The Black Politico

Orlando politics and more -- from a black perspective

Protestors sound off against Trump’s Immigration Ban at Orlando International Airport

Sunday, protestors took over the Orlando International Airport to protest Trump’s ban on immigrants. Ironically, OIA issued a statement on Saturday that no detainees were being held at the airport due to the ban but on Sunday, as the protests were underway, 3 people were detained due to Trump’s new and unconstitutional policy at Orlando International Airport.

Protestors, or protectors as they called themselves, met at a nightclub called Haven on Semoran Boulevard not far from the airport to get instructions on what to do and how to behave during the protest.

“We will not engage,” shouted one march organizer as she instructed the crowd on what to do. One major rule was to not engage any Trump supporters so that violence would not break out. Protestors then caravanned over to the airport and began chants and a march that lasted for about an hour. An estimated 1500 people or all races and religions were in attendance.

Some elected officials were in attendance. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith and U.S. Representative Darren Soto marched and showed their support.

A lady wearing a hijab, with tears of joy in her eyes, rested her head on Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith’s shoulder. She was overwhelmed at the support Central Floridians showed. Smith said to her, “Look around. This is your community. We are here for you.” That wasn’t done on a stage or in plain view, but happened naturally as the crowd moved about the airport.

Not all elected officials who claimed support were in attendance. The ACLU showed up with a banner and shouted, “No Ban, No Wall” and “Islamophobia has got to go!”

Trump’s ban on immigration is unconstitutional but his supporters are backing him. A Fox News poll read 48% of Americans agree with Trump’s position on immigration.

Even people with green cards and visas were being detained in the past few days due to Trump’s Executive Order. They were asked to give up their contacts in their phones and were instructed to list the websites they’ve visited.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit and was able to overturn Trump’s ban but airports around the country were still detaining people.

President Obama also banned immigrants coming into the United States but not on a scale of this magnitude.

Trump, an immigrant himself, banned refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya (only one refugee from Libya entered the United States in 2016), Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

During his campaign, Trump’s immigration plan also includes building a wall along the Mexican border and having Mexico pay for it. He has since changed his position and said Americans will first pay for it and then we’ll have Mexico pay us back with a 20% tax on imports to the US.

The Controversial Case Against Markeith Loyd

This is a pivotal case in the rights of Black people in America, whether we collectively realize it or not.

Markeith Loyd, a triple murder suspect, was captured by police last week after a 9-day manhunt.

According to Orlando Police Department’s Chief Mina, OPD officers along with other agency officers were on scene when Loyd was located in a house only two blocks away from the family of Officer Debra Clayton, the Officer Loyd is accused of killing.

According to the aerial view of Loyd’s capture, the suspect crawled out to the officers, surrendered and ‘cowered like a little girl.’

During Loyd’s perp walk, he shouted, “They beat me up. They beat me up. They beat me up.”

Newly elected State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who ran as a candidate funded by George Soros, the financier of the Black Lives Matter movement, can’t seem to find sufficient evidence to charge any of the Officers with excessive force in this case. Not only that, at this time, she’s not even investigating excessive force against Loyd. Read the previous paragraph again. Does that even make any sense? The answer is no.

During the press conference after Loyd’s capture, elected leaders took to the podium and described Loyd as a killer, never using the word “alleged” or “suspect.” The description of Loyd by leaders makes it that much harder for Loyd to have a fair trial.

The Orlando Sentinel and journalist Rene Stutzman did an in depth piece on excessive force by the Orlando Police Department last year that I believe everyone should read.
According to the law, Loyd should have excessive force charges brought up against the arresting Officers. There’s plenty of evidence that shows he was beaten. Loyd didn’t need to yell that out because we could clearly see that. We also saw him surrender and then be kicked and beaten.

Let’s get one thing straight. Officers are human beings. They lost two of their own while trying to apprehend this suspect. Loyd is lucky he came out alive because had I been an officer I don’t know if I could have shown the restraint they showed to keep him breathing. But, under the law and according to Loyd’s actions when he surrendered, Loyd deserved to come out of that house looking like Dylan Roof did when cops took him into custody.

