New York Gallerist Suggests Boycotting Art Basel Miami Beach to Protest Zimmerman Verdict

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Ian Witlen
Nobody's happy with Florida these days. And for good reason: the George Zimmerman verdict has convinced the better part of the country that there's little more going on in the Sunshine State than a huge, ongoing, racist murder spree.

A MoveOn.org petition urges travelers to boycott the state until Stand Your Ground is repealed. The legendary Stevie Wonder announced Sunday that he'll not perform in Florida until the law is removed. And the art world has gotten in on the action, too.

Jen Bekman, New York gallerist and founder of art site 20x200, called for a boycott of Art Basel Miami Beach on Sunday, calling it "an excellent way for the art world to express its disgust w/ the state of Florida."

The comment inspired a handful of retweets and favorites, while other @jenbee followers saw the idea as a wasted opportunity.

As GalleristNY points out, a massive boycott of arguably the biggest art event in the country is pretty unlikely. Given how crowded Miami gets each December, thousands upon thousands of people would have to change their plans before the average person (or politician, for that matter) noticed. And artists, as principled as their work may be, still gotta get paid. (Gallerists, too.)

Even as a hypothetical idea, boycotting Art Basel doesn't seem to make much sense. It amounts to punishing South Florida, the most liberal part of the state, for the sins of the conservative lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Besides, most Miamians would see fewer Art Basel tourists, and the resulting reduced traffic jams, parking issues, and overcrowding, as a good thing. If you're really set on punishing Miami for the Zimmerman verdict, why not send the whole gallery staff to town? Bring the extended family! And make sure everybody rents his or her own car to travel from fair to fair. That'll show us.

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nickbixby
nickbixby

The artist and art boycotts of Florida to protest the Stand Your Ground law made sense to me at first. I get the anger directed towards Florida for the enforcement of horrible legislation during the high profile Zimmerman case.


But there are actually over 30 other states that have similar laws in place. So unless Stevie Wonder is willing to REALLY put their touring money at risk and boycott ALL states with similar laws in place, you're simply riding the coat tails of a tragic story with the flair of nothing but pretend heroics and false solidarity.

And btw whatever New York Gallerists like ‪#‎JenBekman‬ suggesting to boycott Art Basel? You have no respect for art and its potential to engage and illuminate. You are a headline riding fool with no imagination or vision or ability to explore REAL world changing ideas. Please stay home. Spare South Florida of your sludge muck existence, you will not be missed, no one cares. ‪#‎boycottJenBekmanatArtBasil‬ ‪#‎stayhomeandspareMiami‬ ‪#‎getalifeassclown‬

The Stand Your Ground Law and states that have it in place:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand-your-ground_law


WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

White people should all just kill themselves.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

They should boycott Detroit and Chicago for black on black crime that goes unsolved?

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

Mob: Blame a guy. Punish him. --- Court: No blame. No punishment. --- Mob: Punish other people.

Sergio Diaz
Sergio Diaz

I agree with the anger and everything. But what did Art Basel do again?

internetinternet
internetinternet

They should boycott Miami Beach until the city comes clean on their own police involved shooting and all the other crime in Miami Beach which is no longer written about in the Herald.  Funny that NYC is just as crime ridden as Miami Beach. 

Richard Dispenzieri
Richard Dispenzieri

Yes, please stay the fuck out of Miami in December, that would definitely send a message to Sanford, Florida!

Diego L. Naranjo
Diego L. Naranjo

It's ridiculous. The international community doesn't care enough about this story to do anything about it. Besides, what does South Florida have anything to do with the outcome.

Brownie Izaguirre
Brownie Izaguirre

What does Art Basel have to do with Trayvon? This is so dumb.

Geral John Pinault
Geral John Pinault

Here in the USA we have the right to a fair trial. The very idea that anyone can protest the right to a jury trial and its outcome is ridiculous!!!

Didi Martz
Didi Martz

That would mean this will still be news come December. Highly doubtful.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

We already live under legalized slavery, when governments allow Temp Agencies to keep 40+% of the wages their employees generate.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

@vic monte some might say those statistics prove there's an imbalance in the justice system and the system is in fact legalized slavery.

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

this makes no sense at all. another illogical witchhunting twit. art basel has nothing to do with the state of florida's gun laws or self-defense laws. anyone with half a brain wont take her seriously. maybe she should channel her uncontrollable emotion into something she knows more about ...presumably art..

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Why doesn't she just boycott her own gallery to protest the hundreds upon hundreds of black youths innocently killed in NYC each year; effing hypocrite. What they should boycott is Memorial Day weekend.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Some artists are already considering that, given the shoot out the very last day in Winwood.

Spik Frank
Spik Frank

In 2010 there were over 31,000 homicides in the US. Over a 1000 of them were people 16 and under. I'm certain a decent number of them must have resulted in cases where the defendant was not guilty. Should we boycott New York Gallerist for each one of those? People are STUPID-STUPID.

