Every time I start to think that race relations in this country are getting better, I just remind myself that Arizona exists. I’m not sure why or how, but every time there is some sort of race-based stand to take in this great nation of ours, Arizona ALWAYS makes it a point to be the sacrificial lamb. I’d like to blame the Arizona government and not the people, but the people elected the government officials who sign such f*ckery as the two most recent pieces of legislation into law. Jan Brewer, I’m looking at you, you racist f*ck you.
Seriously, if I didn’t know any better, I’d SWEAR Arizona really doesn’t f*ck with Hispanics, like at all. Ironic considering the sizable Hispanic population IN ARIZONA.
In the past month, Arizona has signed into state law both SB 1070 (basically giving the authorities carte blanche to profile those individuals for which a reasonable suspicion lies on their immigration status) and the law banning ethnic studies from a Tucson school district because of the possibility of those classes causing animosity towards white people and promoting ethnic solidarity. AND let us not forget the Arizona Department of Education has banned teachers with what can be deemed an accent from teaching English.
Just in case I’m not clear and don’t remember to state this later: f*ck Arizona.
Let’s start with SB 1070, a bill that’s caused a firestorm throughout the nation. A lot of people are all for it. But most municipalities in Arizona are dead set against it. Why? Because it encourages profiling. While everybody engages in a little playful racial profiling from time to time (who do YOU expect to cut your grass?) the police, generally an uneducated individual with power and control issues, are now given the right to request anbody’s immigration status. So you can just be walking down the street, whistling some mariachi music, and the police can suspect that you might not have your papers. At which point they can search you and deport you – if you don’t have your papers. Look, I have a problem with illegal immigration too. Maybe it’s the term illegal that throws me for a loop. If you’re illegal, you’re illegal. But profiling the cholos is just a gateway to profiling EVERYBODY. It opens the door for harassment under the guise of ensuring that no crimes are committed. I have a problem with the civil liberties of Americans being violated to appeal to the conservative base of a party that’s struggling for an identity. White people are okay with this until it happens to them. Lucky for them it won’t. But Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Maria, you’d better watch you back.
Then we have the ethnic studies f*ckfest inTucson. So let me get this right, you don’t want to teach classes like Mexican Studies, or African American studies, etc because they preach ethnic solidarity and breed animosity towards white people. Yet, you are going to require all Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc students to continue to learn European history (basically a white solidarity class) which teaches ALL OF US that European history is the only relevant history we need to know. Oh, and I’m guessing they’ll gloss over slavery, internment camps. the Mexican-American war and Thanksgiving, in order to make sure that no ethnic kids get pissed at white people. So kids of color can’t learn about their history but its TOTALLY okay to learn about European history, a history that largely relegated most folks of color to random footnotes, Pocohantas, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. I watched a video of Tom Horne, the state schools chief, trying his best to convince somebody that ethnic studies was detrimental and preached separation, whereas American History was all the rage. I hate him by the way.
And let’s not even really get onto the “heavy accent” thing. I went to school down South. Like, for real. Half of my teachers could barely speak English and they were teaching everything from English to Trigonometry. I guess really bad Americanized English accents are okay, but Hispanics with accents teaching English is totally out.
Straight up, the government of Arizona puzzles me. Why go SO far to make a stand against a people that comprise such a sizable portion of your state. I understand appealing to your base but damn. I used to think Texas had everything backwards but clearly Arizona is the state that needs be dropped from the union.
For a change, this doesn’t have much to do with Black people but still, racist policies are racist policies, but I wonder: should we even be surprised that any state has gone to such blatant and f*cked up means of showing overt racism? Is anybody shocked by this or is this just more of the same?
Is anybody else ready to move to Arizona with me?????
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3