Arizona is not in a good way. Jared Loughner shoots up a crowd, an elementary school paints over a mural that depicts children considered a shade too brown for the liking of Arizona's racists, laws persecuting people who might be suspected of being immigrants are introduced making the entire world think that the American Constitution is now officially dead, barbaric anti-choice laws are being passed: the state of Arizona is unraveling before our very eyes. It's scary to observe such an instance of mass psychosis happening in front of one's own eyes. When I discovered that one of my blog's craziest stalkers was from Phoenix, Arizona, I wasn't surprised at all. Arizona is really not in a good way.
The most recent instance of Arizona's racism-fueled insanity is a bill that would make my field of knowledge banned in that state:
A new law banning ethnic studies programmes has gone into effect in the southwestern US state of Arizona. The state's Latino community claim the law targets them and say similar programmes in African American, Asian and Native American studies are not affected.
Arizonian racists who have been driven completely nuts by living in this barren, scary place (I am yet to meet a person born in Arizona who doesn't refer to their native state as "a hell-hole"), are now suggesting that the field of Hispanic Studies (to which they have obviously not had any actual exposure due to their irrepressible ignorance) is dangerous:
The state claims that the Latino program is more about creating future activists and less about education.
Activists, of course, are scary. Arizona's political leaders realize that the only people who will buy into their racist insanity are those who have been rendered completely passive by stupidity and ignorance.
I don't think there is any hope for Arizona at this point. They will start burning witches soon. But, hell, I'm one of those scary Hispanists whose goal in life is to turn people into political activists, so who cares what I think?
P.S. If you have any respect for human rights, please join those of us who hate Arizona's racist policies and boycott this state. Make you outrage known to Arizona's politicians, boycott Arizona's goods and services, don't visit this horrible state. Let the people of Arizona know that no decent person can respect their leaders' racist policies.