Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) demanded an apology from the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday, in response to Jackson’s recent comments likening Florida to the “Selma of our time” and an “apartheid state.”
“Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments,” Scott said in a statement released Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald. “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.”
Jackson’s comments came during a mock legislative session on Tuesday, meant to address questions in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of charges stemming from the 2012 killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Flanked by members of theDream Defenders protest group, Jackson urged Florida lawmakers to repeal the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law in a staged demonstration.
“The manipulation of African-Americans [in Florida] is disgraceful … You incentivize killing people,” he declared. “‘Stand your ground’ laws must end.” He went on to assert that a boycott of the “apartheid state” of Florida would be in order if the U.S. Department of Justice failed to file a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman.
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