Sunday, January 09, 2011

Arizona, Arizona...but here I will withhold my judgement...for now

Arizona. This is the state that has banned ethnic studies in  K-12 where they taught African, Mexican and Native American studies. Why promote diversity? This is the same state that has begun checking your immigration papers if you are brown and on the wrong side of town, you know racial profiling. Oh and they also no longer allow teachers with heavy accents to teach English...

Arizona is in fact a haven for bigotry and prejudice as stated by the Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik in reference to the Tucson shooting. Unfortunately you cannot convince me otherwise. However, I hesitate, though ever so slightly to attribute this to the crazy stuffed-monkey petting xenophobes that hide within the Tea Party. Why?  Because we have no proof. Thus far we know that Jared Lee Loughner is 22 years old with a history of mental illness and he shot up a political event killing 6 people, including a federal judge and shooting U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the head. She is currently fighting for her life.

I think it is safe to assume it is politically motivated. But it is not guaranteed and I would not attribute it to the Tea Party...yet. I do know that post-pubescent boys don't usually go on a shooting rampage outside of their immediate realm of everyday living (i.e. school) without some mentoring. For example, the Lee Boyd Malvo and the D.C. sniper case. When we find the second person involved... the supposed male in his 40-50s and assess his capacities I will then judge. I suggest people do the same. It's a tough time and right now we should focus on that.
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