Let's just throw the entire state of Arizona into the slammer. And not just the old school mobsters, dicey arms salesmen and jaywalkers -- all 6.6 million residents should be put away in a safe place until we sort out what kind of ongoing criminal thought enterprise they've got happening there.
The strict new illegal immigration bill signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last week has everyone in so much of a lather you may not even be able to import good vibes from Sedona if people like SF Supervisor David Campos get their way. Mr. Campos, who has his own impressive narrative as a former undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, has called for a boycott of Arizona by the city of San Francisco.
He's not quite sure what that means (maybe we'll find out tomorrow when he introduces legislation at tomorrow's board of Supervisors meeting), but he's sure he means it.
"I think, from time to time, there must be conferences [in Arizona] that city employees attend," Campos told SF Weekly. "The city and county of San Francisco should have nothing to do with the state of Arizona."
And City Attorney Dennis Herrera is sure, too, that there's something official we need to be doing about this. In a press release, Herrera said he is "fully committed to work with San Francisco city departments and commissions to identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible."
It's not just San Francisco that's up in arms; Cardinal Roger Mahony called the new law "Nazism."
So, is refusing to attend conferences enough? How about immediately creating a demilitarized or Gaza Strip-like zone in the space where our state touches theirs?
All jokes aside, is ostracizing Arizona the best way to go? What other state since the Civil War has been threatened with a total boycott?
Maybe people's brains are a little fried because it's just so damn hot in Arizona, even if you're staying at the Scottsdale Four Seasons for Giants training camp.
But how would we feel if Texas had boycotted California when Arnold signed the stem-cell research bill in 2004? How could all those Hollywood cowboys have lived without their imported Lucchese boots, or Lone Star oil for those Lamborghinis?
In our great rush to protest potential discrimination, we should be careful that we don't discriminate ourselves. Since Arizona is about 58 percent white, could we be guilty of reverse discrimination if our boycott affects some of those people who may not support their new law? Or how about the 30 percent of Arizonans who are Hispanic? It seems likely that banning SF-to-Arizona business and the reverse could end up hurting not Gov. Brewer -- the evil signatory -- but, instead, innocent folks just trying to get by.
At a minimum, let's do some kind of human environmental impact report before we rush to indict.