Florida Today: "Worse Than Mississippi"
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21358
If Emancipation means the right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, then Florida falls short. In the 20th century we were a leader in environmental racism.
Nationally, we are at a point of both crisis as well as opportunity. In the election of 2012, 75% of Latinos who cast their ballots in the presidential election, cast them in support of President Barack Obama. Is it any wonder that state legislatures across the land are now targeting the voting rights of Latinos?
The supervisor of elections of Polk County, Florida stated that on the eve of the 2012 presidential election, the state was trying to force her to purge Latino voters. "It was sloppy, it was slapdash and it was inaccurate," Polk County Supervisor Lori Edwards stated. "They were sending us names of people to remove because they were born in Puerto Rico. It was disgusting."