Arizona's SB 1070 is racist to the core
Posted on Monday, August 02, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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Say it with me: Arizona's SB 1070 is racist to the core.
Arizona's SB 1070 is about police rounding up people based on their race, despite all the howls of protests of the bill's supporters to the contrary.
That is what it is about. It identifies undesirables based on their ethnicity, nationality and status.
But just try telling that to the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer. The mood she (and the GOP) are in these days, she'd probably deport the Statue of Liberty back to France if she had the opportunity.
In angling for her big moment in the national spotlight Brewer has instead turned the floodlights on millions of the most retiring people in our nation: the vulnerable undocumented who live in the shadows whilst all the while living hard productive lives and helping to power our economy.
It's not a fair fight. Brewer's brought out a bulldozer to pluck a daisy.
The bill's defenders shout why should Arizona’s taxpayers feed, house and educate the citizens of other countries? But this ignores just how hard those foreign born citizens are working to feed, house and educate themselves.
And the overheated charges of rampant criminality take a beating from the state's actual crime statistics, particularly when you're forced to admit the biggest crime of the year there involved a break out of three caucasian convicts.
Maybe Arizona's police force would spend their precious time better by keeping murderers behind bars rather than being forced to become untrained immigration agents?
And have you actually seen the comments written by so many of the state's own citizens in their online forums? To hear most of them tell it the undocumented have come to America to 'take our jobs, kill our citizens and rape our women.'
At a Republican County forum recently, in tune with the tenor of the times, primary candidate for Congress Pat Bertroche suggested that we microchip 'illegals.'
Bertroche said, referring to undocumented immigrants who are detained and deported, 'I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?'
And worst of all it’s no secret that the anti-immigrant movement in the United States has long and deep connections to white nationalist individuals and organizations.
White supremacist political parties have made (and have advertised) a donation they made to the fund Brewer set in to prepare for the defense of SB 1070.
Stormfront.org, the biggest white nationalist web forum online, has also called for donations to the SB 1070 defense fund. 'Money where you mouth is time,' they state.
Jan, you might want to take a look at your most ardent supporters. Why? Because money talks, and here's what it's saying - SB 1070 is racist to the core.