Yesterday, the Dream Defenders got a great guest while they were protesting as Harry Belfonte came out to support and even said a few inspirational words.
Belafonte took the mic and said to the supporters:
“I’m here because you called,” said Belafonte, 86. “I’m here because I am a part of your history. You called, and I’m here to tell you that those of us who have been in this struggle for over a century are delighted, happy to be part of this moment.”
“I would suggest to the people of Florida that they listen to what you have to say and respond to what you have to offer, because this is the gentle moment,” he said. “If they reject you, then the world will pay attention to what’s happening to you and it’s possible that Florida could become ungovernable.”
“And I don’t mean ungovernable from violence — I just mean that tens of thousands of people will come to this state and will stay here until your goals are achieved and will not leave. Now that’s not very happy to tourism, that’s not very happy to the economy. And we say talk to us while there is a reasonable moment. Talk to us before it all becomes unreasonable.”
“I’m just here to support these people and to tell (Scott) that if he is at all in touch with history, he should know that this is just the beginning of the journey. And I would suggest that he deal with it now while there’s sanity and peace and a willingness to not see anything go askew. It’s not violent. If he pays attention now and deals with the issue now, he might prevent it from escalating to something infinitely bigger.”
So far, the protests have been going on for a couple of weeks with no chance of stopping in sight.
We can only hope that the Governor will finally give in and call a session to discuss the law soon! Check out Belafonte’s words in the video above.
SOURCE: Miami Herald