What’s up with Arizona?
After a Latino state legislator proposed a Latino American Day, lawmaker Cecil Ash stepped up before the legislature to suggest a holiday for white people. Seriously.
This is, after all, the land of S.B. 1070, the contentious and draconian immigration enforcement bill that has been mired in legal deadlock since it was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in 2010. The legislation, considered the strictest of its kind when it was passed, is to be ruled upon by the Supreme Court later this year.
It’s also home to Russell Pearce, the former Republican state senator credited with laying down the framework for the state’s controversial immigration law.
Don’t forget Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Representative Richard Miranda suggested a Latino-American Day for Arizona’s Latino-Americans. After a debate, Representative Cecil Ash followed up with a similar request for a White-American Day.
And he’s not backing down. Despite the laughter.
“I think it was appropriate,” he told the station, referring to his proposed holiday. “It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way.”