This editorial first appeared in the December 20 issue of La Voz, before the Kentucky state Senate formally passed SB 6.
To speak plainly, the initiative by the Republican party and their state senators to introduce in Kentucky a law similar to Arizona’s is racist in origin, intention and in intended effect.
We feel certain that the real motivation of this initiative is fundamentally based on feelings of racism and opportunism. Racist, because there do not exist any economic or demographic reasons to justify the implementation of policies that focus on the racial identity of their future victims.
Kentucky is not experiencing a massive immigration that is deteriorating the quality of life in the Bluegrass. Any deterioration has been the cause of larger economic forces. In fact, Kentucky only considers two percent of its population to be immigrants and of that two percent 34 percent naturalized by 2008.
The pride felt by the ultra-right sector of the population has so increased their greed for power that they have overlooked the need for any political responsibility on the part of the Republicans in assuring the economic well being of the state and the future.
So blinded are these individuals by the ignorance created by this type of racism that they fail to see that passage of a law of this kind would mean an economic loss of 30 million dollars in sales tax per year, a loss of 1.7 billion dollars annually in the economy, 756.8 million dollars in gross internal product revenue and the loss of approximately 12,059 jobs, according to the Perryman Group.
We wonder, where is this group of irresponsible politicians going to get the 2.1 billion dollars that Latinos generated for the economy in 2009?
There’s been enough right-wing populist rhetoric. There’s been enough taking aim at the dignity of other human beings and at the Constitution. There’s been enough intolerance and racism (which is the only thing you can call this). There’s been enough uncontrolled hate turned into violence. There’s been enough deterioration of the intrinsic societal values of the United States.
It’s time to say: Enough!
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