Monthly Archives: June 2020

Leroy Collins at Selma and 1968

On this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast, we discuss Governor Leroy Collins historic work after leaving the Governorship. Collins played a critical and often under-discussed role in ensuring the Selma to Montgomery march went ahead and ran in 1968 for the US Senate – a race where his moderate racial views ran head […]

#COVID-19 – The state of denial, spin & idiocy from Florida’s MAGA activists

As I have previously stated, in my twenty five or so years of activism and involvement in politics, I have never been as angry or frustrated by anything as I have been by the reaction of those supporting President Trump (who once again I refuse to call conservatives, because Trump’s policies and rhetoric have little […]

#FloridaCovidEpicenter: Conservatives show once again they do not understand economics

As readers of this site and followers my Twitter feed know, I have been harping obsessively on rising COVID-19 numbers in the state since just after Memorial Day. The apocalyptic fear as it was called by some, that I articulated in late May, that we’d reach a new “peak,” in June wildly underestimated what was […]

Florida Governors and Civil Rights

In this week’s edition of the Florida History Podcast we look at the contrasting approach of 20th Century Florida Governors toward African-Americans and Civil Rights. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable […]

Video series on India-China dispute

On my Twitter feed, I am providing several short videos (about 2 minutes each) explaining the history behind the India-China border dispute. It’s meant as an informative beginner’s primer not as in-depth analysis. The videos will be released over the next few days and threaded together. In the future, I may release a longer-form video […]

#COVID-19: Elected Officials in Florida and Dereliction of Duty

I must admit that I am feeling both victimized and vindicated, a difficult combination to personally process. This isn’t about me, but please indulge this writer for a moment. Three weeks ago, as I was regularly sounding the alarm about increased positive tests and rates in Florida, I was told by many people that I […]

JetBlue making major Florida push with several exciting new routes

JetBlue Airways announced a significant expansion to its route network on Thursday. Included in the announcement was the launching of a new base at Newark. The new base will compliment the airline’s large hub at New York-JFK. The New York-based airline has focus cities in New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and San Juan. COVID-19 […]

Election 2020 – Same as it ever was?

Could history serve as a guide in the 2020 election? With headlines about racial violence, protests and riots, 2020 seems reminiscent of 1968. Racial strife and division of 1967 and 1968 set the stage for the law and order candidacy of Richard Milhous Nixon. President Trump, who recently reaffirmed his claim to being a “law […]

Lynchings, the KKK, Willis McCall and legislative racial reconciliation in Florida: A short history

In this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the history of lynchings in Florida and the debate over racial reconciliation in the 1990’s and 2000’s related to lynchings and racial violence. NOTE: we plan to have individual podcasts in the future on specific events like Rosewood, this is a general narrative.

#COVID-19 : I give up! The Cognitive Dissonance and selfishness in Florida beyond anything rational in an advanced society

We’ve reached a new peak in COVID-19 cases this week in the state. In fact, each day brings more surprises and when dig deeper into the data reports, the pandemic is getting incrementally worse as time goes by. As I wrote about earlier in the week, those vigilant about public health, face incredible social stigma’s […]