Black Sorority Members Decline Invite to Governor's Mansion

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - March 17, 2011 --

Some members of the legislative black caucus are still upset over remarks Gov. Rick Scott made several weeks ago to the caucus about growing up poor “in the same situation as you guys.” The black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha received an invite from First Lady Ann Scott to a mansion reception on Tuesday evening, said Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, a member of the sorority. “The organization opted instead to have the reception at City Hall because of the insensitivity shown to members of the black caucus when we met there for lunch,” Thompson said. She will be holding a press conference with Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, on Wednesday to highlight issues that impact black Floridians, such as funding cuts to historically black colleges and universities.


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  • by Rick Location: TLH on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    One way to be respected is to BE RESPECTABLE!
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      by apparently on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to Rick
      Being respectful is to acquiesce to all authority. I believe one can respectfully decline. He's our governor, not our Master...
  • by Elewa T Gamba Location: Our City on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:38 PM
    It is written to make peace with one self and thy neighbors. For hostility brew fear, hate, long term enemies. It would be best for all peoples come together air out your differences and leave as one united in peace with understanding.
  • by Anonymous Location: Quincy on Mar 21, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    If anybody owned one slave, that is one too many.
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      by Guy on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to
      Tell that to some of the republics in Africa...they still use slaves to this very day for that fancy diamond you wear. The nice shoes on your feet were probably made by an 11 year old, as well.
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        by @ guy on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:59 AM in reply to Guy
        so you disagree that one slave is not too many???
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          by Guy on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM in reply to @ guy
          You may try to twist this however you like. Obviously, slavery isn't good. That goes without saying. So, no...I don't disagree. But slavery hasn't impacted you or anyone you know (besides the clothing and jewelry you wear). You can attempt to say it has or whatever, just to keep the pot stirred, but it doesn't affect you.
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          by @ guy on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to @ guy
          So someone makes a point (that you agree with) and you start pontificating about an unrelated issue, and I am the one stirring the pot??? If only that made sense...
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      by Ellis in Tallahassee on Mar 22, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to
      AMEN!!
  • by dpn Location: vtown on Mar 21, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    I think the funniest thing about this is the fact we are talking kids who are privileged enough to go to COLLEGE and don't know a darn thing about TRUE hardship.
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      by @ dpn on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to dpn
      so anyone who has gone to college doesn't know about hardships? Maybe they just overcame instead of quitting or falling victim to it, as you have. Quit feeling sorry for yourself!
  • by Guy Location: Here on Mar 21, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    And what he said was offensive...why?
  • by Chuck Location: Tally on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    I'm sick of hearing all this non-sense. I could care less about something that happened way before I was born. If you don't like it here in the United States, or you feel you are discriminated against, then leave the country. We do not need you here. Anyone and everyone who ever had a slave is DEAD.
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      by @ Chuck on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:13 AM in reply to Chuck
      I get your point but I don't follow your logic. So if you are living in America you should not stand up for your beliefs or challenge authority? I guess if you don't like people complaining about slavery then you should just leave! Using your logic, I guess women still shouldn't vote and blacks should still be worth a fraction... The fact that you don't care about history puts your ignorance on display. I'm a white male, by the way. I would celebrate your departure.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Is AKA a racist organization? Are whites allowed in? How many white members do they have? Maybe WCTV could enlighten us about what AKA is all about. I have no clue but would love to know more.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to
      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is NOT a racist organization. We are a community service based organization which serves for the good of ALL MANKIND!!!!!! We, in fact, do have caucasian as well as members of all races in our organization. We have had caucasians serve as leaders in this organization. White honorary member include Eleanor Roosevelt and Jane Addams. If you would like to learn more about this organization you can visit the website which is www.aka1908.com. Thank you!
  • by Big Daddy-No Money aka Broke Location: The Woods behind your house. on Mar 21, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    It's been theorized that the human race originated from Africa. So if that is true we ARE all Africans and related to one another. After reading these comments, I must say it don't take much to offend segments of society. Can't we just have a group hug and move on with our lives in 2011. Blaming folks of different color on inhumane treatment of other folks that happen generations ago is not right. Prejudice and racism is blind. Let's not forget the past but, on the other hand we don't need to keep reliving it. From what I read the Gov. made three mistakes.(1) He showed up.(2) He mentioned the word poor. (3) He said you guys when he was talking to a sorority. So much hate and eager to judge in the world these days. All of us is part of something special,yet we are trying to destroy ourselves quickly.
  • by White Guy in TLH Location: TLH on Mar 21, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Good deal. Go for it, ladies. There's a difference between overt racism and ingrained discrimnatory beliefs, and both are damaging. While Gov. Voldemort may not have intentionally said something racist, his comment did reveal ingrained discriminatory belief... They didn't have Bill Proctor and a parade screaming "racism", they simply declined the invite. Good!
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      by White Girl in TLH on Mar 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM in reply to White Guy in TLH
      That is exactly the point. Exceptionally well stated.
  • by Constructive Feedback Location: Metro Atlanta on Mar 20, 2011 at 11:05 PM
    My qualifications to speak on this subject: * Black Man * Sigma The AKA's have the RIGHT to do whatever they please and to make it as public of a spectacle as they choose. HOWEVER - If the subject is about the "offensiveness" of assuming POVERTY upon all Black people - the Black Establishment politicians and their White Liberal Snarling Fox Joint Venture Partners have no match. Do a search on who calls us "The Least Of These" and who's policies assume our poverty. I was not offended by Gov Scott's comments. IF any number of other politicians who were seen as "Progressive" had read the same words from a teleprompter for accuracy none of this fiened offense would be taking place. With so many problems that are actually harming Black communities in FL it is sad that THIS issue is what triggers the AKAs into action. I support their right to snub the governor. I wish they would SNUB some of the other elected leaders who are doing more material harm upon Black communities.
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