FAMU Students Occupy Rick Scott's Mansion; Governor's Reply Is Kinda Racist

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Thousands of Florida A&M students marched to the governor's mansion last night after Rick Scott demanded the school suspend its president over a band member's hazing death. Scott agreed to meet students out front and, oy, that might have been the wrong decision.

The white guv bizarrely attempted to quell the mostly black crowd by beginning his speech with some version of: "Hey, I grew up in public housing." To which students protested, "We're not poor!" Scott apparently learned no lessons when a similar speech nearly got him booted from a black legislator's lunch in February.

The trouble started yesterday when Scott called FAMU's board chairman and asked the school to suspend James Ammons, the historically black college's president. To be fair to Scott, Ammons has had a horrible month.

First, drum major Robert Champion was killed in a hazing incident after a November 19 football game, a tragedy that has unleashed a flood of recriminations at the school. Earlier this week, three students were arrested for beating another band member so badly during a hazing ritual that her leg was shattered. Now investigators are probing larger fraud at the college.

But when word leaked about Scott's demand that Ammons be suspended, thousands of students mobilized to march on his mansion last night.

As you can see in the grainy video below, he eventually came out to meet the students.


Alas, then Scott opened his mouth and ruined the moment.

"I guess he was trying to make some type of relation to our student body, as if we had lived in public housing," student senate president Marissa West told the Miami Herald.

In February, Scott made a similar gaffe at a lunch with 20 black Democratic legislators, telling them: "I grew up probably in the same situation as you guys... I started school in public housing. My dad had a sixth-grade education."

"He assumed that everyone [in the room] was poor and that can only be because you're black," state Rep. Betty Reed told the St. Pete Times.

Scott later told the crowd he plans to meet today with Ammons, who already has been reprimanded -- but not suspended -- by FAMU's board of trustees.

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Lulu
Lulu

I am not surprised he talks like that;It is obvious with  his attitude.Many whites make the same mistake:for them all blacks have the same origin, the same background,even if you come from a different country.They do not realize how ridiculous it is!!!and also, arrogance would never admit that a BLACK can teach a white some manners...

tired66
tired66

this was not hazing,this was murder of a student done in  the name of Hazing but really was Gang Violence which many times does happen in the poorer neighborhoods..Why are they upset with Scott when they should be upset with a man that looked the other way for years and another student was crippled in the name of Hazing and finally 2 persons were arrested for Assault and Battery.Now these same students should demand that the persons involved n the Murder of thisstudent should be arrested and put in prison for life.They should act like young adults in college instead of acting with gang violence.and hollering racist when the actions of a few caused all this pain and suffering and death,.....

scotus
scotus

Scott may be tone deaf, and personally I think he has no place living in Florida, let alone leading the state government, but requesting Ammon's resignation after institutionalized mayhem and murder on campus makes sense. They call it hazing, but, mayhem and murder are the right definitions for a broken leg and a corpse. This is similar to Penn State students protesting firing of Paterno and their Prez, wherein the child sex abuse was institutional. These kids don't grasp the organizational necessity of firing grossly negligent administrators, no matter their popularity, and past contributions.

Genesis A Robinson
Genesis A Robinson

Racist as HELL! I was there last night and he tried to give us this weak ass story about how he grew up in Public Housing and he understands the struggles of people who are poor! We shut him down and let him know that "we are all not poor"! Just because you attend an HBCU or because you fight for education dose not mean your poor! In the dire times that students find themselves, we can no longer have a "us" verse "them" mentality! Brothers and Sisters who don't get financial aid still stand up and fight for those who do. It takes me back to the quote by Dr. King which said "All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Feces
Feces

During moments like these I wonder if Rick Scott ever wishes that he wouldn't have run for governor.

Panda5tar
Panda5tar

I personally detest this man and most of his choices.With that being said I move on to say that suspending the college's president is a proper move.Hazing should not be tolerated at any level because it just gets out of hand and unfortunately in this case it resulted in a death.Clearly since this death did occur it reflects to me that the staff was not doing anything sufficient to discourage such behavior and therefore leadership is very much at fault.Rick Perry may say racist thing and he may be wrong very often (such as the words he chose to communicate with these people) however suspending said President is a very justifiable action.

Guest2011
Guest2011

So you're saying that we look like idiots when he's the one who boldly stereotyped us as if each and every single one of us were poor. We look like juveniles because we're actually trying to keep a good thing to benifit our school?

AJ
AJ

Scott's only mistake was humoring these idiots. Seems that these days, if you aren't white working class, you're out whining like a juvenile.

Rattler
Rattler

& the only thing President Ammons is guilty of is trying to unite famu. He has done nothing wrong and theres no proof that he knew these things were going on. Hazing is a very secretive thing that goes on within an organization.

Rattler
Rattler

The point is if you are trying to do something to one, you have to do it to others. One of fsu fraternity got suspended for allegations of rape but you dont see him trying to suspend their president. You dont see CNN and WCTV all over that. Just because famu is a hbcu they blow everything up. Im not trying to make it a racial thing but i dont see any other reason

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Will you ignorant naggers PLEASE shut the hell UP? Is this it? THIS is what I got all those ash-whoopings for? I had a dream once but it was a dream that little black girls and black boys would one day drink from the river of prosperity freed from the thirst of oppression. But lo and behold, some four decades later, what have I found, but a bunch of trifling, shiftless, good for nothing naggers! And I know some of you don't want to hear me say that word! It's the ugliest word in the English language! But that's what I see now! NaGGERS! And you don't want to be a nigger! Because niggers are living contradictions! Naggers are full of unfulfilled ambitions! Naggers wax and wane! Naggers love to complain! Naggers love to hear themselves talk but hate to explain! Naggers love being another man's judge and jury! Naggers procrastinate until it's time to worry! Naggers LOVE to be late! Naggers HATE to hurry! Black Entertainment Television is the WORST thing I've ever seen in my life! Usher, Michael Jackson is not a genre of music! And don't get me started on Soul Plane! I've seen what's around the corner! I've seen what's over the horizon! And I PROMISE you, you naggers have nothing to celebrate! I know I won't get there with you, because I'm going to Canada!

Gilbertramirezpt
Gilbertramirezpt

Aj I'm white, am a medical professional, take 2 showers a day, own a corporation and join with my fellow humans in demanding that government does a better job by protesting. Please don't reply. Just think about what your saying before you speak. Juveniles don't protest they stay at home playing games and watching tv. This is why we refer to them as juveniles. People protesting is the American way. It is the adult, educated, responsible action to take when governments stop representing the will of the citizens. Just think about it. Thanks

CB
CB

What's it like, to be so goddamned retarded?

Is it painful?

It looks painful.

AJerk
AJerk

Troll alert. Or, complete bigot alert. Either way, blah.

KlanMan
KlanMan

ha at 'if you aren't white'.  

das racist

scotus
scotus

While non-consensual sex is not excusable just because it occurs in the context of a sex, alchohol and drug party, it's not equivalent to murder and mayhem. Or, are you saying it is if its a hbcu, because violence is more acceptable in the black community? Now, that would be racist.

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