As he labeled Arizona’s new immigration law “racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust,” Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wondered why tea partiers aren’t up in arms. “It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the tea partiers into apoplexy,” Robinson wrote. “Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?”
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