Jacksonville Urban League says racist mass murder reflects ‘disturbing trends’ in politics, government

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'These actions have emboldened individuals who seek to sow division and hatred.'

While some observers are treating Saturday’s murder of three Black people at a Jacksonville Dollar General as an anomaly, others see it as a byproduct of a culture that aids and abets racism and violence at the expense of equality guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Jacksonville Urban League drew a direct connection between the “tragic event” from the weekend and a political environment that has allowed prejudice and hatred to fester and spill over into violence.

“This tragic event is emblematic of disturbing trends we observe today — efforts by those in positions of power to tighten their grip on the lives of citizens not only in our region but across Florida and the entire nation. We have witnessed attempts to undermine the progress made by educated leaders in education and business who seek to eradicate racist attitudes,” read a statement from the Urban League.

“Furthermore, the imposition of legal barriers obstructs genuine initiatives aimed at achieving equitable treatment for all. These actions have emboldened individuals who seek to sow division and hatred, resorting to intimidation and violence to advance their own narrow agendas.”

The group urges local and state leaders to take a second look at their policies and political posturing.

“In the face of these challenges, we call upon every leader in our city and state to reflect deeply on their responsibilities. It is imperative that we collectively put an end to the propagation of hate,” the Urban League added.

“We must unequivocally declare that every citizen, regardless of their background, is deserving of equal treatment and respect. Our strength as a society lies in our diversity, and we must actively safeguard this pluralism from those who would seek to undermine it.”

Those who don’t understand that, the statement adds, should take a second look at their positions of leadership.

“Leaders who fail to champion these values and to send a clear message against hate should reevaluate their roles. Governance should be entrusted to those who are committed to upholding the principles enshrined in the Constitutions of the State of Florida and the United States of America — principles that recognize the inherent dignity and equality of all individuals.”

One leader who has taken the brunt of criticism, Gov. Ron DeSantis, has committed $1.1 million in state funds to bolster security at Edward Waters and to help the victims’ families.

DeSantis offered remarks at a vigil near the shooting site Sunday, but was greeted with jeering derision, which was only abated when a City Council member urged the crowd to quiet down and let the Governor speak.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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  • Margaret

    August 28, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    The most effective mitigation against gun violence would be to ban all assault weapons and to make ownership of any firearm subject to psychiatric evaluation, stated purpose of reason for purchase, and an age of 25 at the minimum. No concealed carry.
    No open carry. Guns do not belong out in general society. If used for hunting, they must be carried in trunk of car, locked and secured. In storage, they must be locked and secured. Each gun must have a lock on it.
    People don’t have aright to “express” themselves with guns.

  • Richard C. Russell

    August 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Check the facts, not the Liberal mouth pieces. There are 4 times as many Whites as blacks and yet blacks kill over 3 times more whites. To state it appropriately, blacks kill whites 12 times more frequently than whites kill blacks. So correct the narrative: blacks are 12 times more racist
    State it correctly or not at all. To all these black politicians who falsely claim whites are the racist: look in the mirror-you’re the racist trying to destroy America.

    • Michael K

      August 28, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Did you miss the Nazi symbols on his assault weapon and the manifestos – the emblems of white supremacists?

      • Peter

        August 28, 2023 at 11:45 pm

        “FBI data from 2017: 80.2% of white victims were killed by white offenders, 8.9% of Black victims were killed by whites, 88.5% of Black victims were killed by Blacks, and 16.1% of whites were killed by Blacks.”
        Now when you add in all the people of color around the world who have been, and continue to be, killed by white Americans in power through Middle East conflicts (drone strikes, covert operations with civilians and children as collateral), overseas sanctions (which are more hurtful to innocent civilians), police brutality, racial profiling, mass incarceration, redlining, forced indigenous displacement, etc etc (hmm let me pick one more… resettling Ukranian migrants but rejecting other who could die if they have to go back to their country)… well, you can see who has the most blood on their hands.

