I don't think the people who crafted these laws will consciously admit the emotions motivating them. For that reason, I think it is counterproductive to accuse those who drafted these bills as being racists. They will simply deny it and continue with their agenda. Name-calling will only beget more of the same.
Instead, we should be focusing on the legal issues these laws raise. While we cannot know what is in the minds of those who created these laws, we can evaluate their effects. There is little doubt SB1070 will be overturned by higher courts. Quite simply, it violates numerous federal civil rights statutes. In other words, the effect of SB1070 will be racial discrimination, regardless of the authors’ intent. That’s where our protests should be focused.
Let's unite in opposing these laws. I support a boycott of Arizona until SB1070 is repealed. But let's oppose these laws without labeling those who created them as "evil." In my mind, they are simply people afraid of an inevitable change in their world. We will do little to win them over if we brand them as bad guys. Most who support these laws are decent people doing the wrong thing out of fear. Let's resist the urge to demonize -- precisely because that is what they are doing to us.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez