Thursday, April 22, 2010

Arizona Governor Brewer: Do We Sit Still For Racial Profiling OR Will We Tell Our Children "We Just Didn't Know?"

People often ask me why I write my blog. I respond, "I write my blog because I love my USA, I am a Christian and I am a Humanitarian. This is my cause." I don't profit from my blog. I never will. I write my blog because "there but for the grace of God go I." I am a humanitarian. What if my Dad's grandfather didn't decide upon moving to Texas 200 years ago? What if he had stayed in Mexico. What if my family didn't decide to move until now...when immigration policies were broken yet wanted their children to have a better life?
(skip forward 200 years to the time my future husband and I met and fell in love..two liberals, loving life, loving each other, loving America...hard working, starry eyed optimists.)

I remember when my husband and I were dating. It was the early 1970s. My husband and I were in our early twenties. After work, we frequented a bar owned by a blond, blue-eyed German Immigrant. Randy, the bar owner, was twenty years older than we were. He was born in Nazi Germany. He immigrated to the U.S. after the war. We later found out he was a member of the "German Youth."

My (future) husband asked him, as a friend, as someone he knew was friends to all cultures, how could HE be a member of the Hitler Youth and support such racist policies. Randy responded, "We didn't realize what was happening. We thought he was just improving our economy and our status in the world. We didn't know about the concentration camps."

I think about his words when I think about what is happening in the U.S. today, with all the racial profiling and the demonization and scape-goating of ALL Latinos. Are we ALL so blind that we fail to see what is happening in Arizona? Do we fail to see the racial profiling actions of sheriff arpaio and his masked goons? (this is an actual picture on the right) Do we fail to see what happened in Patchogue, N.Y. when the Caucasian Crew went "Beaner Stomping" EVERY WEEK after school?

This reminds me of the World War 2 days with the forced relocation and internment by the US Govt in 1942 of 110,000 Japanese Americans along the Pacific Coast. There was no rhyme or reason to it. It was based on the roller coaster steam of the ANTI Asian sentiment at the time after Pearl Harbor. The end result was a racist interment of one race of people primarily on the West Coast.

Now we see the same thing happening by the racist state senate of Arizona.

My question to all readers: Are we the people of America, going to allow these racist activities, racial profiling, to occur in all Latino neighborhoods in Arizona by masked volunteer goons? If we do allow this to happen, what will we tell our children? Or will we be like Randy and will we respond and say "we just didn't know."

7 comments:

The Arizonian said...

I, being a citizen of the Great State of Arizona, hope she veto's this bill. When one actually reads the text (more than I can say about our state leg) you realize this is more invasive for all citizens and illegals alike. This is being fueled by paranoia.

Allow the employer sanctions to work, boycott those that hire them, and resist the "show me your papers please" bill.

Dee said...

Arizonian,
You are right. The bill is worse than I thought.

Reading it over, it turns Arizona into a police state. So much for the limited government the teapartiers are asking for.

Take this one for example. You can no longer pick up anyone from work:
SB1070
1. Unlawful picking up passengers for work

· Specifies that it is a class 1 misdemeanor for an occupant of a motor vehicle that is stopped on a street, roadway, or highway to attempt to hire or hire and pick up passengers for work at a different location, if the motor vehicle blocks or impedes the normal movement of traffic.

· Specifies that it is a class 1 misdemeanor for a person to enter a motor vehicle that is stopped on a street, roadway or highway in order to be hired by an occupant of the motor vehicle and to be transported to work at a different location, if the motor vehicle blocks or impedes the normal movement of traffic.

Dee said...

This piece is very harsh. What is "full extent permitted?"

Enforcement of Immigration Law

· Prohibits officials and agencies of this state or counties, municipalities and political subdivisions from restricting or limiting the enforcement of the federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.

Dee said...

AND if any wacko ANTI decides ANY town or law enforcement person is not enforcing the law to their view (hauling everyone brown person in and arresting them), then they can take that town or law enforcement person to court and recover court costs and attorney fees:

SB1070

· Allows a person to bring an action in superior court to challenge officials and agencies of the state, counties, cities, towns or other political subdivisions that adopt or implement a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.

· Allows the court to order any of the following, if there is a judicial finding of a violation:

Dee said...

Full Extent Permitted = Mass Deportation Now or else that town or law enforcement official is taken to court.

The courts will be full until Mass Deportation occurs.

Every Brown person will be stopped. No one can pick up anyone from work again.

A Complete Militaristic, Totalitarian state. Shades of Nazi Germany!

Heil Pearce!

Dee said...

Full Extent Permitted = Mass Deportation Now or else that town or law enforcement official is taken to court.

The courts will be full until Mass Deportation occurs.

Every Brown person will be stopped. No one can pick up anyone from work again.

A Complete Militaristic, Totalitarian state. Shades of Nazi Germany!

Heil Pearce!

Dee said...

Unlawful transportation:

Let's suppose you have a carpool. It is your turn to drive the kids to school. You MUST check out all of the kids papers. Otherwise, if you drive them to school and you are stopped and cannot show proof of citizenship for all the children, your car will be impounded.

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