    • My Take

      August 28, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      There are 4 times as many Whites as blacks and yet blacks kill over 3 times more whites.
      Taken literally (never a good idea when reading GOPer garbage*) this could mean that even random killings would have four times as many whites as victims, and it is only three.
      *Too much homeschooling, private resegregation “academy” schooling, or quiting at 8th grade.

    • Sandra Myers

      August 28, 2023 at 6:44 pm

      If you look at all the killing of black people u must know the history they want to keep you from white people have killed more black people than anyone ever have that’s history

    • Richard is right

      August 28, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      you are right, Richard C. Russell, but the media will never say that, does not fit their agenda

      • Kevin

        August 29, 2023 at 2:49 am

        Let’s stick to the facts. He killed because they were black. It was his only reason. Whites kill whites and Blacks kills blacks. Look it up. Who is the media? All owned by rich people. Who do rich people want to fight amoung themselves. The poor. You know why? While the races fight each other they can run away with the money.

    • William K Ellwin

      August 29, 2023 at 7:15 pm

      Obviously if you read Peter’s factual data, you are either entirely wrong or a white supremacist…

  • LeavetheGOPCult

    August 29, 2023 at 12:54 am

    Check the facts, not hate speech of Republican cultists.

    The gunman had swastikas on the gun he used to kill black people because he was racist. Anyone who comes to a comment section about that tragedy to leave a rant about how black people are racist IS THE RACIST here. #LeaveTheCult

  • My Take

    August 29, 2023 at 1:15 am

    Their red caps shoud saý

  • Mike Thompson

    August 29, 2023 at 5:57 am

    Pope Francis has it right, try to be peaceful in your own world and expect peacefulness and acceptance in a larger world. Jamming your sexual cultures upon others and demonizing those who do not agree does not help. Jamming your political cultures upon others and demonizing those who do not agree does not help. The list goes on. When pushed too hard others push back. The easily influenced take their queue from radical leaders. The leaders live another day. Christ promised us peace but we have to back off. We have to accept his peace.

  • America in crisis

    August 29, 2023 at 6:52 am

    These killings are a direct result of the posturing and rhetoric from the the Republicans. Desantis and his sycophant legislators. The people of Jacksonville no he’s not genuine and doesn’t care about the people. Leadership requires integrity and the compassion of those you serve. Desantis should resign.,

  • vadertime

    August 29, 2023 at 8:48 am

    I am now in my mid-60s so I can reflect back a long ways and I think our country is going backwards. It seems that the progressive social policies established in the 60s and 70s are slowly being eroded by right-wing, conservatives who seem to control many states. Thanks to Trump, we also have a conservative, right-leaning supreme court, which appears to be set on dismantling a lot of the policies, judicial rulings and laws that were designed to make our society more equitable and more egalitarian. Social media, unfortunately, has given rise to white supremecy, racism and downright bigotry. As a historian, yes I have degree, I can tell you that this underlying current of racism and white power has been with us since before the civil war. It is only able to rise it’s ugly head out of the cave where it has been living thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Internet in general. These groups also felt they were given license by Trump to come out of the holes they had been hiding in for these past many decades. Unfortunately, the United States is not alone. It is also happening in Great Britain and many other European nations. It is both sad and unfortunate, but racism has been with us for over 6000 years in the form of slavery and subjugation of one group of humans by another. I am not sure if and when we can rise above this and become more enlightened creatures, but one can only hope that in the future such a society will exist. God bless.

    • My Take

      August 29, 2023 at 9:14 am

      You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,
      You’ve got to be taught from year to year,
      It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear—
      You’ve got to be carefully taught!

      You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
      Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
      And people whose skin is a different shade—
      You’ve got to be carefully taught.

      You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
      Before you are six or seven or eight,
      To hate all the people your relatives hate—
      You’ve got to be carefully taught!
      You’ve got to be carefully taught!

      — South Pacific

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