Arizona – America’s Rhodesia?
Arizona has come to me to look more and more like the country of Rhodesia, that failed state that was once a British colony, then declared unilateral independence in 1965 under Ian Smith. Arizona seems to me to now be largely ruled by some white people who are on the extreme as far as xenophobia and racism, and religiosity are concerned, and they exist on the border region of the white – non-white world like Rhodesia did. The question now is where is Arizona’s Ian Smith and when will they declare independence and form their little white racist apartheid state? Here is a refresher on Rhodesia (nowadays Zimbabwe) from Wikipedia and a key demographic fact about Arizona:
“Arizona is projected to become a minority-majority state by the year 2015 if current population growth trends continue. In 2003, for the first time, there were slightly more births to Hispanics in the state than births to non-Hispanic whites. Since then, the gap has widened. In 2007, Hispanics accounted for 45% of all newborns whereas non- Hispanic whites accounted for 41% of all births.”
“Rhodesia (pronounced /roʊˈdiːʒə/), officially the Republic of Rhodesia from 1970, was an unrecognised state located in southern Africa that existed between 1965 and 1979 following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom on 11 November 1965. With its government based at the former colonial capital of Salisbury, its territory consisted of the former British colony of Southern Rhodesia. The state was named after Cecil John Rhodes, whose British South Africa Company acquired the land in the 19th century.
The landlocked country bordered South Africa to the south, Botswana (post-1966) to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique (a Portuguese territory until 1975) to the east. The state was governed by a predominantly white minority government until 1979, initially as a self-governing colony then, after the Unilateral Declaration of Independence as a self-proclaimed sovereign Dominion and latterly a Republic.”
“ In December 1967 Barry Goldwater, Senator from Arizona and Republican candidate for the 1964 presidential election, praised Smith in an interview with Harvey Ward in Salisbury, saying, “We need more men like Ian Smith, I think, in the world today. We have too few leaders and I’d like to see him multiplied a little bit, and spread around.”“
“After taking office, Smith announced his proposed policies in full page advertisements in Rhodesian newspapers: “No forced integration. No lowering of standards. No abdication of responsible government. No repeal of the Land Appropriation Act. No appeasement to suit the Afro-Asian bloc.” He was staunchly opposed to the British government’s insistence (see NIBMAR) that Rhodesia introduce majority rule before independence. Three days after becoming Prime Minister, Smith announced there would be no plans to bring Rhodesia under “black majority rule” in his lifetime, later adding “or [in my] children’s [lifetime]“.”