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Today on Context Florida: #BlackLivesMatter, FAMU coup and dangerous polling

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Julie Delegal writes that some whites’ approach to the movement presumes a zero-sum game: If one group is “awarded” national attention on any issue, the reasoning goes, then other groups by contrast, necessarily must lose something. But #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only black lives matter. It means, rather, that we can no longer pretend that institutions in our country, like our criminal justice system, are race-neutral. It means that we can’t turn a blind eye to disparate treatment for African-Americans, especially when that disparate treatment ends all too often in death.

Chris Timmons, when he first read Florida Board of Governors’ (FLBOG) member Alan Levine’s op-ed published in the Tallahassee Democrat, went from “Hmm” to “Ugh” to “Hell nah!” Those who attempted the “presidential coup,” as some FAMU watchers call it, of FAMU President Elmira Mangum have resigned from FAMU’s Board of Trustees or their positions within that governing board: Rufus Montgomery is no longer chairman, but remains on the board; Spurgeon McWilliams, another Mangum critic, resigned his position. Levine presumes to speak as a single-man committee of the whole for his colleagues on the FLBOG, making veiled threats.

Bob Sparks believes political opinion polls can be useful, but they can also be dangerous in a figurative sense. Those thinking the election is over because a poll says so can be in for the shock of their lives. Polls can get it wrong in a big way, he says, and then gives some recent examples.

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