Possible good news from Florida, or why I might go to Disney Land if I could avoid the rest of the state
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Well, we have been watching the draconian moves of one Ron Desantis (otherwise known as Diesantis — covid enabler, in his war against the minority population of Florida. He and his state legislature, under Trumpian republican influence, have waged a war against the Black population and are trying to destroy their ability to vote. In addition, the LGBTQ communities are being marginalized by the heavily Fascist attitudes of the right-wing. Some people may take exception to my use of the word “Fascist” but not anybody, in my opinion, who has taken a serious look at what the Trumpian brigands are trying to do to our nation.
However, we have got a couple of pieces of good news from that benighted state that even a cretin like DeSantis might be unable to get around. Here’s hoping fervently!!!! The first bit is good news from the Federal court system. It seems that Judge Mark Walker has struck down at least part of the attempt by Florida to disenfranchise persons of minority demographics, notably African-Americans, with their attempts to control who has access to the voting booth, or via mail or early voting, all of which should be available on the same basis for EVERYBODY.
Unfortunately, we have to depend on the federal courts since Congress is unwilling or unable to actually serve the people of this nation by doing away with jury-rigging and all the other ways that states are getting away with discriminating on the right to vote issue. Sadly, our own governor here in Louisiana is in the position of hoping Congress will investigate our state map. We are a state that is one-third Black in terms of population and yet we only have one district that reflects that. Jon Bell Edwards, recently on NPR, made the statement that Louisiana is absolutely the most jury-rigged state and is half as diverse in terms of representation for Black voters.
Fortunately, I am proud to live in the one district that is, as he called it, a minority-majority. In this district, our 60 percent black population is served by a predominately Black and therefore (with the republican racism so prevalent under the current republican party) a predominately Democratic representation. I can avoid voting for the party that has shown almost zero willingness to give a place at the table to Blacks, Hispanics, Islamists, and the LGBTQ community. I will never vote for a republican till that fact is changed.
Of course, we can hope that the Federal government will sue Louisiana for proper representation and the destruction of the jury-rigged republican drawn maps, but sadly currently that is the best we can hope for. At least Florida seems like it might be a tiny bit ahead of us in that regard.
In addition, there is some good news for LGBTQ persons in the state of Florida. While Florida Republicans continue with their efforts to marginalize the LGBTQ communities by the cover of a so-called “don’t say gay” bill, there are businesses that are fighting back and calling the republicans on this discriminatory action. This activity, mind you, is taking place while children and young adults who experience hatred flowing from around them, and know themselves to be targets of bullying and violence because of who they love, or who they know themselves to be genderwise, are committing suicide in increased numbers. This is obviously part of the culture of demonization that many politicians, including sadly most if not all republicans continue to foist on the American people.
Recently, it seems that Disney Land has come out in favor of serving ALL customers, regarding gender identity or sexual orientation, on an equal basis at their theme park. This is a massive sign of support for all of us who have been so long marginalized in this purported land of the free and the melting pot of all. That a major business would stand against a draconianly homophobic effort by DeSantis and the Republicans is a sign that things have a chance of getting better for not just some, but EVERYONE, in this great country. We know what Disney Land has done primarily because of DeSantis trying to pressure the company by making threats a la trump, if not otherwise.
In recognition of all that, if I had the budget, I would go to Disney Land, as long as I could boycott the rest of the state of Florida, but since I can’t, I will just have to wait a while before I consider going to Florida.
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