Mighty white of them

16 Mar 2009 10:49 pm
Posted by: Donna

Yesterday the AZ Repuplic informed me that the concern that some DC pols have with Sheriff Arpaio’s immigration sweeps is underwritten by their self-serving African-American-ness. 

Arpaio also is drawing criticism from the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee, where partisanship often flares. But here, too, observers say Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the panel’s chairman, is motivated by a long-term commitment to civil rights. Conyers, like Holder, is Black.

Thank you, white dude reporter of the Republic. And thank you for exposing me to the insight of this conservative white dude:

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a Judiciary Committee member, worries that hearings will exploit racial fears for partisan political gain.

“I think they would like to try to paint all Republicans as racist and motivated by things like racial profiling,” Franks said. “I have not seen one iota of evidence that the sheriff has done anything but enforce the law on the basis that he is trying to protect the people within the county he serves.”

Say…Franks, like Arpaio, is white. Wonder why the Republic reporter failed to note that.


  1. Comment by Katie on March 16, 2009 11:03 pm

    Just, wow.

  2. Comment by Italiana on March 17, 2009 10:37 am

    Wow — when did the DeLorean take us back to 1972?

  3. Comment by jeff f on March 17, 2009 11:05 am

    Someone should send mr. franks some iotas of evidence on Arpaio’s sweeps or maybe give him directions to mr conyers office where he can read the iotas of evidence for himself.

  4. Comment by AZJustice21 on March 17, 2009 2:59 pm

    Great observation!

  5. Comment by mherlihy on March 17, 2009 7:04 pm

    Haha this is laughable. And I think that larger point is dubious at best. It is not like the African-American community and Latino community have always gotten along..

    Also, in response to Franks, I can think of a few iotas, maybe the segregated jails or the dangerous storming of public facilities (ie Mesa) without informing city officials.

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