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  • Thursday, May 06, 2010

    Phoenix Suns Do the Right Thing!

    While Arizona Republicans are embracing racism and admiring KKK leaders, many in Arizona are doing the right thing and coming out against the recent racist Arizona laws. In particular, the Phoenix Suns basketball team, with the approval of the NBA, came out solidly against the racist Arizona laws and in support of Latinos. From Bright Side Of The Sun:

    In an extremely bold move, the Phoenix Suns as an organization made a strong political statement in opposition to the recent Arizona immigration bill....

    "I think the law is very misguided. I think it is unfortunately to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties and I think it is very important for us to stand up for things we believe in," Nash said of the bill. "I think the law obviously can target opportunities for racial profiling. Things we don't want to see and don't need to see in 2010."

    Amare Stoudemire and Alvin Gentry also expressed their support for the decision with more of a focus on supporting their neighbors. "It's going to be great to wear Los Suns to let the Latin community know we're behind them 100%," Stoudemire said...

    Steven Nash was well aware of the perception the recent bill created for Arizona and that seemed to play a role in his decision, "It doesn't feel good to have people around the world and around the country look at our state as less than equal, less than fair. As proud citizen of this state, I want us to be held be held in the highest esteem. I think we have a lot of great attributes and a lot of great people and I think we need to be very cautious in how we respect our civil liberties and the tone we're setting and the precedents we're setting moving forward."

    Way to go, Phoenix Suns! You're doing America proud.

    I also want to emphasize, that the Democratic Party of Arizona is fighting against the racism the Arizona Republicans are running on:

    Has Arizona gone nuts? From SB1070 to “birther” bills to banning ethnic studies in schools, the AZ GOP must be stopped! Help Arizona Democrats fight back against Gov. Brewer and extremist Republicans. Let's bring sanity back to Arizona this November!

    — Luis Heredia, Executive Director, Arizona Democratic Party

    The Arizona Democratic Party took an ad out on Daily Kos fundraising on the anti-racism theme. I donated $25 to fight Republican Racism in Arizona. Please join me in doing the same.


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