Calls for Florida Boycott Following Zimmerman Verdict

By:  Raven Clabough
07/23/2013
       
Calls for Florida Boycott Following Zimmerman Verdict

The verdict in the George Zimmerman case has provoked an array of varying responses since it was announced on June 13.

Following a string of protests that took place in over 100 cities on Saturday, angry lawmakers and other groups have launched a campaign to encourage others to boycott the state of Florida, similar to the boycott campaign that was staged against Arizona in response to its immigration law. Opponents of verdict are calling upon the Department of Justice to file a civil rights case against George Zimmerman.

In some cities, protesters were met by those who supported the verdict.

The protests came a day after President Barack Obama called an unscheduled press conference at the White House, wherein he suggested that the United States was still not a “post-racial society.”

In his comments on Friday, Obama also urged all Americans to try to understand the Martin case from the perspective of African-Americans.

"There is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws," the president said. "A lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush. If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario … both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."

Critics of the verdict have blamed Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law, even though that specific law was not cited by the defense. But Florida’s governor has indicated no interest in changing the law.

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, who met sit-in demonstrators outside his office in Tallahassee on Thursday, said he supports the Stand Your Ground law and has no intention of convening a special legislative session to change it.

President Obama, however, found an opportunity to suggest that the law should be revisited.

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