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NAACP demands Rick Scott and lawmakers remove Confederate symbols from Capitol

Adora Obi Nweze

Special to the Times

Adora Obi Nweze



Given the vacuum left by Gov. Rick Scott's silence on the matter, the NAACP Florida State Conference is calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols at the state Capitol. The group is asking for legislative leaders to support a ban on all Confederate symbols on public property across the state.

Here's a statement released Tuesday quoting Adora Obi Nweze, president of NAACP Florida State Conference and a member of the National Board of Directors.

 “The NAACP is against all forms of hate, racism, and discrimination.  With the hatred and pure evil on display in Charlottesville and this movement now appears to have its sights on Florida to incite violence and create major disruption.  It’s time for our Governor, State Senators and State Representatives to show leadership.  We are demanding the Governor immediately remove all Confederate statues, flags and memorials from our State Capitol grounds in Tallahassee.  We call on all members of the Florida Legislature to stand together and end the bigotry that has divided us for too long and support a bill banning all Confederate statues, flags and memorials from public grounds across the State of Florida.   We are and will continue to be steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:42am]


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