Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the editorial board of The Sanford Herald in St. Sanford, Fla., in response to the ruling in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case.
My husband and I have vacationed in Florida almost every winter for the last decade. When he retires this coming spring, we were planning an extended trip to explore some of the natural wonders of your state and to visit with friends. Decades earlier, my parents wintered in Leesburg for almost 10 years. I am certain if they were alive today, they would agree completely with what I write now.
It is with great sadness, but greater determination, that I told my husband late last night that I was not willing to visit Florida in 2014.
If my sisters and brothers of color are not safe to live their lives and walk your streets, then I am not safe. I will reconsider only when you have repealed the “Stand Your Ground” legislation and abandoned your ham-handed voter suppression and other overt acts of racism.
Meanwhile, I plan to send this letter to my local paper, and begin talking to friends (who will talk to their friends) about my only recourse to effect change: economic boycott.
While there was no violent protest last night, make no mistake: this is not over. The whirlwind you reap is the one you sowed.
From the July 17-23, 2013, issue