No joke! State Rep. Cecil Ash is suggesting it’s time for whiteness to get its formal recognition in lieu of all these brown and black folks getting their own holidays and special months. The lawmaker supposedly made the recommendation during a debate with a democratic lawmaker in Arizona’s state house:
“I wanted to speak to you all about Latino Americans here in Arizona,” said state Rep. Richard Miranda on the House floor Monday, starting the conversation that sparked the controversy.
Miranda said Arizona should have a Latino American day in Arizona.
After some heated debate, Rep. Cecil Ash stepped up to the mic.
“I’m supportive of this proposition. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you’ll have a day for us,” Ash said.
Ash isn’t backing down from his claims, adding he thinks the idea is “appropriate.”
“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.”
I can’t be surprised with this type of nonsense–this is a state where they have banned ethnic studies; where local law enforcement agencies have been given the green light by the state government to engage in racial and ethnic profiling people of Hispanic origin.
So after proclaiming to the world that Arizona is not friendly to racial and ethnic minorities and are ambivalent to their contributions to the state, this Arizona lawmaker wants the state to formally give whiteness a pat on the back for its historical contributions. Considering this state’s track record in putting racial and ethnic minorities on notice that they are no longer welcome in Arizona, I feel pretty confident this type of legislation, if drafted, would be approved and signed into law.