Big Sugar

The massive, toxic algae bloom currently swirling around the peninsula of Florida has its origins in an ongoing cycle of political manipulations, kickbacks, loosening of environmental and water regulations, an aging water-transfer infrastructure in and around Lake Okeechobee, and a Governor in the pocket of Big Sugar. It all adds up to one vicious chain, and guess who gets to foot the bill?

Cartoon by Ed Hall.

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Now y’all Florida Crackers know how the hood feels. It’s not fun when the government singles out something you enjoy and makes it illegal, is it? It’s not fair when your hobbies are painted as violent and dangerous, is it? Harry Anslinger started the war on weed by convincing many gullible, racist fucks that it had a negative “effect on the degenerate races.” He said that “reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” These anti-cannabis laws are still in place today, blocking people from enjoying a harmless plant, and also allowing our state and country to incarcerate millions of innocent people, mostly poor people and minorities, even though black people and white people use cannabis at about the same rate. So, now they’re coming after your bump stocks, and perhaps your “scary” rifles next. You all sat there and watched other groups of people get their civil rights taken away from them time after time and said nothing, because you thought or pretended that it didn’t directly affect you. Many of you even cheered on the stripping away of our rights. Remember that a violation of civil rights for one is the violation of civil rights for all. We’re all in this together, so start acting like it.