Thursday, June 10, 2010

Frito Bandito

My undergraduate thesis advisor is most likely right when he "supposes, because this image played such a large role in the televisual upbringing of the architects of Senate Bill 1070, it is the only one they can conjure."

Some context: Arizona recently passed a law (in effect on July 29th) making it a crime if a person is not carrying immigration documents and they are suspected to be an illegal immigrant. The NY Times sums it up better than I can do:

"The law, which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status."

Next week I'm on my way out to the state responsible for potentially setting a trend in border state laws. Zack de la Rocha started a boycott in AZ, discouraging other musicians from performing in the state until successful legal action against the bill takes place. So far, however, no legal attacks against it have been successful... both sides of the argument seem to believe the other side is acting unconstitutionally.

Anyway, I thought the video was interesting seeing, as my professor points out, that the commercial aired while the people who made the law were growing up....