Are you feeling it in Phoenix?

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    Jun 07, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    I flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport today. Felt like a lot of folks were looking at me with this judgement "looking down your nose at you" kind of look, like I was some kind of illegal alien. That's because I've got that ethnically ambiguous look. I'm keeping my passport on me at all times.

    The feeling of the xenophobia was palpable...and this was in the big city of Phoenix.

    I don't want to be caught without my papers and sent to Auschwitz.

    I'm starting to regret coming here on business. I also feel like a scab picket line crosser.

    For those of you who are from outside Arizona and other states which border Mexico and Canada, and who are a "person of color" what have your experiences been since the State of Arizona implemented their own law and regulations on how they will now handle illegal immigrants? Do you have an opinion on the effectiveness of the processes and service you experienced? What do you think this has done to the Arizona "brand".

    Note, residents of Arizona and other adjacent states bordering Mexico need not respond. I want to hear from those who are from outside the state and other states which border Mexico.
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    Jun 07, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    I live in Pomona, which borders the deserts towards Arizona.

    I realize I'm not a 'person of color' and sometimes I wish I WERE, why?

    CSU Pomona is #3 for diversity on a college campus in the entire nation, we're 25% white, the rest is mixed. Constantly on campus I'm reminded of the 'latent white power' I have and that my opinions aren't very encompassing nor really relevant...I constantly am reminded that I "haven't felt real struggle" and as a white person I have a blind eye to racism even if I disagree explaining my hate towards racism etcetc.

    Although you can make the argument that whities are racist towards all non-white...Here in Pomona I often feel targeted for BEING white even when I'm a complete supporter.

    Anyways, sorry if this wasn't what you're looking for but after the law in Arizona passed my feelings of being ignored because I'm white and "don't get the picture" have increased even further...

    "people of color" i love you guys and i'm fighting with you, don't abandon me just because i'm not of color too! icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 07, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
    I'm not really qualified to respond, but I will say that I'll go out of my way to ensure that my job doesn't send me to AZ on business. I have the "Florida Tan" and would probably get stuck in jail because I don't have a passport or green card. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    Let me officially welcome you to the great state of Arizona. It's hot now, dry and I was out tonight skinny dipping. I have gotten along pretty well. I am a 4th generation native. Oddly, I am starting to like it now that I have turned off the news!!

    I look like Mexican with my all over dark tan! (no tan lines)! lol......I do have a Mexican Grand ma so I can say that I have a very rich South West heritage and I am proud of it!
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    Jun 07, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    By the way, I have had "white" friends visit me in Hawai'i and they have been on the other side of the coin. A "white" minority in a state that is mostly people of color. And they have experienced prejudice and discrimination.

    I have also lived in Miami, where there are places that English is not spoken either by illiteracy or by choice.

    In the end, prejudice and discrimination stink no matter what "color" it comes in.

    Personally, I do not tolerate any bigotted blather in my presence. I call shit for what it is. I do not stand tacit. You should see the faces on groups of folks when that happens. Behind the eye balls, I'm sure they're thinking, "I thought he was one of us".