At a time when Arizona laws and law enforcement officials are under immense scrutiny for how they treat the state’s minority (primarily Latino) population, Republican State Rep. Cecil Ash did nothing to help change the negative image of his state.
Last week on the legislative floor, Democratic State Rep. Richard Miranda proposed a Latin American day for state of Arizona, to which Rep. Ash responded, “I’m supportive of this proposition ... I just want them to assure me that when we (Caucasians) become the minority you’ll have a day for us.
Ash’s comment made a lot of people angry, and he spoke with a local CBS affiliate to “clarify” what he meant. However, he did not manage to make his comments sound any less offensive.
When asked by CBS5 if he meant that there should be a holiday for white people, he “clarified” that, yes, he thinks there should be.
I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way.
Ash’s comments come shortly after Tucson-area schools were told that ethnic studies programs like Mexican-American studies were no longer to be taught, as officials believed the programs promoted resentment towards “a certain ethnic group.”