Russell Pearce's Racism "Discovered" by Arizona's Media

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Sand Land's fourth estate finally figures out neo-Nazi hugger Russell Pearce is a racist, with a little help from the ACLU
See also: ACLU Seeks New Injunction on "Papers Please" Portion of SB 1070 
See also: Russell Pearce Preaches Hate on Ban Amnesty Now Radio Show

Color me bemused by the local media's recent "discovery" that former state Senate President Russell Pearce is a class-A bigot.

The Arizona press' come-to-Jesus moment is based on recent filings by the American Civil Liberties Union, part of its motion asking a federal judge to re-enjoin Senate Bill 1070's section 2(b), the law's so-called "papers please" portion.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted Judge Susan R. Bolton's injunction on 2(b), stating that the provision, which requires cops to investigate immigration status during a stop if there's "reasonable suspicion" to believe someone is illegal, is not preempted by federal immigration law.

As I reported Tuesday, the ACLU has gone back to Judge Bolton in its SB 1070 lawsuit Valle del Sol v. Whiting, asking for 2(b) to be enjoined again on the grounds that it violates provisions of the Fourth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU offers statements and e-mails from Pearce and others in the motion as "circumstantial evidence of discriminatory intent" in making 1070 law, demonstrating that, "racial and national origin discrimination was a motivating factor for the enactment of S.B. 1070."

Reading the ACLU motion, I often felt I had a hand in writing it, albeit indirectly. The filing references Feathered Bastard blog items four times, which I admit is somewhat gratifying, seeing that I've been screaming my head off about Pearce's bigotry for years, often while my colleagues in the media looked the other way.

"During the legislative debates," the ACLU motion observes, "Senator Pearce and others routinely cited fabricated `statistics'--particularly about the alleged criminality of undocumented immigrants--to justify the need for S.B. 1070, though they knew that the data was misleading at best, and, in several instances, outright false."

Many of the lies mentioned are very familiar to me, as I've taken time to debunk them on more than one occasion. Indeed, it often infuriated me that so many local reporters would listen to Pearce's racist falsehoods without ever bothering to ask him the source for his assertions.

Take Pearce's insane prevarications that "60% of the homicides in Phoenix involve illegal aliens," and that "'67 percent' of law enforcement officers killed in 'the last few years' have been murdered by illegal aliens."

On the second lie, I remember calling Pearce out on that back in February 2010, during a House committee hearing on 1070.

Here's an excerpt from my blog post at the time:

Pearce stuck to his standard pack of baloney, repeating over and over such asinine phrases as "enough is enough," as well as how we needed to take the "handcuffs" off law enforcement. You know, so they can slap them on you that much quicker.

He dropped this one line about how "67 percent" of law enforcement officers killed in "the last few years" have been murdered by illegal aliens. After the committee voted his way, with two Dems voting, "no," and one cowardly Dem voting "present," I followed Pearce out and dogged him to the door of the Senate building.

I asked him where he got that stat. He could offer no source. I told him that without a source, readers would have to assume he made it up. He gave me an evil eye and said, "You're going to write your story without the truth."

Well, if I swallowed this 67 percent figure without questioning Pearce on it, I sure would be.

Pearce could not offer a source because there wasn't one. Same for the bogus "60% of the homicides in Phoenix involve illegal aliens," another oft-repeated canard, which I addressed in a blog post from April 2010.

Here's a section from that post:

Some other shibboleths uttered by Pearce on the show:

"9,000 Americans [are] killed every year at the hands of illegal aliens."

This oft-repeated bit of blarney originated with Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who supposedly "extrapolated" the information from a 2005 GAO report. Thing is, that statistic is nowhere in the GAO report itself, which discussed the number of criminal aliens in federal and state custody. The number of "9,000 Americans" murdered every year by criminal aliens is unsubstantiated.

"60 percent of the homicides in Phoenix involved illegal aliens."

As I've stated already, the FBI does not keep stats on a perp's immigration status, and the stats they do have come directly from agencies such as the Phoenix PD.

In 2008, the Phoenix PD cleared 51.8 percent of murders, the rest were left uncleared. How do you determine the immigration status of those involved in the remainder? By magic? Apparently Pearce has his own brand of hocus pocus.