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

Wow... so because I'm of Latin descent and not dark skinned...that somehow includes me among the "redneck trash racists"...I'm so frickin' confused at Ms. Davis' logic at this point...that comment she made was pretty damn racist in and of itself...not all Latins are dark skinned; why is this so difficult to understand? Stop expecting us all to look like Dora the Explorer!

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

We'd like to remind everyone that what you write on the Internet stays on the Internet... forever. Think before you type please, and keep this debate civilized.

Spik Frank
Spik Frank

yeah, New York Gallerist is fucking retarded.

Vic Monte
Vic Monte

Dont know if you can handle this, but here goes-Here are some more shocking statistics: From 2000 to 2010 blacks have killed 65,000 white Americans due to crime...... 1) More than 1,600 Whites are murdered by Blacks each year. 2) Blacks murder Whites at 18 times [1,800%] the rate Whites murder Blacks, and many of the "whites" that do murder blacks are Hispanics (part Native American/part Spanish). 3) About 1 million Whites were murdered, robbed, assaulted, or raped by Blacks in 1992. 4) In the last 30 years, 170 million violent and nonviolent crimes were committed by Blacks against Whites in the U.S. 5) Blacks under 18 are more than 12 times more likely to be arrested for murder than Whites the same age. 6) Some 90% of the victims of race crimes are Whites. 7) Blacks commit 7.5 times more violent interracial crimes than Whites, although they comprise only one-seventh of the White population. On a per-capita basis, blacks commit 50 times more violent crimes than Whites. 9) Some 27 million nonviolent crimes were committed in the U.S. in 1992 alone. 31% of the robberies involved Black offenders and White victims; only 2% involved White offenders and Black victims. 10) 1.3 million of the 6.6 million violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year are interracial. 11) Between 1964 and 1994, more than 45,000 people were killed in interracial murders in the U.S., compared to 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam and 38,000 killed in Korea. Over 95% of these interracial murders were blacks killing whites. The above stats were collected by an Australian reporter, Neil Sheehan, who dug out half-concealed U.S. crime figures for an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (May 2, 1995). The contents of his article, he commented, could not possibly be published or discussed in the U.S. mainstream media. One wonders how many Whites have to be killed by Blacks before the N.Y. Times and Dan Rather break the conspiratorial silence about the number of White casualties in the guerrilla war being waged against them by Blacks. Paved With Good Intentions, a book by Jared Taylor, also studies crime statistics by race. It must be stressed that Blacks make up only 12% of the population according to the 1990 U.S. census (and Black males about 6%), but they commit a vastly disproportionate number of violent crime. Mr. Taylor reveals: 1) 58% of all arrests for weapons violations are Blacks. 2) 46% of all arrests for violent crimes are Blacks. 3) 73% of all "justified self-defense" killings are committed by Blacks. 4) 60.5% of all Blacks are armed with some type of weapon at all times. 5) 98% of all youths arrested for gun fights in Atlanta are Blacks. In 1989, the FBI reported the following: A) Blacks commit 8 times more assaults than Whites. Blacks commit 9 times [900%] more rapes than Whites. C) Blacks commit 14 times [1,400%] more murders than Whites. D) Blacks commit 19 times more armed robberies. E) Black neighborhoods are 35 times more violent than White neighborhoods. F) There were 629,000 interracial attacks committed in 1985 (the last year the FBI "chose" to report this information). Some nine out of every ten [90%] were committed by Blacks against Whites. G. Black males (6% of the population) make up 46% of the nation's prison population, with Hispanics next, followed by whites.

Mary Lundberg
Mary Lundberg

Since when did Zimmerman start running Art Basel??

Vic Monte
Vic Monte

I think its becoming clearer who the racists really are!

Tatiana Litviakova
Tatiana Litviakova

What kind of idiot would disagree with that?!: 776.012Use of force in defense of person.— A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: (1)He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or

Tanya C Davis
Tanya C Davis

I'm so glad Zimmerman will be tried in federal court. It'll show Florida for the bunch of redneck trash racists they really are. Oh and that includes you Hispanics that think you're white.

Lynn DC
Lynn DC

The media is to blame for ALL of this nonsense!

Vic Monte
Vic Monte

Amazing how people are still mad about Stand Your Ground, this case wasnt about that law, it was argued Self Defense, wake up!

Vic Monte
Vic Monte

Protest this- From 2000 to 2010 blacks have killed 65,000 white Americans due to crime......

Anthony Rigsby
Anthony Rigsby

She's an idiot. I think that I will boycott her shitty site.

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

So because the jury followed the letter of the law, they want to try and boycott the state and it's functions? LOL, yeah cause that will happen. Let it go, it's over. Time to move on folks.

Jerry Gonzalez
Jerry Gonzalez

At least one good thing came from this. I'm all for it. Stay in New York fucking hipsters.

virginia2013
virginia2013

@Vic Montehave any stats pre 1964? you know, when you didnt even have to go to court for killing a black person. remember those days? when you could just hang 'em in the yard. what do the stats look like from then?

alex
alex

@Vic Monte can you link us to these stats?

charlieman
charlieman

@Tanya Davis"Oh and that includes you Hispanics that think you're white." who is a redneck trash racist now??  you are, ma'am.  

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