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Rick Scott irks FAMU protesters when he says: 'I come from public housing.'

Hundreds of students from Florida's largest historically black college marched on the governor's mansion this evening to protest Rick Scott's call for the suspension of FAMU's leader in the wake of a hazing death and a savage beating of two members of the "Marching 100" band.

Scott came out to address the crowd, but according to the Florida Courier, he bothered a few of them who thought he suggested that black students are poor.

“I come from public housing,” Scott told the students, according to the Florida Courier, citing cell phone and audio reports.

"Not all of us are poor!” Some shouted back.

Said the Florida Courier: "The crowd did not give Scott a chance to finish his response to the question."

A few other tidbits: 

Scott, accompanied by former FAMU Board Member Rev. R.B. Holmes and former state Sen. Al Lawson, among others, spoke directly to the students from the front yard of the governor's mansion which was ringed by uniformed police and, according to one student who relayed the event via Twitter, the Tallahassee Police Department's SWAT team.

Scott waded into the middle of the crowd and began answering questions about the decision to suspend Ammons (the decision stands) whether FAMU would be merged with Florida State University ("I've heard nothing about that," Scott replied) and increasing educational funding (Scott's focus is on jobs).

The full story is here. Here's WPTV's version.

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Art

Skeletor is a piece of shiite! Hope they vote him out of office in his next election.

Hazing = Murder

Scott asks to suspend the president of a university that allows students to be beaten to death, and the very students he seeks to protect are dumb enough to protest that decision.

Sounds like a mob of future union members. All entitlement, no freaking brains.

Rattler

Allows students to be beaten to death? His cause of death is still unknown and who could have known suspending the involved parties weeks prior wouldn't be enough? The entire school shouldn't suffer because of lack of judgement on some students. Dr ammons is the best thing that has happened to FAMU

juli

It saddens me when people get on here and have no idea what they are talking about. Ammons and Scottare detrimental to the university but out of the two evils, ammons is the lesser evil.Scott really thinks the school is full of poor black children and wants to turn it into the equivalent of a comminity college. Scott never has And never will do anything to benefit those who cannot pad his pockets and anyone who thinks otherwise is blind.

lmmd

now that is funny........how out of touch is rick scott really?

FAMUNITED

Hazing = Murder: The same could be said about the man that molested students at pen state yet you don't hear their GV asking the school president to be suspended

Stop Lying bruh

FAMUNITED, thats because the president of Penn State was fired along with Joe Paterno

Laura

The president of Penn State and Joe Paterno were fired because they both knew what had gone on and that there was nothing ever done about it.. The FAMU case is entirely different.. The President never tried to cover it up or shirk responsibility! How many times is Rick Scott going to use his "I lived in Public housing' when he tries to relate to other people.. How long did he actually live in Public housing.. If as he says both of his parents worked, why were they living in Public Housing? I mean, are we not suppose to refuse hand outs? Could it be that you can have two working parents and not afford to live on your own without Government assistance? Many people still believe that people are living off the dole, when the truth is people do not make enough money in this country to live on their own.. Due to Governors Scott's age I find it hard to believe he had two working parents and qualify to live in Public housing.. unless his parents were victims like so many working poor are... the time they spend working is not enough to make a living.. So either he is lying about two working parents or his time living in "public housing' was a very brief period... Because it doesn't make sense...

Thinkaboutit

While Scott continues to be a total turd, this does not diminish the facts of what has been allowed to go on at FAMU. Sorry Rattler, but the medical examiner has ruled the death of Robert Champion a homicide. FAMUNITED, get over it, heads have rolled at Penn State, and criminal charges are being pursued. But, I get it FAMU supporters. What's wrong with a little good-natured brutal beating? We didn't mean to kill anyone, it was just good-natured fun. Everyone else did it. That makes it all okay.

Kendall

A student a predominately white university was also murdered, Radford Univeristy( http://m.roanoke.com/mapp/story.aspx?arcid=302506) yet the media did not descend on this university neither did they at University of Miami. The president is still in office. I would accept the firing of DR. White, but the leader of the University. Hazing happens at ALL universities and transcends all races and ethnicities.

Kendall

A student at a predominately white university was also murdered from hazing, Radford Univeristy( http://m.roanoke.com/mapp/story.aspx?arcid=302506) yet the media did not descend on this university neither did they at University of Miami. The president is still in office. I would accept the firing of DR. White, but the leader of the University. Hazing happens at ALL universities and transcends all races and ethnicities.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2011/12/rick-scott-irks-famu-protesters-when-he-says-i-come-from-public-housing-.html#ixzz1gtJ6mkFH

Kendall

A student a predominately white university was also murdered, Radford Univeristy( http://m.roanoke.com/mapp/story.aspx?arcid=302506) yet the media did not descend on this university neither did they at University of Miami. The president is still in office. I would accept the firing of Dr. White, but not the leader of the University. Hazing happens at ALL universities and transcends all races and ethnicities.

EnlightenedStudent

All of this media publicity about FAMU being a bad school and murderers is nothing but pure non sense. Yes, a young man has died but in the same words, before the school year starts, EVERY ORGANIZATION ON CAMPUS IS REQUIRED TO SIGN A ANTI HAZING AGREEMENT. BOTH FOR THE HAZEE AND THE HAZER AND ROBERT ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN TO HIMSELF. He signed the papers stating that if he was to engage in such HAZING activities, he and the hazer will be put in prison. Nobody expects to die but he knew what he was getting himself into. I KNOW ROBERT PERSONALLY, he would have never have wanted any of this to happen to his future alma mater. So before you narrow minded individuals begin to talk about my UNIVERSITY KNOW what you are talking about. We were just named one of the best universities in the southeast and you people want us shut down? That makes NO SENSE. OH and as far as people saying we deserve this? CLOSE YOUR MOUTH and research the facts rather than be a brainless vessel speaking stupid ness.LETS COUNT HOW MANY OTHER SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN HAZING AND HAS KILLED INDIVIDUALS? And yet they are fine and still have their presidents? COME ON. This is nothing but a way to destroy FAMU and bring our legacy to an end. WAKE UP AND STOP LISTENING TO TRASH AND ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE.

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