Today’s announcement by the Supreme Court upholding the “Show me your papers” provision of SB1070 continues the assault against Arizona’s Latino and Migrant communities. This ruling is not just the legalization of racial profiling, but is a green light for racism and will result in the increase of police and border patrol terror against communities of color.
All people who are struggling to survive under the weight of the capitalist economic crisis should take note of this decision. The legalization of racial profiling by the Supreme Court will not solve any of the urgent social problems that demand attention. It will not provide jobs, health care or education for anyone. It will not fix schools, roads or other crumbling infrastructure. It will instead waste the money that could be spent on these vital social services criminalizing and jailing people who are doing nothing other than trying to survive.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and notoriously racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio have been salivating over this, waiting for the opportunity to fill the for-profit prisons of their corporate-friends. Arpaio has made no secret of his intent to launch checkpoints and “crime sweeps” as soon as the ruling was announced, and the Governor sent a training video to every law-enforcement agency in the state, preparing them to enforce the provisions as soon as the court ruled on them.
We cannot sit by and allow the state to isolate and terrorize portions of our community. We must unite with those under attack and push back the assault that is aimed at ALL people. The tactic of dividing people by skin color, religion, sexual identity, or whether they possess specific documents or not is just an attempt to divert attention away from the real problem and the real criminals: The banks, the corporations and the war-machine that steal more and more of the world’s wealth while they continually pit worker against worker, group against group.
We must unite and fight back against everything that attempts to divide us. Racism, sexism, anti-gay bigotry – it all has to go. We must continue and broaden the fight-back and fight against war, racism and imperialism and for jobs, legalization, health care and education for all. As we watch events unfold in Paraguay, where another anti-people coup takes place, it is imperative that our fight go global as well.
Now is a good time to remember that history shows that what matters is what happens in the streets – not in the Courts or in the White House. That is what will ultimately decide the fate of the people.
Si se puede. The struggle continues.