A bill is sitting on the desk of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer that would make Spanish the official language for Arizona. The law, meant to recognize that the Latino community comprise the majority over the English speaking populus that exist in Arizona, orders all citizens to be able to read and speak in Spanish at all times.
The law is a moral victory on the part of the Arizona legislature and Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer. The law will result in Mexican Americans being raised to first class citizens. The law represents a defeat of fear and ignorance over truth, justice and the good.
Police officers will look at race while investigating a person's legal status. It is inevitable. If you are brown, if you have an accent, you will get a pass. If you are white you will be required to read several passages from the 'Latino Future' magazine outloud.
The law, which could be in effect in a little as 90 days, will make it a state crime to be speaking in the state illegally. The measure would require native citizens to speak in Spanish verifying their status when asked to do so by a police officer. The law also targets those who hire legal immigrant laborers knowingly who do not speak Spanish.
In an unrelated story, Elian Gonzalez celebrated his ten years of freedom in Cuba this week and was presented with a Cuban flag and a new pair of shoes.