Arizona voters approved Proposition 107 during Tuesday’s election. By approving Prop. 107, Arizona joins Michigan, Nebraska, Washington, and California in banning “affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to or discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.”
Arizona voters and legislators recently signaled to the nation their increasingly exclusionary sentiment toward people of color as they passed the bill which “orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally,” CNN reported.
It should come as no surprise then that Arizona moved to squash Affirmative Action programs. The cause of the state’s recent moves on minorities could be the first signs of politics in anticipation of new Republican leadership in 2011. With Jan Brewer, who garnered approval from voters earlier this year after signing a tough immigration law, at the helm as Governor, and solid Republican Congressional representation, Arizona will likely become a stronghold for uber-conservative ideology.
Regardless of political motivations or its divisive electorate, Arizona seems to be gaining ground on the historical ideologies of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama with repect to policies that impact minority communities.