Talib Kweli Is Excited By Pro Era, Occupying The Florida Governor’s Office And Loves Bill Murray

Talib Kweli

On Occupying Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Office

“You should follow Dream Defenders, they can explain more in-depth what they’re doing. But there’s a bunch of students who got together after the Trayvon Martin trial started, and after it ended they ramped up. They’re trying to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, they’re trying to create a new law called Trayvon’s Law that they’re trying to enact. And what they’re essentially doing is occupying the Governor’s office until their voice is heard. I think what they’re doing is noble and very proactive; I like that they’re not demonstrating, they’re not protesting, they’re just trying to create action. And I think to be young people and to make that statement, I think that’s something that a lot of young people can look at and relate to. A lot of people look at the old vanguard of Civil Rights protests as something that’s outdated and something that doesn’t really work and is ineffective. These guys, they’ve already got a few things accomplished, and I’m trying to help them accomplish everything.

“The first thing that needs to happen in my opinion is there needs to be a push for a Civil Rights trial. I saw the Attorney General pushing for that. I think if that happens soon, if it can be proven in court that he violated this young man’s civil rights and that led to this young man being murdered, I think that would be significant. Other than that, I think organizations like Dream Defenders have the right idea. You create voting blocks, and you move in unison to establish something, and it has to be the young people and the students on the front line doing it. And that’s why I’m supporting them.”