Miami Beach Makes Black Tourists Feel Unwelcome During Memorial Day Weekend By John de Leon
The 20th anniversary of one of the largest institutionalized displays of racism in the United States will return to South Beach this Memorial Day weekend. An estimated crowd of more than 250,000 visitors is expected. We all know this event as Urban Beach Week.
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, Mayor Philip Levine, and Chief of Police Daniel J. Oates have ratcheted down the historical ugliness of what has appeared to be a paramilitary operation on the beach. Their primary purpose was to assure that African-Americans (both local and national) do not return en masse to enjoy our beautiful natural habitat.