Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce's Racism "Discovered" by Arizona's Media

See also: ACLU Seeks New Injunction on "Papers Please" Portion of SB 1070 
See also: Russell Pearce Preaches Hate on Ban Amnesty Now Radio Show

Color me bemused by the local media's recent "discovery" that former state Senate President Russell Pearce is a class-A bigot.

The Arizona press' come-to-Jesus moment is based on recent filings by the American Civil Liberties Union, part of its motion asking a federal judge to re-enjoin Senate Bill 1070's section 2(b), the law's so-called "papers please" portion.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted Judge Susan R. Bolton's injunction on 2(b), stating that the provision, which requires cops to investigate immigration status during a stop if there's "reasonable suspicion" to believe someone is illegal, is not preempted by federal immigration law.

As I reported Tuesday, the ACLU has gone back to Judge Bolton in its SB 1070 lawsuit Valle del Sol v. Whiting, asking for 2(b) to be enjoined again on the grounds that it violates provisions of the Fourth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU offers statements and e-mails from Pearce and others in the motion as "circumstantial evidence of discriminatory intent" in making 1070 law, demonstrating that, "racial and national origin discrimination was a motivating factor for the enactment of S.B. 1070."

Reading the ACLU motion, I often felt I had a hand in writing it, albeit indirectly. The filing references Feathered Bastard blog items four times, which I admit is somewhat gratifying, seeing that I've been screaming my head off about Pearce's bigotry for years, often while my colleagues in the media looked the other way.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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