Thursday, May 06, 2010

Witch Hunt in Arizona

Today is Thursday, 6 May 2010.

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona certainly missed the boat, as it were.

Brewer (a far-right Republican) signed into law the nauseatingly-named Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SOLESNA) on 23 April last, when she could have waited until today, and signed it on the anniversary of Congressional approval of the equally racist Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. (The latter essentially ended Chinese immigration to the USA/USE until it was repealed in 1943.)

SOLESNA essentially authorizes, nay, encourages, all Arizona law enforcement personnel to suspect anyone of a crime, and then demand proof of citizenship or legal alien status. Given the prevalence of white racism in Arizona, the law is obviously directed at anyone and everyone who “looks Hispanic”.

Fer sure: America is threatened by a tidal wave of brown-skinned hordes. Of course, historically, nativist racists also imagined America threatened by hordes of “sub-human” Irish, Italians, Jews, etc.

Of course, the original Illegal Aliens were the Anglo-Saxons who came to rape, murder, and steal the lands of Native Americans.

When will Arizona pass a similar law for us?

Births on this date:

Maximilien Robespierre - 1758
Sigmund Freud – 1856
Orson Welles – 1915
George Clooney – 1961

Deaths on this date:

Henry David Thoreau - 1862


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