Dem Rep: Economic boycott of FL over Zimmerman verdict could backfire

Dem Rep: Economic boycott of FL over Zimmerman verdict could backfire

A member of the Congressional Black Caucus moved Sunday to dampen calls for an economic boycott of Florida in reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict, saying the effort could wind up hurting black communities.

“I think that many of us understand that sometimes when we call for those kind of economic boycotts, the impact on some of our communities can be really tremendous, and so I want to examine that first,” said Rep. Donna F. Edwards, Maryland Democrat, on “Fox News Sunday.”

In an interview last week with CNN, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called Florida an “apartheid state” and said he would weigh launching an economic boycott if the Justice Department does not file federal charges against George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon during a scuffle last year in Sanford, Fla., but was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder charges.

Singer Stevie Wonder also announced that last week he would refuse to perform in Florida or any other state with a so-called “stand your ground” law.

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