There’s been a lot of national talk about this new law in Arizona that pretty much allows for racial profiling in order to “catch” people who are in our country through undocumented means. And even though the media loves to latch onto the haters who support this bill, I believe the majority of Arizonaians (?) don’t support the bill. It seems everyone wants to talk about it and how it will impact our daily life.
I’m not saying that no one here supports the bill because yes, there are many fuckheads who do, but that little white lie about “70% of the state supports SB1070” is a bunch of bullshit. Wanna know where they got that number? A Rasmussen poll. A Rasmussen landline phone poll of 500 Arizona citizens. A Rasmussen poll that showed that 70% of the 500 citizens polled through their landline phone support the bill. Who the fuck has a landline phone these days? Old racists.
There are around 6 MILLION documented people living in the state of Arizona. 500 people (of whom only 70% agree) do not represent six million. 70% of 500 is 350 people. 350 people in support of the bill out of 6 million is less than 1%. Less than 1% of the state’s population are in support of the bill according to the Rasmussen poll. Perhaps the percent in support is higher but we won’t know until a better survey has been performed. So don’t believe the hype. That’s like a dude saying his cock is 8 inches of love and in truth, he’s only 1% not lying. More cock, less talk. Math is power.
Anyways this issue is more complicated than a 1% Rasmussen poll. Arizona is (was?) a great place to live. The landscape is beautiful, the culture is an amazing mix of hispanic, white, black, and native people’s foods, traditions, history and art, and the people are friendly. Yeah that’s positive glossing over some of our negative aspects (the kokopelli, rampant racism, poverty, environmental destruction, Mormons, and, at least in Phoenix, historical and architectural apathy) but every state has shit they have to deal with. Arizona directly benefits from Mexican and Latin American immigration (legal or illegal) on many, many levels and as a citizen of this great state, I hate to see our laws (which we did not vote on) treat our southern sisters and brothers as less than human.
So, as a tribute to the importance of the great cultural exchange that is happening in Arizona and across the United States, PoolBoy brings you:
Ok she’s only numero 7 because her work is plastered on every refashioned cigar box and beaded curtain from Puerto Peñasco to Providence but Kahlo’s work is truly amazing and her contribution to modern art cannot be disputed.
Her work can be seen in museums around the world and she inspired a whole new contemporary art movement in Mexico known as Neomexicanismo which brought artists like Abraham Ángel, Ángel Zárraga, and Jesús Helguera to the world.
8. Mexican Models
Hey America, Tequila ain’t just for spring break downs (I wanna see some balls!)
This fine liquor is the western hemisphere’s version of Champagne. You can only call it Tequila if it’s made from the blue agave of the Tequila region of Jalisco Mexico. Shitty tequila will result in you having to hose off your shitfaced friend in your driveway after she barfs all over herself. Good tequila requires sipping and will taste smokey and light with earthy tinges of the blue agave plant (yeah i just wrote that). Tequila is a distant relative of the ancient Aztec liquor, Octli, and is North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit. Natch.
ok so i just lumped an entire country’s music together since it’s the last on our list. I do it dirty like that.
Mexico has got some great music. Mariachi, Cumbia (fuck i love cumbias), Norteño and Bolero are some traditional Mexican musical genres. Check out cool bands like Nortec Collective, Manu Chao, Mexican Institute of Sound, Pacha Massive, and Chikita Violenta for some sweet Mexican sounds.
That’s it. That’s our list. Sure we could have put burritos, beaches, and piñatas on our list but, here at the PoolBoy Institute, hot dudes, revolutionaries, history, music, art and tequila are more our style.