The Supreme Court to hear arguments on Russell Pearce's pride and the Legislature's travesty SB1070 signed by our Governor Jan Brewer. I am so ashamed of what we have done as a state. What happened to us, have we hardened our hearts this much? The Video is above and below is my thoughts on this most important issue.
I am ashamed of my State's Government, Governor, and the people of Arizona. How could we allow are state to become synonymous with the words bigotry, racism, and hate. How can so many of my fellow Arizonan's support such a racist and Un-American law. I have lived in Arizona all my life as have my parents and there parents have lived here for the majority of their life. I have one grandparent who was born in Arizona and her mother lived in Arizona since the 1920's. I am white and not Latino but I stand in solidarity with the Latinos in this state in their fight to strike down this racist and unconstitutional law. For it is not just their fight it is a fight we all should participate in. I may not share the majority conservative political opinions of this state but I have just as much right to my opinion as they do. My roots stretch back further in this state then many being how many people have came to this state from other places. I love Arizona, its people, its natural beauty, and its history. I do think the majority of Arizonan's are more decent then the State's legislature would suggest. Arizonan's are often stubborn and sometimes rough around the edges but are generally pragmatic and a hard-working people who care about their neighbors. While you would not know this from the Legislature this is true of the majority of people in Arizona.
We are a state of diversity of both climate and people. We have cool high-country forest and hot dry desserts. We have a large Latino population and Native American population. We have people of Asian and Middle Eastern ancestry. We have Christians a large amount who are Catholic and Mormon, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Agnostics, and yes even Atheist. We have hard-right Tea Party Conservatives, left-wing Progressives, and most who fall somewhere in-between. We are not dumb cowboys from the sticks even though we do have a lot of cowboys in small towns all throughout Arizona though their mostly educated.
Below is a poem of how I feel the situation in Arizona has gotten. I speak of common beliefs shared by many but not myself. I wrote this for getting people to change their heart and mind. I wanted to be honest of the hate and distrust out there and speak frankly, I hope I do not offend anyone for that is not the purpose.
We have lost our way is all, and I hope we find our way back to the Arizona I know and love. We have given into fear and distrust. We have learned to see the other as a threat instead of our brother. We have been brainwashed by political rhetoric that is often fever pitch. We have suddenly saw our immigrant neighbors as a threat to our culture and neighborhoods instead of potential friends. We have began to fear the spoken language of Spanish as interfering with our Arizonan Western English dialect. We have began to see the written language of Spanish as a threat to the entire English written word. We see a group of day laborers on the street and we think damn illegals. We see a group of Mexicans partying in their front yards and think damn drunk Mexicans. We see a group of young Latino men and think damn gang-bangers. We see large groups of Hispanics in the stores and think they are taking over. We see a large line filled with a lot of brown people in government offices and think they are having babies and taking all our services that we can not afford. We see a Latino at work and start to talk. We see Latinos in our churches and worship with them. We see Latino's across the street from us and they begin to speak with us. We realize they are our brothers and sisters and we were blinded by fear and hate! We become better men and women because we learned this great truth. May we all learn to live together and prosper. Sí se puede!