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We deserve lawmakers who champion diversity

By Ernest Hooper, For Tampa Bay Times, On 29 February 2016, Read Original
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Laila Abdelaziz, the Council on American–Islamic Relations' legislative and government affairs director for Florida, says when she stepped onto an elevator in the state Capitol last week, a legislator said, "Is it safe to ride the elevator with you?"

The tasteless joke proved even more cruel, Abdelaziz wrote on her Facebook page, when others on the elevator — Democrat, Republican, white, black, old, young — laughed.

My first thought: She deserves better. But the truth is we all deserve better. We deserve to live in a state where those who purport to represent our diverse culture begin to live it through deeds and legislation, not just words.

Don't call it political correctness, call it respect. Sensitivity.

And those who might say she's overreacting to an off-color joke remind me of a statement my friend Delano Stewart often proclaims: "Don't stand on my foot and tell me how much pain I should feel." …

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