demanding an apology from Santa Claus for putting a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking.