Saturday, June 12, 2010

Arizona's declining image | | The Indianapolis Star

Arizona's declining image The Indianapolis Star

Several weeks ago, after a column critical of President Barack Obama, a woman wrote to say she agreed with me. Then she said something I did not agree with, bemoaning the fact that, thanks to Obama, her grandchildren would grow up with a "different image of what a president looks like" than the one she had as a child.

It's tempting to lump that reader in with the pitiful souls who resent the idea of a black president because they're terrified at how fast the country is changing and unsure of where they fit in.

Arizona, is the place that gave us state-sponsored vigilantism; having decided the authorities weren't doing their job, the state organized a posse to do it for them. The result: an odious law that transforms local cops into pseudo-immigration agents. This is the state where education officials barred from teaching English courses those instructors who have heavy accents. And this is the state that banned ethnic studies in schools because of fears that such classes promote "resentment toward a race or class of people."
Arizona is making the wrong moves for the wrong reasons. Its citizens should look in the mirror and confront what they've become.

Navarrette is a San Diego Union-Tribune columnist.

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