I won’t even bother pointing out that three of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are from Florida. Are they proposing to boycott themselves?
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.
Stand Your Ground had nothing to do with the actual legal issues of the case. And those laws statistically benefit black people more than white people.
“That’s probably the best strategy, because people understand dollars and cents,” Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said Friday. “And they understand, if there’s a significant drop-off in revenues – at conventions, at Disney World and Universal Studios – that that will get the attention of the powerful.”
I’m sure no black people work at either of those places. Or in Florida’s hospitality industry. The Congressional Black Caucus’ brilliant plan is to put black people out of work to protest a jury verdict that was already made.