Rather than just issue a statement condemning the new immigration laws passed in Arizona, Los Angeles City Council has officially boycotted Arizona.
This is great news.
The rules that Arizona have passed are a really hark back to fascist Europe. For crying out loud how on earth can any civilised group of people pass a law that encourages people to discriminate against others purely on how they look?!?!?!?!?!
I have to admit to have been holding back about writing about this but it is doing my tree in and it needs to be said.
The human race should be encouraging each other to see past our physical differences, regardless of what they may be - skin colour, inherited genetic features, disabilities, hair colour or any of the others that you can name - and to find the things that we have in common.
Our history shows that when people are encouraged by authority to view one particular group as negative it doesn't take long for incidents of hate and discrimination to rise and, if 'nurtured' by the powers that be, escalate to genocide.
There's a percentage of the human race that, when given the opportunity to legitimise there lust for violence, will take our their inner hate on those of which ever group they are allowed to target. The Jews found this out during World War 2 , the people of the Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia found it out and so have countless of groups of people throughout history.
The law that has been passed in Arizona and the people who passed it are one of two things (or maybe both):
i) ignorant of the history of the human race and the consequences of their actions.
ii) fueled by hate and distrust and guilty of racism.
I know that there are people all over the world that believe that group A are better human beings that group B but it is appalling that a country that carries out acts of war in the name of fairness and freedom would allow one of it's member states to pass a law that goes against those things so blatantly.
We, as intelligent, reasonably fair human beings (for after all we all have our likes and dislikes, our loves and our hates) should challenge this kind of covert fascist law making wherever it raises it's head.
And if you doubt you should then read this by Pastor Martin Niemoller (I first read it on the sleeve of Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist" single) and tell me that it pays to turn a blind eye because it's easy.