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I must admit ever since this tragedy and abortion of justice has happened, I wanted to look closer at Sanford and it's own little world of hatred.  The results were astonishing
from a long history of racism.  

I missed this diary in 2012 that was spotlighted and I wish we had demanded this prosecutor change the venue.....I am linking it here again.

 I knew it was like most small towns in the south but never realized it had this kind of hatred.. Jackie Robinson and Sanford..Robinson, who actually paved the way into the civil rights movement had quite an ordeal there.

Jackie Robinson in 1946 On October 23, 1945, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that they had signed Jackie Robinson assigning him to their International League team, the Montreal Royals.

Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager believing he "knew" Florida, thought his team could train there ruffling as few feathers as possible. Robinson and his wife were instructed by Rickey not to try to stay at any Sanford hotels. He and his wife didn’t eat out at any restaurants not deemed “Negro restaurants." He didn't even dress in the same locker room as his teammates.

As soon as the citizenry became aware of Robinson's presence, the mayor of Sanford was confronted by a "large group of white residents" who "demanded that run out of town."

On March 5, 1946, the Royals were informed that they would not be permitted to take the field as an integrated group. Rickey was concerned for Robinson’s life and sent him to stay in Daytona Beach. His daughter, Sharon Robinson, remembered being told, "The Robinsons were run out of Sanford, Florida, with threats of violence."

In his 1993 book, "A Hard Road to Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete: Baseball" tennis great Arthur Ashe wrote in response, Rickey "moved the entire Dodger pre-season camp from Sanford, Florida, to Daytona Beach due to the oppressive conditions of Sanford."

This info came from Wikepedia and then I looked at the  demographics and no one can convince me that There were no black jurors available ? Please...tell me where this AA population is...Are they all locked up or just living in fear and don't vote?  I don't know but here is the chart.
2010 53,570  39.9%
Est. 2011 53,926  0.7%
2010 census
2011 estimate
Sanford Demographics
2010 U.S. Census Sanford Seminole County Florida
Total population 53,570 422,718 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +39.9% +15.8% +17.6%
Population density 2,333.4/sq mi 1,367.0/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian 57.3% 78.2% 75.0%
Black or African-American 30.5% 11.1% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino 20.2% 17.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.8% 3.7% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.3% 2.9% 2.5%
Other 5.4% 3.6% 3.6%
And more about Sanford and it's beautful fair city (snark)
Sanford sits near the northern end of the I-4 Corridor between Daytona Beach and Orlando. The Central Florida GreeneWay (officially Seminole Expressway or simply SR 417 along its Seminole County portion) begins in Sanford at Interstate 4 and forms the Eastern Beltway around Orlando ending at Walt Disney World. When it opened it was the most expensive toll road in the United States costing $5 one way end-to-end.
Now don't tell me that the State Prosecutor did not know this history..  She , Angela Corey had to know this history.  She did not ask for a change of venue.   Now I am even more angry.   Charlie Grapski posted on his FB last night that Tallahassee and Angela Corey's office along with every state, local and federal legislator's office needed protestors  to be visible and peacefully descend upon these offices to peacefully protest and in every meeting of city councils to try and make Florida get right.   A huge presence would make some folks look at SYG and other hate filled aspects of the state.

CNN now has posted an article about the past and it's tensions..

I would think some folks are wondering more and more about The St. Johns river.  I am.  How many of Sanford's black citizens now occupy that river with this kind of hate.
Sanford reminds me of Bull Conner's Birmingham and Florida is now competing with the hate of Alabama in the 60's.   This is not broadstroking... That juror last night expressed her feelings of the prominent citizen George Zimmerman when she said, " He has a good heart".   Words to that effect.  Too bad, Trayvon Martin had his shot up with a 9 MM.

Originally posted to Vetwife on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:44 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:44:12 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for this history. I am boycotting Florid (7+ / 0-)

    a.... and all other states w syg laws.

    "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

    by hester on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:50:54 AM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'ed (5+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:57:52 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for the republish ! (1+ / 0-)
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    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 11:43:31 AM PDT

  •  Another source of the cultural history (0+ / 0-)

    (Albeit fictionalized) is Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon (yep, the 50s era nuclear war SF novel.) Frank was a northerner who lived within spitting distance of Seminole county and Sanford while writing the book. It's a snapshot of the class and race issues of the time -- actually, about the same time as Jackie Robinson was trying to train with the Royals.

    When I recently re-read it, I zeroed in on the Henrys and how the Braggs related to them. The protagonist is a progressive of his era, but the situation exacerbates the damages the culture of class and race divisions had already built into their system. There's a lot of subtext on race, class, age and privilege within the context of the time.

    Randall Bragg says integration will take a generation and must start in pre-school.... But the tragedy of Seminole county is how ineffective de jure integration was. Some schools (especially certain elementary, vocational and alternative schools) are still majority minority; even within schools, there is de facto segregation. If segregation isn't a barometer of institutional racism, I don't know what is.

  •  While I agree with much of what you said, I hate (1+ / 0-)
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    the way people and the media are trying to parse every word that this juror said.  Everyone was hoping a juror would speak about the deliberation.  Finally, one did.  And exactly what was expected to happen, happened.  Those for the decision saw her explain how the prosecution never proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Those against the decision saw racism. So we all ponce.  I watched most of the case and didn't see how, BASED ON THE LAW, they would convict.  Zimmerman was able to tell his entire story without it being crossed.  The neighbor (Good--I think), the defense medical examiner and the lead detective all supported Zimmerman's story.  None of us could have morally sat on this jury--we all believed in his guilt.  But if 6 people truly came into that court room believing he was innocent (as the stated) then how could they decide anything else?

    The right is now using Jeanteel's interview with CNN to say she warned Trayvon that Zimmerman could be gay.  That any man following a boy has the potential to be gay,  That all children need to be fearful of gay men.  This is what happens, now.  We want people to speak, and then we attack them when their narrative doesn't fit ours.

    I don't mean to troll and apologize if this is taken that way.  But I can only say I would never sit on a big, national case that is polarizing.  You will certainly be attacked. She probably shouldn't have said a word about the case, but then we would have attacked them for not explaining why they decided the way they did.  

  •  Northern and central Florida is like 1950. (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Vetwife

    When it comes to racism, it was bad when I was in the military and stationed there in the 80's.  Segregation might have been outlawed but it was pretty much still practiced in public places.  There was a lot of hatred for Hispanics there then also.  Having lived most of my life on the west coast and in the Midwest, seeing blatant hatred, disrespect and discrimination of Everyone that was Non-white was pretty shocking.  It is one reason why I spent more time on base than off base while stationed there. The quality of the people was better.

    What you allow, is what will continue.

    by Nebraskablue on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 02:28:11 PM PDT

  •  I think the comment taffers was well (0+ / 0-)

    thought out regarding your opinion on the juror..BUT I think  

    We want people to speak, and then we attack them when their narrative doesn't fit ours.
    has nothing to do with narrative fitting ours.. I think it has to do with right and wrong and attention getting.  She was not there to discuss how they reached their decision..she was there to promote a book that is not going to happen now.  I predicited that last night that she was killing her book deal.  She did.
    According to her she had no clue it was a big case.  She lied about a lot and it was not pretty.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:55:37 PM PDT

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