I think George Will is trying to be clever here, but it really just comes off as incredibly obtuse and not a little bit racist:

Non-Hispanic Arizonans of all sorts live congenially with all sorts of persons of Hispanic descent. These include some whose ancestors got to Arizona before statehood — some even before it was a territory. They were in America before most Americans’ ancestors arrived. Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.

So, if I have this right, the real racists aren’t the Arizonans who decided on state-wide racial profiling as the solution to the immigration problem; they know plenty of Hispanics and thus can’t be racist! No, the real racists are the (presumably pointy-headed) liberals who don’t even really know Hispanics, aside from the ones that plant their flowers and wash their dishes. Since, I mean, that’s pretty much the only you’d ever see them, right?

Now is also a good time to note that Will resides in Chevy Chase, MD, which at last count had a Latino population of 3.4 percent. Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with Will’s strangely limited view of Latinos. Nothing at all.

Jamelle Bouie

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