Racism Explodes in Florida. Too Many Black People in Miami Beach

My wife and I were somewhat surprised initially by media concerns about spring break in Florida. Governor DeSantis has been resistant to lockdowns, forced face mask wearing and many public health recommendations. He has encouraged gathering and an open economy.

Let’s take a moment to remember history. Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of people in the third Selma Civil Rights March on March 21, 1965 — 56 years ago.

Martin Luther King, Jr — fourth from right — waves as marchers walk from Selma, AL, over the Pettus Bridge toward the state capital of Montgomery to demonstrate the desire of African American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

Florida’s governor seems to be more in line with Sweden and their “herd immunity” strategy than that of states like California. Looking at statistics today, Florida and California are nearly equal battling COVID19 deaths: 152 per 100,000 in Florida: 146 per 100,000 in California.

California governor Gavin Newsom faces possible recall due to the frustration residents express due to the strict lockdowns and other restrictions. Florida has been more welcoming. As a result, tens of thousands of youngsters have trekked to the state’s beach communities to celebrate spring break.

Thousands of Young People Gather in Miami Beach. Photograph: Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA

Miami Beach Extends Curfews and Emergency Action

This onslaught of visitors has frightened local officials. They voted Sunday to extend an 8pm curfew and emergency powers for an additional three weeks to help control unruly and mostly maskless crowds.

Some White residents referred to the crowd of predominantly Black tourists as “animals” or “thugs” on social media. “We have to realize that we are definitely fighting an undertone of racism,” DeAnne Connolly Graham, a member of Miami Beach’s Black Affairs Advisory Committee, told the Miami Herald.

Mayor Dan Gelber told the city commission that all manner of out-of-town and out-of-state visitors, not just college students, were filling the streets since Governor DeSantis called the state an “oasis of freedom” from coronavirus restrictions in late February.

“It looked like a rock concert. All you could see was wall to wall people.”

Interim City Manager Raul Aguila

This was to be expected. Miami’s tourism arm spent $5 million on its biggest national advertising campaign in 20 years. The region was hoping to see an economic rebound after billions of dollars were lost during the pandemic, which forced closure of last year’s spring break and many beaches across the Sunshine State.

Interim City Manager Raul Aguila claimed in fear, “This is not a typical spring break crowd. … These are individuals coming into the city … to engage in lawlessness and anything goes party attitude.” Anything goes seems to be a common theme during spring break festivals.

There have been reports of “multiple fights, brawls, melees, and other public displays and disturbances of the peace.” Police said they arrested more than 50 people and confiscated eight firearms since Friday.

In contrast, video clips and photos posted on social media highlighted thousands of spring breakers, many eager to simply let off steam after a year of COVID19 lockdowns, packed together and dancing in the streets.

Dancing in the streets? Why the emergency?

Miami Beach locals complained, “Don’t blame us!” They pointed the finger at out-of-towners for the chaos. Many locals joined in agreement.

“Don’t blame Miami for those crowds on South Beach. Nobody who’s from Miami goes to South Beach.”

Silas P. Silas, Twitter

Concerns over public safety prompted businesses to close their doors voluntarily during what would normally be among their most profitable days of the year and after months of hardship caused by the pandemic.

Police Chief Richard Clements said the trouble intensified Monday, when an unusually large crowd blocked Ocean Drive “and basically had an impromptu street party.” Oh, no … a street party!

Manager Aguila explained the real concern: crowds aren’t eating at restaurants or patronizing businesses generating badly needed tourism dollars. People are merely congregating by the thousands in the street.

They’re mostly Black Americans. White and Hispanic Americans seem to have a problem with this.

Too Many Black Folks Dancing in Miami Beach
Too Many Black Folks Walking in Miami Beach
To Many Black Folks Congregating in Miami Beach
Too Many Black Folks Having Fun in Miami Beach
Penalty for Partying While Black in Miami Beach
Miami Beach Does Not Want Black Folks Here
Scared Political Officials Demand Strong Police Presence
White College Kids Welcomed. Black Males Arrested
Why Does This Black Woman Scare Miami Beach?

Photo Source: AP

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8 thoughts on “Racism Explodes in Florida. Too Many Black People in Miami Beach

    1. Thank you for your thoughts. Sadly, you’re probably correct. Black folks have enriched America so greatly! Wish we could move past this lingering racism. To all our followers who are African American, Asian America, people of color … thank you! America does appreciate you. Hand-in-hand, we’ll continue our efforts to build a more equal and equitable nation for all.

  1. People don’t fear a black planet. They fear black thuggery. Raping, robbing, beating, murdering. All of these rise dramatically with a surge in the black population in a way that an NRA convention, Art Basel, Anti-Defamation League, or just about any non-black event doesn’t. Fearing Miami Beach black spring breakers is not racism on the part of business owners and residents… it’s just survival instinct.

    1. Aloha Lilith,
      Apologies for our late response. Thank you for commenting. We appreciate that you pointed out “people do not fear a black planet.” We believe people are basically good as well. And we acknowledge your statement people “fear black thuggery.” We would like to add people fear thuggery that comes from those of ALL colors. We would like to elevate discussions so color of skin is not relevant … People fear thuggery!

      Your statement, “Fearing Miami Beach black spring breakers is not racism …” in our opinion, is racist. You have grouped ALL spring breakers who might have dark skin. Surely, you don’t mean that. You seem better informed and educated than this.

      We believe there were good spring breakers in Miami Beach who were Black; just as there were bad spring breakers who where White, Brown or Asian. In all groups, we find both good and bad.

      We all have an instinct to survive. The sooner we recognize color of skin, sexual orientation, gender, age or other demographic characteristic do not determine our behavior — our heart and character does — we’ll increase our chances for survival. Thanks for commenting and we appreciate the discussion.

  2. I’m not going to waste time writing out a well thought out comment and just say that black people down in Florida especially are disgusting thugs for the most part and they should hang. You retards have no idea how bad it is. Go to Riviera Beach and walk around for a few hours. You won’t be sucking black dick after that. Keep defending people who DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU. They would rob you and leave you for dead in a heart beat. White college kids do not equal Haitian thugs. You white people siding with all this BLM bull shit are an embarrassment to our race and you’ll hang with the rest of them when the time comes. Fuck you all

    1. Aloha Kyle,
      We have approved your comments to be posted, as you clearly are upset, frustrated and angry. We believe you need a safe place to vent. Unequivocally, we disagree 100%. However, we believe Americans must be free to speak out at this time. We do not agree “Black people down in Florida especially are disgusting thugs” or that “they should hang.” We consider these to be racist and unfounded charges.

      To refer to others as “r*tards” is uncivil language. To discuss “sucking … … … after that” shows considerable immaturity.

      Why then did we allow your post? You are full of anger and hatred. Shutting the door on you does not lead to resolution. We are here to discuss with you in a polite, civil and compassionate manner. Although you end, “F*ck you all,” we send love and aloha your way.

      We do not side with BLM; we side with All Lives Matter — including our Black brothers and sisters, Asians, Europeans, Latins, LGBTQ community and all groups not mentioned. You matter!

      We hear your pain. What can we do to help you see the GOOD in all people? Ultimately, we’re all sinners looking for a righteous path.

  3. My native North Miami was a wonderful place to grow up in. Decades ago.The entire area was predominantly white.
    It is no no more “ Diverse”….. white flight.
    I will spare you the details on events that lead up to white people saying…… enough of the blacks, a minority population responsible for majority gun crime… etc

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