Dear Editor,

On May 5, 2021, a powerful blow was dealt to us which will start the dismantling of our democracy as we know it. Barely noticed and dangerously overlooked, the governor of the state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, delivered it, a blow in support of authoritarianism.

When he signed Florida’s anti-rioting bill into law, DeSantis took control of the press. He dictated, approved and invited only one news station, Fox News, and locked out all others.

What’s next?

When he signs other bills into law or does anything and everything else, will he hand out only approved press releases? He wanted and got the state of Florida’s business reported to us, “we the people,” only one way – his way.

The state of Florida’s business is public business, and should be observed by the eyes and ears of the public, the American free press.

We the people of the United States of America hold these principles to be the fundamental and foundation pillars of our democracy: Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. These are uniquely sacred to Americans and any attempt to diminish, or negatively affect their status or their importance in the United States is an attack on our country and the American way of life.

Be afraid! My fellow Americans, the most dangerous insurrections start with small acts at first. If DeSantis gets away with this, he sets a precedent and other politicians will follow his lead. A controlled press is not a free press, but an authoritarian one.

My fellow Americans, I was alarmed and I am afraid. May God continue to bless America!

Bernice White

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