Uganda and Arizona? We're Comin' Fo' Ya!
by Saab Lofton
"While the wicked stand confounded, call me with thy saints surrounded."
--The Boondock Saints
Don't get it twisted: The homophobes behind Uganda's anti-gay legislation are NOT equal to the white supremacists behind Arizona's anti-Latin legislation. Sure, they're both ignorant as pig shit, but whites are FAR more powerful than blacks, as I explained in the following commentary years ago ...
... case in point: Superstar actress Cameron Diaz is one of the finest white women I've ever seen, but if you blink, you'll miss that Latin last name; her father, Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), was Cuban. And the odds of someone with Cameron Diaz's pale skin, blond hair and blue eyes falling prey to Arizona's SB 1070 are so fucking remote that it's not worth mentioning, so don't bother. Therefore, despite claims to the contrary, there's NO way one can enforce SB 1070 without engaging in racial profiling.That, ladies and gentlemen, is white skin privilege -- and in real life, it's as close to Superman's invulnerability as you're going to get short of a Kevlar vest.
Having said that, both Uganda and Arizona are now isolated from the rest of the civilized world, as well their bigoted asses should be. Both Uganda and Arizona has been the subject of protests and boycotts and it's a beautiful thing to see so many people take a stand against African homophobia and American xenophobia. Makes me proud to be an Earthling!
According to Pink News, the largest gay news service in Europe, "The United Nations called on Uganda to scrap a bill which could execute and imprison gay people. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for Human rights, said [circa January 15, 2010] that the proposed legislation was 'draconian' and 'blatantly discriminatory.' Pillay reminded Uganda of its Human rights obligations and said the bill would 'seriously damage the country's reputation in the international arena.' She said: 'It is extraordinary to find legislation like this being proposed more than 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- as well as many subsequent international laws and standards -- made it clear this type of discrimination is unacceptable.'"
In other words, it's Uganda versus the rest of the planet -- guess who gonna beat who's ass in the long term?
And according to the newspaper Workers World, "As the Boycott Arizona movement continues to resonate throughout the U.S. in response to the racist, anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070, sports world figures are taking a unique and progressive stand. On May 5 -- recognized as Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday -- the National Basketball Association team the Phoenix Suns decided to show their opposition to the racist bill by wearing jerseys emblazoned with Los Suns. The players wore the jerseys during a semifinal Western Conference playoff game with the San Antonio Spurs in Phoenix ... Chris Webber [former N.B.A. Rookie of the Year and five-time N.B.A. All-Star] chimed in: 'Public Enemy said it a long time ago -- By the Time I Get to Arizona. I'm not surprised. They didn't even want there to be a Martin Luther King Day when John McCain was in office. So if you follow history you know that this is part of Arizona politics.'"
Ultimately, everything is under public control and the bigots of Uganda and Arizona are going to find that out the hard way as time goes by. Sure, they'll resist, but it's as Richard Nixon said in his memoirs, "although publicly I continued to ignore the raging anti-war controversy … I knew, however, that after all the protests and the Moratorium [the nationwide protests of October 1969] American public opinion would be seriously divided by any military escalation of the war."
For those of you who still don't get it, go to the dictionary and look up the word solidarity ...
unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards
... as of this writing, I'm in Seattle, which is 1,500 miles away from Arizona and over seven thousand miles away from Uganda, but we're all members of the Human race and should act accordingly. It really cracks me up when motherfuckers wonder why I'm so concerned with the aforementioned, but that's because Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was never taken seriously; at the end of its uncut version, there's this key scene, when Superman first says ...
"Our planet is still young. There are galaxies around us with other civilizations to meet and learn from. A community of planets for us to join. What a brilliant future we can have. But there will only be peace when the people want it so badly, their governments will have no choice but to give it to them. I wish you could all see the Earth as I see it."
... and then proceeds to fly someone around the world so we the people can in fact see our world the way history's most popular character does ...
SUPERMAN: Jeremy, I need you to tell the people of the world what you see.
JEREMY: I'll try ...
JEREMY'S P.O.V. -- THE EARTH
As they pass over the continents.
JEREMY: Well ... I see the ocean currents ... and the rain ... and mountains and
SUPERMAN: Go on ...
JEREMY: But you can't tell where one country begins and another ends. You can't see any borders. It's just ... one world.
SUPERMAN: Good. If you can see it, and I can see it, maybe some day everyone will see it.
The day Superman spoke of -- when everyone will see the world without any borders--better come sooner rather than later, for all our sakes. And if any of these teabagging libertarians "think" (note the quotes) that such a day will herald the New World Order, each and every last one of those assholes can choke on the sweat from my balls. Yes, it's like that. One last thing ...
"The regressive bias of the corporate media is starkly revealed by the coverage, and the non-coverage, of the public demonstrations of last month. When a couple of thousand tea-party or gun-rights enthusiasts show up on the Mall in Washington, or across the Potomac in Virginia, the mainstream media is there to cover them en masse. But when up to ten thousand protesters gather on Wall Street, or fifty thousand jam downtown Los Angeles to protest the Arizona 'show your papers' law, these events might just as well have taken place on the far side of the moon."
... to quote Notorious B.I.G., "if you don't know, now you know."