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).