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I hasten to add that this will also work in areas (such as Bellevue, WA) where black drivers are targetted for traffic stops without cause and harassed.

So what is my great idea?

Every white peerson should buy a mask that fits over your entire head that depicts a Latino/Hispanic person. Say a famous one like Fidel or Che, or the Cisco Kid, or Juan Peron, or for that matter someone dark enough such as a famous Italian or Greek, and go driving. When the cops signal you to pull over, do so, and then surreptitiously tug the mask off and drop it under your feet.

For DWB (driving while black) targetted zones, get an Obama mask, or maybe MLK.

This will occupy the anti-immigration cops by taking up all their time, making them fill out endless reams of paperwork stating, "Thought a Mexican was driving, turned out to be mistaken."

Eventually they'll get so fed up with the whole thing they'll quit doing it. Law or no law, if they don't enforce it, who cares?

Originally posted to ceratotherium on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    The GOP: A wholly owned subsidary of Corporate America.

    by ceratotherium on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:21:01 PM PDT

  •  Sure ... (3+ / 0-)
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    sheddhead, duckhunter, psilocynic

    Thought a Mexican was driving, turned out to be mistaken. It was just some dipshit who was driving around with a mask on. I tuned him up and have got him in the back seat with several charges. Let's see if he does that again.

  •  I'm an infamous Greek. (3+ / 0-)
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    sheddhead, duckhunter, beltane

    But I don't really want to get arrested. And I think it's against the law to drive while wearing a mask.

    •  And given the warnings (5+ / 0-)

      kids are given about crossing the street while wearing a mask, why would anyone consider driving machinery while wearing one - and not only risk injuring themselves, but others on the road as well?

      I am not for anything - including this law - that redirects law enforcement personnel on wild goose chases.  

      "The joy of activity is the activity itself, not some arbitrary goal which, if not achieved, steals the joy." ~John "the Penguin" Bingham

      by sheddhead on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:36:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  greek? (1+ / 0-)
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      You don't need a mask. You'd probably get stopped in Arizona sans mask, as you sure would look like a Mexican to the rednecks.

      Same with the Irish. If you speak with a brogue, you better not hang out at Irish pubs under orange and green flags, watching soccer and drinking warm beer. And if the authorities don't bust the Irish -- after all just in Phoenix the INS should have an estimate of thousands of illegal Irish -- they'll get sued for it.  

      "There's no housing bubble..." - Fed Chief Ben Bernanke, 10/27/2005

      by chuco35 on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:51:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Will this work as well (0+ / 0-)

    As the backface makeup intitiative of 1965?

    Progressive -> Progress; Conservative -> Con

    by nightsweat on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:33:16 PM PDT

  •  I really can't decide if (9+ / 0-)

    I should be serious in a response to this idea, or if I should just mock it, so instead I'll just tell a joke:

    0 to 200 in 6 seconds
    Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was
    really pissed.

    She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the
    driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

    The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke
    up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box
    gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

    Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought
    the box back in the house.

    She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

    Bob has been missing since Friday.

    A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. --Muhammad Ali

    by TheBlaz on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:46:50 PM PDT

  •  Black Like Me (1+ / 0-)
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    J Brunner Fan

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:50:07 PM PDT

  •  Commercial: (2+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, duckhunter

    Two hunters in deer costumes. One says

    "Wow! I wonder why nobody ELSE ever thought of this!"

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:51:28 PM PDT

  •  Someone here in AZ has actually done that... (1+ / 0-)
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    J Brunner Fan

    but he was doing it to violate the photo enforcement laws around here. In the last couple of years the state has placed photo enforcement cameras on the freeway and highways. So this person was putting on a gorilla mask and deliberately triggering the cameras.

    I suggest we use what Linda Greenhouse suggested by changing the phrase to "I may be undocumented".

    Maybe someone can sell the buttons to support Netroots Nation.

    BTW, many Zonies are so upset about their right to speed that they to the streets a few months ago to protest the photo enforcement on the highways.

    •  I'd be remiss (0+ / 0-)

      if I didn't mention that one of the technicians for the company providing the Photo Enforcement services was actually murdered over the crazies... umm, citizens right to speed.

      Widow Blames Arizona for Husband's Death

          Jean Georgianni says the State of Arizona put her late husband, Doug, in the DPS van despite knowing of "the danger to occupants of the photo radar vehicles."
          Doug Georgianni was working for Redflex Traffic Systems when he was shot to death by Thomas P. Destories on April 19, 2009 as he worked in the DPS-owned photo radar van, his widow says.
          Destories allegedly pulled up in a Chevy Suburban next to the van "and fired several shots into the vehicle with a high caliber handgun," striking Georgianni three times.

  •  A nice coating of makeup should do... (0+ / 0-)

    ... and you certainly don't have to make it look like blackface. Anyone with dark brown to black hair could do this.

    I'm Jewish, and I have a cousin who is very dark. He used to get pulled over regularly for DWB because he was a dark white Jewish guy. Never ever got a ticket, though. His last name was Jewish-sounding so he just got pulled over and harassed - typical for DWB.

    When you're younger, it's "Girls Gone Wild." When you're older, it's "eyebrow hairs gone wild." There's something fundamentally unfair about this.

    by SciMathGuy on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 01:44:45 PM PDT

  •  Carotene Suntan Stain Profits SOAR in Arizona! (0+ / 0-)

    Now you too can look like Shitstain Boner and go directly to jail for it if you don't have your birth certificate with you.

    What about all of those undocumented (ILLEGAL) aliens who are Canadian, Irish, etc.?  Will they be targetted because of their pale skin and foreign accents?

    Arizona Senator John McCain wasn't born in the United States so his birth certificate could send him to jail.  Ironic.

  •  No mask required (0+ / 0-)

    Under SB1070 you just have to call and say you suspect illegal immigrant activity at location X. The law enforcement agencies must investigate under threat of litigation - the bill has provisions that state any citizen of the state can sue any state agency for failure to adequately investigate any suspicious illegal activity.

    SB1070 makes investigation of illegal immigrants the only "crime" that law enforcement can be sued over if any citizen feels they are not adequately enforcing the law. This means they'll have to investigate everything for fear of suit.

    Next, someone with deep pockets or a law degree ought to bring suit against various agencies for failure to investigate illegal Canadian immigration to Arizona (which does occur with some regularity here).

  •  Mask--stupid idea (0+ / 0-)

    What we really need are several hundred brown skinned U.S. citizens with several days to spare.

    Ask an Arizona law enforcement officer for directions to a free food source, or day labor site, or directions to la migra; maybe put on an East L.A. accent.  Or litter a gum wrapper at his feet.  Carry only the I.D. the law requires...drivers license if driving, no I.D. otherwise.

    Get arrested.  Spend a couple of days in their expensive-to-run jail.  When your citizenship is proven to their satisfaction, file a federal civil rights law suit against the state.

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