Florida’s Governor's Race Counters MLK’s dream

posted by Claudia Mendoza - 

Identity politics in Florida’s Governor's race runs counter to MLK’s dream. Here's a headline from the Sun Sentinel and my take on it. If Florida elects Andrew Gillum governor, will race relations improve?

Excerpt: If Democrat Andrew Gillum defeats Republican Ron DeSantis, Floridians will make history by electing the state’s first black governor. It’s an exciting prospect for many voters.  

Bottom Line: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Here’s what’s sad. More than 55 years later we have stories being advanced based nothing more than skin color and how excited certain people would be based on a man’s skin color. It’s exactly the antithesis of MLK’s Dream. It’s a false premise. If Florida elects Andrew Gillum under the advanced premise of his skin color, it's a guarantee that race relations won’t improve. Will the day ever arrive in which we will truly be advancing ideas and candidacies based on the content of character and concepts, rather than superficial characteristics? Why is it that the left and allies in the media continue to advance identity politics while also paying rhetorical homage to MLK? It’s hypocritical. 

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