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Friday, June 19, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to clusters of "overwhelmingly Hispanic" day laborers and agriculture workers driving the state's recent coronavirus spike -- but farmworkers and industry associations argue that resources and testing came too late to those communities, according to new reports. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday that cramped living and working conditions for migrant workers and Hispanic construction workers are partly to blame, according to WFOR-TV.


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But Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried argued that the majority of farmworkers left several weeks ago after harvests ended and that the real uptick is in non-agricultural areas, according to the Miami Herald.


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Farm workers are least likely to engage in a petty argument like what DeSantis is proposing.
Cesar Chavez is rolling in his grave.

#1 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-06-20 12:21 AM | Reply

...[Florida state Agriculture Commissioner] Nikki Fried

@GovRonDeSantis has lost control of Florida's #COVID19 response.

He's recklessly reopening FL despite the data screaming for caution.

If the Governor is unwilling to make the right decisions, they must be made in our cities, our states, & our homes....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-20 09:00 AM | Reply

ICU beds in short supply across Florida as state struggles with coronavirus spike

...Less than 25 percent of hospital spots that are set side for the most ill are now available, according to data provided by the state....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-20 09:04 AM | Reply

Essential workers now get to be the scapegoat for DeSantis?

Wow. New York Post no less. Geez DeSantis just got SLAMMED.

Rightfully so, too.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2020-06-20 09:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... Essential workers now get to be the scapegoat for DeSantis? ...

Perhaps Gov DeSantis views them more as disposable workers than essential workers?

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-20 09:09 AM | Reply

I work with several Hispanic workers and there is something to his claim.

There is a pretty common belief that since they grew up with poor sanitation their immune systems are better than us gringos. Also the anti-microbial properties of capsicum are pretty well known so there is a belief that that will protect them so many simply are not taking it very seriously.

Add on that 8-10 people living in 1000 sq feet is not unusual and one brings it home and 3 generations get it. We actually had that with one employee his sister got it and next thing you knew the whole family tested positive. He just came back yesterday. He was never very sick but he did lose about 10 pounds because he got the no taste no smell thing which made eating a chore.

I am seeing that despite not taking it seriously he has literally been the only one I work with who has been sick, so maybe there is something to the immune system/capsicum belief.

Of course with FL crappy unemployment system day laborers can't really afford to take time off which makes especially vulnerable so I guess this could be seen as an issue where when DeSantis points a finger at someone 4 are pointing back to himself.

#6 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-06-20 09:49 AM | Reply

Counties (for instance, Orange or Seminole) don't have any farmworkers and their rates have more than doubled over last weeks. DeSantis is FOS.

Most of the farmworkers left weeks ago, so not the source of the uptick.
A coalition of more than 50 groups representing farmworkers sent DeSantis requests for help months ago. The requests were ignored.
Two weeks ago the State of Florida sent a letter (not actual masks) saying 'we have masks we can provide you' after most of the farmworkers had left.

#7 | Posted by YAV at 2020-06-20 10:08 AM | Reply

Infected little brown people all over? Better stay away from Mar-A-Lago...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-20 11:18 AM | Reply

An (R)tarded governor a racist??????

Surely you jest???

#9 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-06-20 02:36 PM | Reply

In other words, Desantis, like his idol BLOTUS, is a racist POS who looks to cast blame anywhere but where it belongs in the lap of Desantis and Dotard.

#10 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-06-20 03:03 PM | Reply


You forgot the two "oil cans" (25oz. cans) of Bud Light on the way home, in the back seat, after work. I think there's possible medicinal qualities there. At least in the short run.

#11 | Posted by shane at 2020-06-20 07:40 PM | Reply

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to clusters of "overwhelmingly Hispanic" day laborers and agriculture workers driving the state's recent coronavirus spike

People of color are more likely to hold "essential" jobs.
Especially when the essential job is very low-paying.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-20 07:43 PM | Reply

DeSantis Blames Florida Covid Spike on Hispanic Workers

This is typical behavior for so-called conservatives i.e., those that preach the virtues of personal responsibility to marginalized communities. DeSantis should be taking responsibility for not providing those in poor and marginalized communities with the attention and resources they need to ------ the growth of infections.

#13 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-06-21 07:03 AM | Reply

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