Shaw reflects on Trump’s ‘go back home’ comment

Sean Shaw

I stumbled upon Sean Shaw’s Facebook remarks regarding Trump’s recent racial comments. 

The attorney said, “Trump is speaking to and for a significant portion of the GOP when he calls on elected members of Congress to ‘go back home.’” 

Shaw added, “It’s gross, cowardly, and worthy of bipartisan condemnation. 

“As a little boy, I was often told to ‘go back to Africa,’” he recalled, “but it never really bothered me as much as Trump’s most recent outburst has. I have so much more to say…but I refuse to give this ugly strain of racism any more power.” 

Shaw’s comments brought to mind when he was the keynote speaker at the Flagler County NAACP’s Freedom Fund Gala some months ago. He broached how far we’ve come in race relations and other issues since President Barack Obama left office, and the Trump administration began. ‘Call out racism’ 

Shaw, a former Florida House representative, is a 2018 Democratic contender for Attorney General. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Florida’s law school.

In addition, he is the son of the late Leander Jerry Shaw Jr., a Florida Supreme Court Chief justice.

Speaking on racism in Charlottesville at a White nationalist rally in Virginia in 2018, Shaw stated at the banquet, “I don’t care what party you are. If you can’t call out racism and violence for what they are, then we haven’t come that far at all, and everyone in this room needs to recognize this,” he added. 

Elected as a state representative in 2016, Shaw is a Tampa attorney in private practice, continuing to advocate for working people…and in the fight for economic and social justice. 

He founded People Over Profits in 2019, a non-profit organization dedicated to standing against corporate influence and fighting for the rights of everyday people. 

Sean Shaw
Attorney Sean Shaw is shown with Mrs. Don Brown, whose husband is first vice president of the NAACP Florida State Conference.

‘Fight harder’ 

He also spotlighted the importance of Amendment 4, which is meant to allow our returning citizens with past felony convictions the automatic right to vote. 

“What they are doing in Tallahassee is saying you will not automatically be granted the right to vote. You have to pay for all of your court costs and all your fines before you are allowed to vote” – and that is why this is called a poll tax. 

“That is not what we voted for,” Shaw continued. “That is not what the amendment says.” That is not why the NAACP put in so much work and spent countless hours. 

The pushback came in July when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law that ex-felons must pay their financial obligations relating to their offenses before they are allowed to vote.

“We cannot believe we are in a place where we are,” he said. 

He concluded “Do what you need to do. No one in this country is going to fight harder than you. The rest of the country is waiting and wanting the NAACP to lead this charge. … We need to call these things out the way they are.’’ 

I wish my readers to continue having a great summer, and I look forward to returning in the fall from my vacation.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved. 


Birthday wishes to Dorothy Nixon, July 25; Diana McKie Robinson, July 26; Diana’s mom, Sis. Rosa McKie, on her 102nd birthday; June Bethel and McKenzie Christine Robinson, July 27; my brother, Ronald Coaxum of the Bronx, John Lucas, July 29; the Rev. Cheryl Daniels, July 30; Mary D. Hinds and Annette Preston, July 31. 

Happy anniversary to George and the Rev. Annette Weaver, July 25.


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