All this talk about the ridiculous new immigration law in Arizona forcing people carry around their “papers” like Nazi Germany got me thinking about something. For all the American bravado and arrogance that Arizona is putting on display, they are forgetting one thing – “we” weren’t here first and “we” were at one time illegal immigrants who stole an entire country away from the natives. (And really, in Arizona, they should know that almost better than anyone) The story reminded me of all the pictures of petroglyphs I took when I lived in New Mexico, which serve as a reminder that an entirely different people lived here first… well before we arrived. I went back through my photos and pulled a bunch of them out and I wanted to share them with you today. This issue in Arizona is, to me, just the start of more racist behavior by certain segments of society, and it could serve as well to remember that we weren’t here first.
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So let’s stop it with the “show us your papers” stuff, ok? Imagine how you would feel if you had to carry around your birth certificate to prove you are a citizen, if only because your skin happens to be brown…
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