"10 a day [coming across the U.S.-Mexico border] according to the Atlanta Science Foundation...are sexual predators."

The "Atlanta Science Foundation"? Google it, people. It doesn't come up. Nor does directory assistance have a listing for it.

He's probably referring to an independent criminal profiler in Atlanta by the name of Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, who has an LLC she calls the Violent Crimes Institute.

Among other services, on her Web site, she offers online classes on female serial killers for $1000. For $400, you can talk to the great lady herself for 30 minutes on any subject.

In a 2006 article titled, "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration," Schurman-Kauflin claimed that sex offenders make up "2 percent of illegals apprehended." She offered no precise source for this, just that, "When examining ICE reports and public records, it is consistent" to find this to be the case.

She concluded that, "This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders coming across U.S. borders illegally per day."

I guess if you buy a self-published, non-peer-reviewed analysis offered up by an "expert" who sells her services through PayPal, you can swallow this bunkum whole.

I've skewered Pearce's shibboleths on numerous occasions, providing links in all of my articles. It was my hope that others in the local media would begin to hold Pearce accountable.

However, the learning curve for my colleagues has been a long one. I remember when the Arizona Republic's fact check finally took up the "9,000 Americans a day" lie, but found it "inconclusive." I was sputtering in my soup that day.

I guess it's taken a legal filing in federal court to wake the local press out of their stupor, forcing it to realize what I have been saying over and over again, month after month, year after year: That Pearce is a lying bigot, and SB 1070 is a tool of ethnic cleansing.

Pearce's bigotry was not his alone. It was parroted by others, adopted wholesale by the Arizona Republican Party, and enshrined as official state policy by our political leaders, of whom Pearce was one.

For many years, even the state Democratic Party shrugged and looked the other way when brought face to face with the ugly, red-necked mug of nativism.

The ACLU has now made that face of racism impossible to avoid. By mining thousands of e-mails to and from Pearce's legislative account, obtained by the ACLU via a public records request, the organization has exposed a much wider audience to the prejudice that props up Arizona's body politic.

Take this bigoted assertion by Pearce and others that most everyone participating in a demonstration supporting immigrant rights was an illegal immigrant.

"Similarly," reads one section of the ACLU's motion, "a draft letter to be signed by Senators Pearce and Karen Johnson, decried `a huge protest march by 20,000 Hispanics,' asserting without any basis other than the marchers' race that `[m]ost of the protestors are not legal citizens, legal residents, or even legal visitors in our country. They are illegal. They have no right to request or demand anything.' (Email from Sen. Pearce dated Apr. 6, 2006).

"Pearce repeated his race-based assumption several times over the years. See, e.g., Email from Sen. Pearce dated May 26, 2009 (emailing an article about the arrests of Hispanic gang members with the subject line: `Hundreds of Hispanic gang members arrested in L.A. for targeting Black people (worse, is most of these Hispanic gang members are ILLEGAL aliens) Welcome to the new United States of Mexico")...Email from Sen. Pearce dated Feb. 15, 2009 (asserting that "vast majority" of Hispanic protesters were "illegal aliens")."

Then there's this particularly egregious diatribe e-mailed by Pearce, which I quoted in my initial report on the ACLU's motion for an injunction:

"I'm a racist because . . . I don't want to be taxed to pay for a prison population comprised of mainly Hispanics, Latinos, Mexicans or whatever else you wish to call them . . . I object to having to pay higher sales tax and property tax to build more schools for the illegitimate children of illegal aliens,.[I] want to deny citizenship to all anchor babies born in this country pre 2006 and here after . . . I object to corporation and municipalities spending billions to translate everything in Spanish."

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morecoffeeplease
morecoffeeplease

The Bird nails it.  The failure of our cowardly media has given bigoted blowhards like Pearce legitimacy they never deserved.  

