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Curfew stirs echoes of racist ID law in Miami Beach

Beach goers make their way off Ocean Drive as police enforce the 8 p.m. spring break curfew in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday, March 26, 2021.
The Miami Herald
A file photo of spring break partygoers in Miami Beach.

Pierre Rutledge will never forget his grandma’s Miami Beach ID card.

A 1936 ordinance mandated that Black visitors, many of them hospitality workers, carry the card at all times in Miami Beach or risk arrest. As a result, Rutledge and his family, save for his grandmother who worked as a domestic worker with white families, never really frequented Miami Beach growing up.

Now, as the chair of the Miami-Dade Black Advisory Board, Rutledge sees a connection between the city’s handling of Blacks in the past and in the present after a state of emergency was declared this week following two shootings over the weekend.

Read more from our news partners at the Miami Herald.

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