April 27, 2010

Why don't supporters of Arizona's new law just use liberals' own words?

And those would be "race as one of many factors."

After all, critics of the law are mischaracterizing what it means in the most ridiculous terms imaginable; however, why couldn't the law's supporters used the same "logic" that "progressives" use (regarding the use of race) when it comes to, say, education. Ladies and gentlemen, my blog "godfather," John Rosenberg:

As we’ve seen too many times to cite, one of the most ubiquitous excuses liberals give for why racial profiling by college admissions officers and company employment offices is not racial profiling is that race is “only one of many factors” considered. As I wrote here,

If there is one refrain that is repeated, mantra-like, over and over again by defenders of racial preferences, it is that race is only "one of many factors" in admissions decisions. The quotes are ubiquitous, as in the president of the University of Michigan, Mary Sue Coleman's, repeated assertions that “there is no effective substitute for the consideration of race as one of many factors in our admissions decisions.”

The IRS, to pick one of many examples, will not revoke the tax-exempt status of an organization so longs as it “limits its use of race to being one of many factors in making affirmative action decisions.”

Thus the face of liberalism shines upon race-conscious preferential treatment so long as race is “only one of many factors” considered in awarding the preference.

Indeed. But much like the ridiculous TSA screenings at airports, Arizona's new law must be absolutely free of ANY hint of a racial component ... and even though, as written, it is, that still doesn't stop it from being labeled "racist" by the left. Even if the governor who signed the law said the following:

Let me be clear, though: My signature today represents my steadfast support for enforcing the law -- both AGAINST illegal immigration AND against racial profiling.

This legislation mirrors federal laws regarding immigration enforcement.

Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted, verbatim, from the same offense found in federal statute.

I will NOT tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona.

Because I feel so strongly on this subject, I worked for weeks with legislators to amend SB 1070, to strengthen its civil rights protections.

That effort led to new language in the bill, language prohibiting law enforcement officers from “solely considering race, color, or national origin in implementing the requirements of this section...”

As Rosenberg writes, "Do any readers entertain the belief that liberals, who do not believe academic racial profiling is racial profiling because race is “only one of many factors,” are satisfied that the Arizona law is not racial profiling because ethnicity is “only one of many factors” police may consider in stopping someone?"

Yeah, right. Though I'd love to hear someome use that very line against a "progressive" who's screaming about the "racism" inherent in the new law!

Posted by Hube at April 27, 2010 05:23 PM | TrackBack

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