How To Break Arizona’s Police State

Yesterday, with lots of fanfare and press coverage and noisy citizens on both sides of the issue, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a draconian law that targets people with dark skin, Latino features, and dark hair.

The law says those people have to carry immigration papers and that Arizona police have to ask them to show those papers on demand.

It’s not really a big step from ‘Let’s see your papers, boy,’ to ‘Show me your papers, spic!’ to ‘Juden raus!’

According to the press there will be immediate court challenges. In the meantime, anyone who looks Hispanic is at risk of being accosted by cops, and anyone who looks Hispanic and is an American citizen is at risk of being accosted by cops, misidentified, and thrown in the slammer.

But Governor Brewer has a solution to the problem of racial profiling. According to the story in today’s Globe:

She said racial profiling will not be tolerated, adding, “We have to trust our law enforcement.’’

Yup. That’ll do it.

So what’s a Hispanic to do?

First thing is for Arizona Hispanics to get their act together, register to vote, and throw the fools out of office at the next election.

In the meantime, Latinos should all act guilty. Seriously. If everyone who looks Hispanic starts acting guilty, looking over their shoulder, walking the other way when they see a cop, how long can the law be viable? If everybody looks guilty to the cops, the cops will have to give it up. And the only criteria they have on which to decide who to harass is looks. So, Latinos, sidle a little, look over your shoulder, glance furtively a lot, avoid cops, pretend to be guilty of something heinous or even misdemeanorous, hang out where you know illegals hang out. Make the cops sweat.

The Lion wonders how the cops are going to feel when a Hispanic, decorated Iraq war veteran comes home with a case of PTSD, and being stopped by some donut-stuffed, macho, “Cops”-watching cop, goes off on him and gets killed by the cop, or vice-versa. The Lion suggests to Ms. Brewer and the legislators of Arizona that that’s pretty much a sure thing. Maybe they should be making those phone calls of sympathy now to the families of every Arizona veteran who looks Hispanic.

The Arizona power structure moans that the Federal government hasn’t done anything to help them deal with immigration problems, so that’s why they need to institutionalize racial profiling and codify it into law. Of course, in the next breath they’ll complain about socialist government, communists in the White House, and government interference in the rights of (white) man.

But of course the Feds do have responsibilities in the matter, but the yahoos and rednecks in suits that the states send to the Senate and the House have done their best to screw up every effort by the government to get a handle on the problem. They apparently want to treat everyone who’s not white as a subhuman, not worthy of respect or dignity, while taking a hands-off approach to the white owners and businessmen who provide jobs to illegals, along with gutter wages and ripoffs.

It’s amusing to see the fat old white men and women bitching about illegal aliens who come to America to commit crimes and take jobs and breed. It’s likely none of those complaining ever worked as hard as most of the illegals do, for as little money, under such adverse circumstances.

Setting up draconian requirements for the eleven million who are already here, demanding money they haven’t got, and back taxes on pay nobody can really account for, isn’t going to work either. A good many of them already pay taxes, just to appear legal.

They’re here. They’re working. Admit it, and admit that a good part of the reason they’re here is because the government has failed to act in a reasonable and effective way to deal with them. There’s no point in trying to punish them. Instead, consider them a resource. Set reasonable requirements: learn English, study for citizenship, pass tests. And make sure employers pay legal wages.

Beef up the border, but don’t turn it into a Berlin wall or an Israeli wall. Find another way. And don’t leave these people to die in the desert. They’re human. They want to work. They want to raise families. They want food in their bellies. They’re willing to work and work hard for their families, for their children. They’re not different from most Americans.

Except for that color thing, and that looking Hispanic thing, which is all that the Arizona legislature and governor can seem to see.

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4 Responses

  1. Racial profiling is a bloody waste of time and I’ll prove it to you:

    Let’s say you’re sitting on a bench your city’s public park at dusk. On your left are five black teenagers. On your right are five overweight, middle-aged and balding Wall Street bankers.

    Question:

    Which group is more likely to rob you of everything?

    ‘Nuff said?

    Good luck enforcing that one, Arizona!

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan

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  2. Reading your post this morning gave me the vision of the immigrant sign with Yosemite Sam. It happened when I read the Governor’s quote…which misses the frickin’ point! She’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

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  3. Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws and the state can continue to boycott Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat War profiteering contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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