Arizona lawmaker proposes holiday for white people...really

Arizona have officially gone crazy.  First, there was Governor Jan Brewer’s infamous “finger-wagging” debacle with President Obama. Then, came Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” who is now being investigated after him and his department were accused of racially profiling Latinos. Now, there is lawmaker Cecil Ash, who stood in front of legislature and suggested creating a new holiday –one that celebrates white people.

The idea apparently originated  after Ash heard Hispanic state Rep. Richard Miranda’s proposal for a Latino American Day. 


Shortly after Miranda’s pitch, Ash stepped onto the floor, proclaiming, "I'm supportive of this proposition and I think it's well deserved. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you'll have a day for us."

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The House’s response? Laughter. And justly so, I would say. I mean, how else can you possibly respond to that?

Still, the suggestion caused mixed reactions both in and out of state. One Arizona resident told CBS that she agreed with Ash’s proposal, saying, “Like they have Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans, we need something for whites."

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This comes on the heels of the Twitter flare-up that took place recently, when many tweeters showed their disdain for Black History month, calling it racist and asking why there was no “White History Month.”

When first reading this, I didn’t even know how to react. I instinctively thought (and hoped) it was a joke. How people manage to take educational, enlightening holidays that have helped equalize and boost minority representation and twist their purpose is completely beyond me. People, you want to know why White History Month doesn’t exist? Because it already serves as the focus for the majority of school texbooks and lesson plans across America!  That’s not to say that other cultures aren’t taught, but that they have definitely been underrepresented in the past and still remain so in many places today. In fact, Arizona lawmakers can clearly benefit from a good cultural lesson or two...or ten.

What do you think of Ash’s proposal? Do you agree or disagree?   

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