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Grew up in Arizona, left, ain't going back

I know it won't really make any difference, but perhaps it will become a meme, and then there is just the slightest chance it will make a difference. George F. Will, in the Washington Post column A law Arizona can live with, just two paragraphs after pointing out that 30% of Arizona's residents are Hispanics (and therefore fairly likely subject to a law enforcement officer's reasonable demand for proof of legal residency in the US), says this shit.

Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.

My closest contacts with Hispanics this year are with my daughter's classmates and their parents and families, with college professors and custodial workers and campus cops, with a children's librarian, with a handful of Facebook Friends and, depending on how you count them, two of the very dearest little girls to me in the whole world, to whom I am an honorary uncle. In the past, my closest contacts with Hispanics were with women I dated, teachers and professors I learned from (including Angela DelaCruz, my earliest great teacher), my teammates and rivals in high school Speech and Debate competitions and college APDA (one of whom, now that I think about it, needs to be asked about this law as soon as possible) (by the way? Beat him like a gong. It was kind of a running joke), and my editor on the high school newspaper.

And I trim my own lawn, asshole.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


Nicely said.

It's moments like this that make me sad to know that George Will went to the same high school I did. Fortunately, not at the same time.

What the hell?

My closest contact with Hispanic people: my very kind neighbors who bring us roses and invite us to their parties, and the library patrons who need questions answered and need to know where to find the books they want to read and movies they want to watch.

Just like the other human beings I know. Funny about that.

Here in San Antonio, Hispanics are the majority population. My closest contacts with Hispanics would be, oh, my husband and his Cuban family. Then the doctoral level scientists I work with and my neighbors. I don't know him personally, but I'll throw in San Antonio's current mayor as an example typical Hispanic, from my disdainful and distant perspective over here in south TX.

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