SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, created legislation that allowed for anti-LatinX racial profiling, xenophobia, and outright police violence.
In this spoken word poem, Ela Barton explores the motivation behind Arizona’s policy makers creating such a law and its citizens voting it into action. She suggests that the hateful sentiment is a response to people of color working for themselves and generating inter-community resources, as opposed to subordinately working for white people in positions of power.
These laws are a violent reclamation for hegemonic power, a form of legislative oppression, a continuation of colonization’s vicious legacy, and an effort to protect and sustain white privilege.
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Please read the following Everyday Feminism articles to learn more about anti-immigrant oppression:
- Why Immigration Is a Feminist Issue
- Wanna Get Involved in the Coming Immigration Reform Fight? Here’s How
- Immigration Reform Is a Queer and Trans* Human Rights Issue
Ela Barton is a queer poet and artist living in Seattle, Washington. She is the 2007 Bainbridge Island Poetry Slam Champion, a four-time finalist of the Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam (2009,2010, 2011, 2012) and the first woman to win Jack McCarthy’s Evergreen Invitational (2011). She is the current co-slammaster & founder of the Rain City Poetry Slam and adapted the concept of Vancouver’s “Mashed Poetics” to create a similar monthly, music inspired, poetry show, Liner Notes. Please follow her on twitter @Ela_Vader.