Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No statue of liberty in Arizona

For you darker skin people out there, you better think twice about traveling to Arizona because yesterday Governor Brewer signed SB 1070. The bill would require that police officers ask for proof of citizenship should they suspect a person of being undocumented. Although the measure is meant for illegal immigrants especially those from south of the border, it has other implications.

Can you imagine the grief an Indian can get by going to Phoenix and not have some type of citizenship papers? It might not be pretty for that Indian! They have a sheriff in Maricopa County who takes law and order to another level. Can you imagine sitting in jail there and wondering why the hell you ever wanted to go to Arizona?

On a less serious side, the whole situation reminds me of the movie “Born in East L.A” –can you imagine getting deported to Mexico? I guess it would be another way to get rid of Indians.  I thought dark-skin people had gone through that once already. 

Arizona might be tough guys in this case, and cheered in many parts of the country, but just think what it will do for their already shambled economy. I thought a greenback would look good no matter who threw it on the counter. A lot of the jobs held by the people targeted in this bill are jobs nobody else will do and it is racial profiling in the first degree.

It seems to me that some other measure would have been more appropriate than a wholesale clamp-down on those dark skinned people.  If it works for one race who's to say it won't be tried on another!

1 comment:

  1. right! I just saw Wes Studi's movie made in Kansas.. compliments of the Potawatomi credits given also to Steve Cadue..."The Only Good Indian"...reminded me of a few things learned during my time there with the tribe, I miss the Elders, the ones before we became elderly...