August 25, 2014

On racial issues, good intentions aren’t enough

As mayor of the city of Miami, the civil disturbances and violence that followed the McDuffie trial in 1980 were not a surprise. The trial after the violent death of an African-American man in Miami at the hands of a Miami-Dade County police officer was decided by an all-white jury in Tampa, on March 31, 1980. By that time, Miami had its first black city manager and black city attorney.

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