Viktor Kerney

The Top 5 Civil Rights Faux Pas in Arizona

Filed By Viktor Kerney | February 25, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, civil rights, Jan Brewer, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day, racism, SB1062, SB1070

shamearizona.jpgArizona's SB 1062 has drawn a lot of negative attention to the southwestern state. If approved, this law will give businesses and individuals the ability to discriminate against others for religious reasons.

However, this is not Arizona's first time at the rodeo. They have a messy history when it comes to issues of civil rights.

Here are five of the worst examples:

5.) Governor Jan Brewer

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington calls Brewer one of the "Worst Governors in America," and for good reason. Jan made a name for herself by signing SB 1070 into law and wagging her finger at President Obama.

She also isn't a fan of the LGBT community, fighting against marriage equality and domestic-partner benefits.

4.) Arizona State University

Besides being known as one of the nation's biggest party schools, they have also made some stupid mistakes, like denying President Obama an honorary degree for speaking at the 2009 commencement. They claimed that "his body of work is yet to come." However, they awarded honorary degrees to newspaper publishers, big-money donors, and a successful movie director.

Then this year, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity posted pictures of a racist party on Instagram in "celebration" of MLK Day.

3.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Where do I start? Racial profiling, misusing funds, humiliating prisoners, Tent City, and investigating President Barack Obama's birth certificate -- this man is just rotten! How he's avoided being arrested himself is a still mystery.

Numbers 2 and 1 are after the jump.

2.) SB 1070

This bill was another messy event that caught national attention. It gave police a wide authority to question and detain 'suspected' (key word) illegal immigrants.

Once the bill was signed into law, the stuff really hit the fan. Protests erupted, celebrities spoke out, and President Obama got involved. SB 1070 sent a clear message about Arizonans' negative feelings on immigration and brought significant shame on the state.

1.) MLK Day

In 1987 and 1990, Arizona made national news over Martin Luther King Day. In January 1987, Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded the executive order by his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Babbitt, who made MLK day a holiday.

Then in a 1990 referendum, Arizonans voted against making MLK Day a holiday. That move pissed off the NFL and they retaliated by moving Super Bowl XXVII from Arizona to California.


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