Bordering on Revolution

A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.

There was a common warning in her home: "Beware of the blue-eyes."

Alonzo says her family and their friends feared deportation, even after they were living here legally.

"They didn't want to draw attention to themselves."

Anti–Senate Bill 1070 protesters take to the streets of Phoenix in April 2012.
William Westfall
Anti–Senate Bill 1070 protesters take to the streets of Phoenix in April 2012.
Arizona governor Jan Brewer signing SB 1070
William Westfall
Arizona governor Jan Brewer signing SB 1070

That's done and gone.

In Arizona, thousands have taken to the street in protest against SB 1070. Abuelas are joined by kids without papers. Together, they commit civil disobedience and force arrests.

The Supreme Court doesn't grasp that its decision is not the final word on the subject.

Media everywhere erupted with the recent news that whites now account for a minority of births in America for the first time. Latinos have the highest fertility rate and are already the largest minority.

"If (reform) doesn't happen as part of a revolution," Alonzo says, "the sheer numbers will eventually force change."

See that little roly-poly, hija rock 'n' rolly, wearing pull-ups, sporting earrings, and sitting on her mama's lap?

She is your future.

Michael Lacey is the executive editor of Village Voice Media.

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