Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Boycotting Arizona & Jon Stewart on Arizona's Xenophobic Law (Video)

Calling Arizona "The Meth Lab of Democracy," Jon Stewart notes the lunacy of the laws passed in Arizona of late, especially the law mandating racial profiling. Stewart reminds us that laws are here to protect us, but, as always, the fight is about who the hell 'us' is.

In Breathing While Undocumented, Linda Greenhouse vows to forever shun the state of Arizona while it remains "a police state." All those planning to boycott Arizona can come to New York, says the never shy New York Mayor Bloomberg. Meanwhile San Francisco talks of bigger or "sweeping boycotts," and the nation of Mexico agrees completely and talks of ending all business with the state of Arizona and everyone and everything inside said shameful state. And Governor Brewer goes deeper into denial.

Blue Texan sums up Governor Brewer's position on the proposed economic boycott of Arizona thusly: "Shorter Brewer: At a time of recession, how dare people not financially support our racist xenophobic laws."

NPR: The bill might not have become law if Democrat Janet Napolitano had still been governor. Napolitano vetoed similar measures. And Arizona's Latino community hoped that Brewer, who replaced Napolitano, would veto it. . . Of course, there will be legal challenges, and there will likely be boycotts of Arizona's hotels and conventions. That happened after the state refused to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday, and led eventually to Arizona giving in. There will also be political repercussions. While Republicans may pick up a few more percent of the angry white vote in November 2010, they can kiss the Hispanic vote goodbye -- and not just in Arizona.

"We express our outrage in the face of this abuse of power. We call for a boycott of all goods and services from Arizona and pledge to avoid tourism in the state as well. Let's send a signal of our disgust with an arrogant state government that asserts powers it does not have in order to persecute a minority population." -- La OpiniĆ³n (via Gawker), largest Spanish-language newspaper in the US