Roof, the Charleston 9 shooter, went into a Black church and shot worshippers killing 9 of them. He’s now rightfully serving a death row sentence. Now and only now can Roof be called a cold-blooded killer without damaging his case or defaming him.

Here’s the irony. The current State Attorney, a Black woman, rode into Orange and Osceola counties, closed the primaries with a fake write-in candidate and then used $1.4 million of Black Lives Matter money from George Soros to call the previous administration racist. Keep in mind and regardless of what you heard, that previous administration, run by a white man, did charge police with excessive force against Black people.

Ayala promised to be fair to the Black community and to hold those responsible, accountable. But that’s not what appears to be happening here. This Loyd guy, to me, is a monster. But according to what America put down on paper, he’s supposed to be innocent right now, until he is proven guilty. That same State Attorney, the same State Attorney that sat on the Orlando Police Department review board and refused to move forward with charges against OPD officers for excessive force, is now remaining true to her history, regardless of the law and is not pressing any agency, including her own, to draft charges against the officers that beat Markeith Loyd.

That should scare every resident in the ninth judicial, regardless of your race. Roof, was tried in a court of law and ultimately sentenced. He had due process. Laws are put in place for a reason and we should follow them. Roof, a white boy, was not a victim of excessive force.

As for Markeith Loyd, I say, your rights have been clearly violated as an American citizen based on what America promised. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11, states, “everyone charged with a penal offense, has the right to be presumed innocent, until proven guilty, according to law in a public trial, at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.”

When you strip someone like Loyd of his rights, you make him more likely to be back on the streets again.

Each person standing at that podium during that Press Conference, post Loyd’s arrest, should have been briefed by a well-versed Public Information Officer, prior to going on camera.

However, Mr. Loyd, you likely deserved what you received when you crawled out on your hands and knees to your oppressors. Good luck with a fair trial. So far, it doesn’t look like you’re getting one and you have a Black State Attorney to thank for that.

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

I’ve been watching the Democratic Party races up-close and from afar. It’s a mess. One big, hot, mess.

A guy named Stephen Bittel, a long time party donor, who has never served in a position in the party, used another member to cut a pathway for him to run as Florida Democratic Party Chair. To put things into perspective, this is the seat that was previously held by Allison Tant.

Bittel has long supported the messy way things have been handled in the Democratic Party.

Democrats lost a host of seats and now have to bow down to 31 Republican governors along with a Congress that not only successfully stopped the agenda of President Obama but now has even more power to support the new President.

This kind of party leadership should end if the Democrats want to win seats and reel in even more money and active members. Unfortunately, the party didn’t realize or care about this until after the loss of the latest Presidential election to President elect Donald J. Trump.

If voters in the Democratic Party simply shift people but not agendas, the devastation will continue.

Money is a key element in this shift and big donors are donating even more money, in some cases, to keep the same mindset. What is it that they are not seeing? We already know the Democrats lost the Oval Office, Congress (both the House and Senate) and will have no say on who gets to sit on the Supreme Court bench which is big deal for all people, especially people of color. It’s as if Democrats have duct tape over their mouths and need to sit quietly by while their opposition, the Republicans, run this country at full blast.

Let’s be clear. Democrats have to care about the money. They need as much as they can get and they have to stop spending it wildly and without attaching real results to their expenses. But, they should not sacrifice members or more elections in order to do it. If they rebuild a winning party, they’ll build more money and more members.

I’ve spoken with people who could be key donors to the Democratic Party and there’s a lot of money out there to be given but they are unwilling to donate to a party who will waste money, employ laziness and support a high-turnover rate during the election seasons.

One bright nugget in all of this is Senator Dwight Bullard. Bullard just busted a brilliant move on the party. He went from being a disenfranchised candidate in the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Democratic Party, to being actively a part of the Florida election by launching his campaign and website, DwightUnites.com. Bullard put his name in the hat for Florida Democratic Party Chair and is now a contender alongside Bittel. That shows Bullard is not messing around. It shows Progressives are as serious about changing this party as the Tea Party was about changing the Republican Party. That’s what needs to be done in order to bring the party back to the fierce, ugly reality it faces.