Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds


By Mumia Abu-Jamal  Posted by Hans Bennett (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

- Advertisement -
Listen to the radio essay here.

[col. writ. 05/02/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Out of the fear, anxiety and trepidations of modern American life has sprung the latest immigration law from Arizona legislators, a declaration of war against the state's large (and growing) Hispanic population.

With language reminiscent of old black and white movies featuring Nazi officers stopping people in the street demanding, "Vere are your papers?", the statute as first passed provided for a fine of $2,500 and/or a sentence of six months imprisonment for those unfortunate enough to be caught without identification.

- Advertisement -
The Hispanic community has responded with outrage and protests across the country.

Mexicans feel particularly aggrieved by such laws for the state of Arizona was, for several decades, part of Mexico, until the U.S. - Mexican War of 1848, when the land was lost. Over a thousand years ago, this land was home to the Anasazis and Hohokam people.

Arizona didn't formally enter the U.S. as a state until 1912.

- Advertisement -
The state's Hispanic population is nearly a third of the state's total.

And there's the rub.

A growing brown population is freaking out white Arizonians.

Especially older folks, who see a change they did not foresee; the browning of Arizona, and the browning of America.

Now, the law demands, 'Your papers - or jail!'

This movement around immigration will surely grow by leaps and bounds, and will not be solved soon.

- Advertisement -
Meanwhile, fear, anxiety and trepidation - on both sides.

--(c) '10 maj


- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Hans Bennett is a multi-media journalist mostly focusing on the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners. An archive of his work is available at and he is also co-founder of "Journalists for Mumia," (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author) An interview with Rob Kall

Organizing to Abolish the Prison-Industrial Complex

AUDIO & PRESS RELEASE: New Mumia Crime Scene Photos Unveiled for First Time in the US!

The Assassination of Fred Hampton -- a Book Review