Crist Minority Outreach

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

FAMU Senior Jacenta Green will tell you...good things don't come cheap. And for her African-American community, the price tag on equality has been enormous. Even with Barack Obama in the white house, she argues there's a whole lot more to be done.

Jacenta Green says, "you can't just promise someone something and keep promising and keep promising and keep promising.
OK, yes, you have to believe in order for things to be achieved, but when is the achievement going to happen?"

Rooting out prejudice and ensuring an even playing field has become a top priority for Governor Charlie Crist. And now, he's got a top-level advisor to help tackle it, the head of the Florida NAACP.

Adora Nweze, Special Advisor on Minority Affairs say, " We all know about the present, because we're living in the present, but I would hope that we would have some positive dialogue about how we see civil rights moving forward."

Charlie Crist has been popularly dubbed 'Florida's first black governor', and for good reason. With his new appointment, he's upping the ante in a battle over the future of the state's courts. He's already rejected a list of potential appellate judges, because he argues it's not diverse enough.

And, with an open seat on Florida's high court, the governor could very well make the same demand.

Gov Charlie Crist says, "Any appointment to the Florida supreme court I weigh very heavily and look for the very best."

And, his new advisor is already asking him to think about pumping more money into minority education and community crime prevention. All aimed at holding to true to America's guarantee that all men are created equal.

The Florida NAACP says it wholeheartedly supports Governor Crist's call for a more diverse pool of candidates for judge ships. The group's leaders say they're planning to take the issue to court.

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