Arizona Senate Bill 1070 criminalizes Mexicans

Cops will have to ask brown people for their papers

There was a common warning in her home: "Beware of the blue-eyes."

Alonzo says her family and their friends feared deportation, even after they were living here legally.

"They didn't want to draw attention to themselves."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signing SB 1070 into law
Stephen Lemons
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signing SB 1070 into law

That's done and gone.

In Arizona thousands have taken to the street in protest against SB 1070. Abuelas are joined by kids without papers. Together they commit civil disobedience and force arrests.

The Supreme Court doesn't grasp that its decision is not the final word on the subject.

Media everywhere erupted with the recent news that whites now account for a minority of births in America for the first time. Latinos have the highest fertility rate and are already the largest minority.

"If [reform] doesn't happen as part of a revolution," says Alonzo, "the sheer numbers will eventually force change."

See that little roly-poly, hija rock 'n' rolly, wearing pull-ups, sporting earrings, and sitting on her mama's lap?

She is your future.

Michael Lacey is the executive editor of Village Voice Media.

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