The Wages Of Bigotry Is Boycotts

May 17th, 2010at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Apparently Arizona’s government are such huge racist bastards that it never even occurred to them that many people in other states are not:

Acknowledging that Arizona has developed a serious image problem because of its tough new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer and tourism-industry leaders said Thursday that they will launch a new effort to stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.

The legislation and firestorm of negative publicity that followed brought calls for boycotts, moved groups to back out of local conventions and led several cities to cut business ties with Arizona companies.

(…)

“It’s up to us to get the truth out there. This is impacting Arizona’s face to the nation,” said Brewer, who blamed the controversy on misconceptions about the law.

(…)

Officials were just starting to see signs of life when the backlash over the new immigration law began, said Debbie Johnson, CEO of the Arizona Tourism Alliance and the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

To date, dozens of cities and groups have announced boycotts. Arizona has lost at least 30 to 40 meetings and conventions, she said.

“We were surprised by (the boycotts),” Johnson said. “We didn’t think it was going to be a tourism issue. This is a political issue.”

Of course, no one could have anticipated.  They couldn’t even imagine that anyone might find the show-me-your-papers law offensive.  But I think this is my favorite part right here:

“The end goal is to reassert that we are a safe, inviting, diverse and culturally aware community,” said Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Really?  A diverse and culturally aware community that harasses Latinos and demands to see their papers?  That has banned ethnic studies and won’t even allow anyone with an accent to teach English?  I can’t think of any other state whose government has actively embraced racism and xenophobia like Arizona’s has.  They’re like that creepy uncle who uses the N-word all the time and can’t understand why no one invites him to dinner any more.

(h/t Karin for the accent thing)

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Racism,Wankers


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