For the second time in a week, like a moth drawn to the flame, I feel the need to respond to the responses I’m seeing. About the only thing worse than a mistake made is the lengths to which others go to prove their own point, often delving into the silly.
On ESPN – a sports site, incidentally – one columnist facetiously suggested that everyone from Arizona carry special identification cards that show we’re from here. Apparently, he’s never heard of a drivers’ license. (I’m still trying to figure out why this was on a sports website but, hey, who am I to question the great Worldwide Leader.)
One commenter on the column said “we live in America, where the police can’t demand papers of any American citizen they feel like. Except in Arizona.” Sound good, though not precisely true. Anything amiss on a vehicle, for instance, from a broken brake light to a missed signal can suffice anywhere.
Before you start, I get the idea of racial profiling and that’s the one thing that troubles me about the law as passed. Somehow, “we told them not to do it,” as Governor Brewer told us, doesn’t make me feel better about the possibilities. Not here, with what already happens.
Tomorrow night the Phoenix Suns are going to wear its “Los Suns” jerseys “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation,” said team owner Robert Sarver.
Let me get this right … the team’s going to honor the Latino community by adding the word “Los” in front of the word Suns? (They actually already have worn the jersey twice, winning both games.) Wouldn’t it make more sense to have jerseys in Spanish reading “Los Sols?” It’s been done … take a look at the Milwaukee Brewers, who both in the spring and during the season don “Cerveceros” jerseys.
Much like the law, the idea behind the jersey is solid but the implementation is abysmal. Not that you’ll see the columnists lined up to mail one in point out the silliness of Spanglish on a jersey.
Outside of this … it’s virtually impossible to write about the law or the larger issue because like everything else political these days, there’s no middle ground to be had. You’re either on this side or that, right or wrong, watching CNN or FOX. It’s unfortunate, as there are issues – larger ones than this – to be addressed and the rhetoric seems to get in the way.
So hey, if you want to spend your day picketing in front of Wrigley Field as 40 people did (while another 30,000 plus went inside to watch the Diamondbacks play), cool. Go for it.
Just don’t wear a short that says “Los Cubs.” Take the minute to translate it and really honor some folks.