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What Does Illegal Look Like? June 10, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.

I have heard and seen countless commentaries in the media and the Internet (including comments on this blog) that claim that because the Arizona immigration law explicitly forbids racial profiling, it will not unfairly target latino and latina citizens.

This argument is either disingenuous or just naive.

Here is Adam Serwer on the so-called “color-blindness” of Arizona’s law:

{…} This is basically an extension of colorblind racist philosophy into law — namely the text of the bill outlaws racial profiling, despite the fact that it is clearly aimed at the state’s Latino population. The reason you can pass a law that encourages racial profiling in spirit while prohibiting it in letter is that everyone has a concept in their head of what an “illegal immigrant” looks and sounds like. A police officer wouldn’t have to make a judgment based on race alone; as the civil-rights groups’ lawsuit points out, they could make such decisions based on racialized factors such as “language, accent, clothing, English-word selection” or “failure to communicate in English.”

“Driving while black” has always been probable cause for a traffic stop in this country. Arizona has now added driving while brown, speaking Spanish, or eating tacos.

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Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

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1. tania Azevedo - June 11, 2010

good post so right

2. Asur - June 11, 2010


The law provides for determination of citizenship during the course of an ALREADY EXISTING interaction where the officer would normally request your identification anyway.

Hence, it is NOT POSSIBLE for this law to target any particular ethnic group.

As you can see, the only way for an officer to bypass this protection against racism would be to FABRICATE an infraction of the law in order to subsequently check that person’s citizenship — which is, however, an issue of corruption rather than racism.

If you are trying to say that “Arizona law enforcement is corrupt”, then please, come out into the open and say that.

datGurl! - June 12, 2010

Asur, you sould like an idiot. what makes u think that this law doesnt target one ethnic group? It clearly says that!…

Oh by the way: Arizona law enforcement is corrupt.

said it.

Asur - June 12, 2010

It says nothing of the sort; it seems like you haven’t even read the law you’re attempting to comment on.

You should start by doing that; it’s Arizona Senate Bill 1070 as revised by House Bill 2162.

3. Paul J. Moloney - June 12, 2010

It does seems as though some white males are in the habit of taking out their unresolved personal problems, problems they caused themselves, on women, children and minorities, because these are the easiest victims of discrimination. If someone discriminates against another in public because of nationality or whatever, it is very likely they have discriminated against others in private, such as women and children, because it would be easier to get away with discrimination in private. Private practice engenders public practice.

Even the term ‘minority’ can have the connotation of a racial slur. The minority can be considered inferior, by some, to the majority. No rational person would argue, though, that certain people are inferior simply because they are fewer in number, but if those fewer in number are of a different nationality, color or religion then they are considered inferior. Minority no longer means lesser in number but inferiority as a person. There is no majority or minority, though, in being human because there is only one humanity.

Asur - June 12, 2010

Relative ability, the majority will always be the average (since it defines exactly that); the minority will always comprise both the best and the worst.

Negative discrimination is the error of conflating ability with one or more unrelated traits.

datGurl! - June 12, 2010


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