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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Arizona cracker, yet again

Admittedly, they're under the microscope (for good reason!,) but yet another example of Arizona's racism peaks through as an artist is ordered to "lighten" the faces on an outdoor mural at a school after a local radio host starts a controversy.

(PS. Dear White Republicans, anytime you feel the need to begin a statement, "I am not a racist, but..." or are tempted to use the phrase, "I have lots of black/Hispanic/Jewish/gay/whatever friends," you are very likely being discriminatory and should probably stop talking immediately.

No one ever got off the racist hook by citing the number of oppressed group friends they have. No one. Never.

...but then again, maybe the argument isn't for us. It's for the bigot himself.)


  • "Hell, I'm no racist! Why, Clarence Thomas is my favorite justice on the Supreme Court. That boy's a credit to his race, he is."

    Insert rolling eyes here.

    Is America really pulling appart like a splitting cell? Are we really becoming a bifurcated culture, each branch struggling to nurture wildly incompatible visions of what America existentially IS? Truly, we are arguing -- and fighting over -- the same issues since our establishment. Federalism vs. Sovereign States. The rights of individuals granted by the federal government conflicting with a much smaller set of rights recognized by (some) states.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:04 AM  

  • I don't think so. I think it's the same folks that have always been there, but the current environment is encouraging them to think they're more in the majority so they're speaking and acting when, in the past, they wouldn't have done so publicly.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:21 PM  

  • OK. But I think "they" have been around for generations upon generations. It's not like we're talking about a finite collection of living people; "they" are a political philosophy, not a group of people.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:40 PM  

  • Fair point.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:17 PM  

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