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Ethnic cleansing

2 May 2010

The Governor of Arizona suggested the other day that her “non-ethnic” “papers-please” law was a response to terrorism.  I assume she was talking about Shawna Forde’s paramilitary organization’s attack on people in her state, but somehow I don’t think so.  And, as with Felipe Calderón’s over-reaching response to the narcotics-export problem, it seems to be engendering more, not less, of the very activity it’s meant to control:

Supporters see passage of the stop-and-shake law as an invitation to ramp up their Forde-style military assault on border jumpers–party time for Minutemen. One group, the Cochise County Militia (CCM), has just announced it is reforming itself into a local Blackwater–style organization–something Forde, according to what her brother told Seattle Weekly last year–envisioned for her Minutemen American Defense group, MAD. She at times also referred to herself as the “Delta Force” leader. According to Southern Poverty Law Center, CCM’s founder, Bill Davis, just told supporters via email that his Tombstone, Ariz.-based militia will be forming a private military company, which is “completely legal!!!”

Davis said he prefers combat veterans for his venture but will consider others. There is no pay. “We can be considered paramilitary, but not vigilantes, mercenaries, etc.,” Davis wrote in the email. That’s in sharp contrast to his website’s discussion of weapons, which says that “we don’t want to appear as a para-military group in any way.”

Actually, the website’s contrast is much sharper. “Thirsty Illegals Are Just Dying To Be Caught,” it says over photos of men armed with combat rifles. And in a newsletter, Davis outlines some of his rules of engagement, including: “Be polite…be professional…be ready to kill all you Meet!” Or as Forde might add, at least the “filthy” brown ones.

Of course, the Legislature, in its infinite wisdom (with a collective IQ slightly above that of the temperature of a Minnesota parking garage in January), is taking steps to control future terrorism too:

Arizona’s supporters of the state’s draconian new immigration law insist that it has nothing to do with race and isn’t meant to discriminate against certain ethnic communities. Their claims are undermined, however, by what else the state government is trying to do to target recent immigrants. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Arizona Department of Education “recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English”

I guess the law isn’t all bad: A guy who says “waar ownla giben this tessen Engles” probably shouldn’t be allowed to claim proficiency in the language.  But…

Adding insult to injury, the Arizona legislature passed a bill yesterday outlawing ethnic studies programs:

HB 2281 would make it illegal for a school district to have any courses or classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity “instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

It also would ban classes that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”

The measure is directed at the Tuscon Unified School District’s popular Mexican-American studies department, which school officials say provides only “historical information” — not “ethnic chauvanism” as the state school superintendent has alleged. One state lawmaker tried to show how ridiculous the legislation is by proposing that schools be barred from teaching about 9/11 because it would result in hatred toward Arab-Americans; the measure failed.

Thankfully, Arizona is close enough to Mexico to allow for refugees to easily escape to a civilized country where the law still refugees from fascist states automatic residency.   And, we have the shining example in our history of of Gilberto Bosques, the Mexican consul in Marsailles who rented out a castle and a summer camp in Vichy France as annexes  to give diplomatic protection to those in unable to escape the fascists.   With real estate prices plummeting in Arizona perhaps the Secretaría de Relacíones Exteriores can make a good deal for a few resort complexes that are likely to be sitting empty, both for a shortage of employees and guests.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. don quixote permalink
    2 May 2010 11:32 am

    Op-Ed Columnist
    If Only Arizona Were the Real Problem
    Published: May 1, 2010

    Richard, I think Frank Rich in the NY Times today really nailed it for us. The Arizona racist profiling #1070 is only part of a recent fascist revolt by the so called “Tea Baggers” and the recently formed “White Peoples Part” formerly known as the US Republican Party. These proto fascists have taken over the GOP and any kind of moderate , rational discourse by the likes of former moderates like McCain, and is stomped into dust. I’m afraid we in the USA and especially immigrants and minorities have become just the latest scapegoat and whipping boys for the pissed off” white people” of the USA.
    Fortunately (I hope!), the ridiculous antics and racism from these kooks is becoming so blatant and comical that it is creating a strong rejection of neo fascism by many “white Americans” and other rational thinking people who still believe in democracy and the Bill of Rights.
    But the reactionaries of the right have loud belligerent messages (Save our white culture from the darkies, fags, foreigners, and the African Muslim President!), that if not called out for what it is by people willing to speak out then we may be in for a return to the dark ages and right wing Christian fundamentalist thought control and extremism.
    The huge May Day rallies across the USA yesterday was a good beggining, lets hope it continues and is joined even further by most fair minded non racist American citizens of good will.

  2. 4 May 2010 8:40 am

    Cute photo with the Nazis and the Klan. Classic example of how differences of opinions have come to be stated by Americans.

    You don´t agree with me? Well, you´re a Nazi.


    You don´t agree with me? Well, you´re a Commie.

    And there are usually some adolescent profanities thrown in for good measure.

    Pretty sad state of affairs.

    Michael Dickson

  3. 9 May 2013 8:08 am

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