Arizona has got a national PR fiasco of epic proportions in its hands. The state government’s passage of what is widely considered a racist Latino profiling law is causing some weird but not fully unwarranted repercussions. Arizona is almost being treated like another country as major metropolitan cities across the country call for what looks like an unprecedented embargo – and not just economic boycott – against it. It’s an interesting move that will be very controversial and may even inadvertently hurt Latino businesses.
What do you think about this latest story from the Los Angeles Times?
Villaraigosa backs L.A. boycott of Arizona over immigration crackdown
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he supports a boycott of Arizona by the city of Los Angeles, and he called that state’s newly passed immigration law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”
“No person should be treated differently in the eyes of the law,” he said at a news conference.
The mayor said boycotts have worked in the past and cited the city’s divestiture from South Africa in the 1980s to protest apartheid.
Villaraigosa is the latest of a growing a number of elected officials who have called for boycotts against Arizona in the wake of its new immigration rules. Click here to read the full story.