It’s official, the DOJ is taking Sheriff Joe to court over racist policing! Apparently they finally came out and said negotiations were getting nowhere and he was deliberately stonewalling and delaying. (Big surprise.) This totally makes my day. For anyone who’s not familiar with him, Joe Arpaio is a hero to some and a bigoted tin-pot despot to many. As far as I know, he’s the only elected official to be burned in effigy in the US in at least the last twenty-five years.
In other happy news, my guest review of The Slipstream Con, by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore, posted today over at More Than This, a new menage and poly book review blog. I’m giving it five stars. If MMF science fiction romance is your speed, go read about it!
So I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, but I’ve been sick a lot lately, and I just haven’t had enough brain cells left at the end of the day to do it. A particularly racist law went through the Arizona Legislature not long ago worded to kill one particular ethnic studies program–a highly-lauded program from the part of the state I’m originally from. I hadn’t realized that somehow, the Tucson school board was involved in the invoking the law to challenge and then kill the program. But apparently they have more bigots to deal with on the board than I’d anticipated . . . and one of them consented to an interview with The Daily Show. The clip is above, in addition to an article containing a useful summary.
Obviously, this guy is an idiot in addition to being racist, but the truth is, the entire law is screwy. What it boils down to is making some entirely subjective determination that a program teaches ethnic identity in a way somebody feels could lead to students feeling like they must rebel against the US. Though how they think groups of high school students are likely to rebel against the US is beyond me.
If you’re playing along at home, what this would mean is that it would be totally okay for any student who wasn’t Hispanic to be enrolled in the course, because there’s no chance of ethnic identity. Thus making sure that you could teach it to anyone who didn’t have a very reasonable vested interest. On what planet does this make sense?
Fortunately, most Tucsonans have better sense than this. The law is being challenged, this time by students (teachers tried, but were told they didn’t have the vested interest necessary to do so). And anybody stupid enough to use the word “gringo” in a national television interview isn’t likely to be reelected.
This is the part where I should apologize for a long silence, but I’m afraid I have something too urgent to wait on the apology.
The Arizona Senate has just passed a “wrongful birth” bill. Theoretically, the purpose is to allow doctors to withhold information about prenatal issues because a woman might choose to have an abortion based on that information. In practice, the ability to withhold information also means that a doctor could withhold information about issues that threaten the mother’s life, like ectopic pregnancy. And gee, by the way, it will forbid malpractice suits based on a doctor having withheld information.
What the hell are these people doing to my state? I have no words.
She and the ultra-right-wing are trying to break unions in Arizona. And unlike when this was tried in Wisconsin, there is no exception for police and fire. Doesn’t anybody remember the busy deportation?
No matter where I may live in my life, Arizona will always be home. So it’s hard to read news like this:
“It finally rained here last night (3:15 am). First time in 81 days.”
Yes, my mother knows the exact time it rained, and how long ago the previous occasion was. Because it’s been that dry a year. It wasn’t like this when I was growing up there. Welcome to the wonderful world of climate change.