AZ Cognitive Dissonance

Posted: August 2, 2010 in Border Security, Delusional in AZ, Gov. Jan Brewer, Illegal Immigration, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jon Kyl

A recent poll by The Arizona Republic shows that about half of Arizonans believe that Latinos are more likely to be discriminated against than they were six months ago.  Essentially, people feel that the recent wrangling over immigration issues and SB1070 have uncovered racial problems here.  More than a third of those polled disagreed.  And the rest were the “duh, I don’t know” crowd, the usual numbskulls.

But wait there a couple of crazy things going on here…..even though a good percentage recognize the racism inherent in recent trends within Arizona, however more people than not don’t believe that the immigration debate reflects fear of the decreasing white majority.  And to add to that cognitive dissonance 45% said that they felt immigration has positively contributed to community’s cultural diversity.  The piece de resistance, however, is that the majority of state residents STILL support SB1070.  Most of them tout ‘border security’ as their main reason.  Nevermind the fact that the number of deportations are higher now than ever before, even under the Bush years.

So people can hold in their minds the idea that 1) immigration positively impacts the community, 2) that Latinos are more likely to be discriminated against now than they were 6 months ago and yet 3) still support SB1070, a law which will codify and make mandatory that discrimination. 

I guess the icing on the cake is that while they recognize racism and discrimination, they fail to recognize that all racism is based on fear.  Perhaps, one might hope, that respondents were distinguishing between their actual fears versus what was proposed to them in the poll.   Since border security is cited by so many as their reason for supporting the law…one would expect they’re listening to the likes of Gov. Brewer, Sen. Joh Kyl, and Sen. John McCain (http://bit.ly/aMjeQa) hyping the non-existent crime wave.  Or maybe they’re just feeling the effects of the economic downturn and are desparate for jobs.  Such things have always spurred racist tendencies to surface and subsequent overreactions politically.  According to AZCentral.com, “A century ago, Arizona had strikes and deportations of foreign workers over lower wages paid to non-Whites….” (http://bit.ly/cMySR5).  Never mind the reality that the state has lost over 100,000 illegal immigrants (having fled to other states or back to Mexico) and their jobs, seemingly so valued before, have not been filled.  Hmmmmm, I wonder why?  /snark

Our only hope now is that the economy will pick up and relieve some of the scapegoating pressure within the state.  Unfortunately that relief of pressure may also give Congress the excuse it needs to ignore Immigration Reform and let if fester for another decade or more.

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