If one catastrophe is as consistent in its unfolding as BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the state of Arizona. By now, we’ve gone from the anti-immigrant SB1070 to the anti-Ethnic Studies HB2281, to talks about withholding citizenship from U.S.-born children whose parents are undocumented, to a request for predator drones to secure the border. Besides the SciFi-like, made-for-PBS-special nature of it all, I’m also impressed by how the conversation has managed to find term after term that tries strenuously to suggest that the whole affair is somehow race-neutral.
Frankly, I don’t think a brown person being stopped cares if it’s for “reasonable suspicion” or “racial profiling.” Regardless of the stated reason, it will not be the blonde and blue-eyed who will be stopped. When lawmakers say anti-immigrant, they really mean anti-Mexican.