Proposal seeks compensation for descendants of Ocoee Election Day violence

click to enlarge Photo via Florida History ProjectJulius "July" Perry, an Ocoee resident, was lynched in Orlando by a white mob after encouraging his African American neighbors to vote. A pair of bills seeking compensation for descendants of the 1920 Election Day race riots in Ocoee will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.The measures (SB 1262, SB 1264), sponsored by Orlando Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy, would set aside $25 million to create the Ocoee Election Day Riots Descendant Compensation Trust Fund within the Department of Legal Affairs. Up to $150,000 would be available for direct descendants of each person "killed, injured, or otherwise victimized" by the 1920 violence, which happened after a black man attempted to vote in the Central Florida community.Based on differing reports, between three and 60 African Americans died resulting from the violence on November 2-3, 1920, acording to a Senate staff analysis of the legislation. In the days following this violence, the remaining African-American residents fled Ocoee, leaving their homes and property, the analysis adds.The bill lays out requirements for applicants to prove their relationship to an Ocoee victim. The 1994 action also set up the Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund, which awarded up to $4,000 for tuition to eligible Florida students, with preference given to direct descendants of Rosewood families.State Rep. Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee, has filed House legislation similar to Bracys, which would also gives qualified businesses in areas affected by the riots priority under the Black Business Loan Program.

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It didnt say Tim Tebows name on there, but you knew it was Tim Tebow because he was wearing University of Florida colors on the University of Florida team, with number 15, and he's left-handed and he was six-three (in height) and he played like Tim Tebow.Following a 2019 law passed in California, two of the Florida bills (SB 582 and HB 251) are identical and have been filed by Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, and House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, D-Miami. The other two bills (SB 646 and HB 287), which are similar to each other, have been filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, and Rep. Chip LaMarca, R-Lighthouse Point.All the Florida bills would allow college athletes to be paid for use of their names, images or likenesses, an idea that has drawn support from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Because if you don't have that restriction in place, it destroys the distinction between college and pro sports.Jon Solomon, editorial director of The Aspen Institutes Sports and Society Program, pointed to a 2009 lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed OBannon that challenged the uncompensated use of images of former NCAA athletes for electronic games. OBannon argued students should be able to be compensated upon graduation.This was a long, drawn-out case that showed, yes, athletes do have some value beyond their scholarship, Solomon said.Solomon, who expects the NCAA to challenge any state law, noted the phrase student-athletes was created in the 1950s to protect against students becoming employees and receiving compensation.Feldman said any state law would need regulations such as limiting the time students can spend off the field banking on their names.