This story is about an event that took place today, Monday September 13, 2010. I just heard this story on my afternoon jog, via my local radio host Mike Broomhead, but thought it was worth sharing.
From The Phoenix Business Journal:
Phoenix College is celebrating its 90th anniversary Sept. 13, but highly celebrated alumna Stella Pope Duarte will be nowhere to be seen.
The Valley author and Phoenix College adjunct professor was scheduled to speak at the celebration until she heard Gov. Jan Brewer — who signed Senate Bill 1070 into law earlier this year — also would be there.
“By far, Jan Brewer has shown herself to be the most unreasonable and racist governor in our country, and her discriminatory policies echo the type of prejudice that took place during the lynchings and brutality suffered by African Americans in the South,” Duarte said. “I have known families who have suffered gravely due to the policies she has so easily signed into law.”
Paul Senseman, the governor’s spokesman, said Brewer is grateful for the invitation from Phoenix College to commemorate its milestone.
I am not personally offended... in fact, I find it laughable that this woman made the statement she made. The very idea that she is comparing Arizona SB 1070 to Jim Crow laws, Klan lynchings, and any other truly racist actions is quite simply outlandish.
I'm guessing that nobody missed Ms. Duarte's presence. My statement is nothing personal, mind you; most of these events have so many guest speakers it's difficult to hold your eyelids open without toothpicks anyway.
Nonetheless, outside of what little publicity she's getting from people like AM radio and bloggers like me, she's kind of like that tree falling in the woods.
I invite anyone interested to contact Ms. Duarte here, and let her know how you feel about her statements.