Truth_to_Power
Truth_to_Power

Whaddya mean "the Democratic Party shrugged and looked the other way?" That statement is only 95% true. They did something. The NY Times just wrote Kyrsten Sinema was a real champion of fighting Russell's cause.  Well, okay, she was there for three hours while the cameras were running during the hearing and really didn't do shit before or after, but she did something! Dems could have used parliamentary procedures (of which Sinema was in leadership) to tie up the votes in both chambers, but didn't lift a finger. They could have had long debates on SB1070 at their caucus meetings, which Sinema ran, but didn't "because it was going to pass anyway."  The ADP, to this day, treats immigration like a third-rail issue telling candidates not to say anything about it...unless the tide turns and then it's okay to jump on the anti-Pearce bandwagon. So of like what they're doing now. They could be bashing Pearce in the primary, but they're not. Maybe it's because Pearce may be someone's "boss" in the next legislature.

 

So, they did one thing once. Give credit where credit's due.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Stephen, Outstanding article! Without your YEARS-LONG outstanding and courageous investigative reporting / journalism, informative blogging links the racist and bigotted defacto governor ex-sitting president of the state Senate (russell pearce) would never have been toppled. A truly historic event, along with the disbarment of disgraced ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his henchwomen disbarred ex-DCA chief charging prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon and sanctioned ex-DCA Rachel Alexander (thomas blogging queen). We couldn't agree more that the local media chose to look the other way and print lies as facts that were given to them. The local media has ignored the Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who prevailed and were victorious in ousting Pearce. The local media let the public down helping to create and uninformed and ignorant citizenry / voters. Now, late to the party some getting informed. They have a responsibility to demand action of the Maricopa County Attorney's office by asking about investigations of the over 200,000 felony cases --- under the reign of terror of the MCAO Troika --- for the innocent men, women and children whose lives were shredded in the "shredding maching" -- the wrongful convictions which are being found nationwide at an alarming rate; the over-charged, the over-sentenced. Why does the MCAO and state prosecutors right reform of Arizona's draconian sentencing laws that sentence non-violent first offenders to life in prison? Years of "rubber-stamping" would be exposed. The truth would be exposed as to the gravy train all those profiting in broken criminal justice system and prison profiteerig. Stephen, Thank you for giving concerned citizens a forum to get the truth out. Keep the pressure on -- we will not let up until the MCAO / MCSO and related agencies / legislature and lobbyists / special interests are cleaned up. One by one you have turned the state upside-down seeking the truth and reminding the people of the rights that are being violated and the pure corruption that controls Arizona.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

It's been widely known that disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce is a bigot. I wonder why the other major news sources are just now catching on to this revelation? 

 

Mr. Lemons and the New Times has been the #1 source of news regarding Pearce and his evil, hate-filled ways. (BTW, Pearce recently said and I quote: "I'm NOT a hateful guy." I can't remember when Pearce said it or the name of the article.)

 

With BS1070 almost entirely enjoined, and with the threat of permanent enjoinment looming, Pearce & Co. will surely lose this fight.  

vanderstock
vanderstock

Since when is telling the truth racist?  This is just a desperate last-ditch effort by the ACLU and others to get "show me your papers" invalidated and they will stop at nothing trying to do it.

gerry_c
gerry_c

In reading several of Pearce's emails, I felt I was reading the words of J.T. Ready.

Wanumba
Wanumba

Crazy WhackJob Karen Johnson's email, where she was happy that the gardeners were "Obviously NOT Hispanic--very white and very American looking"

 

Karen....fuck you.  You have to be Very White to be an American?  I hope you and Russ die in a fire.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

gov scorpion face...HA!

throw a bucket of water on her. She's melting...

When she wagged her finger at Obama, I wish the Pres. would have said "is that the one you stick up arpaios asshole when you suck his two-incher?"

pearce likes to watch, can't do anything else.

bigblackclock84
bigblackclock84

I'm wondering how long it will be before Gov Scorpion-Face is linked to this to? Let's not forget how chummy they both were.  

 

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I did find the comments on the AZ Central to be a funny!  AZC was acting like this was breaking news!

 

"Pearce is a bigot?  I never would have guesses considering his son and his friendship with JT Ready"

 

"No Shit.  We've known this for years, didn't you?"

 

(these are paraphrased)

zoola
zoola

"At the very least, the media's regurgitation of the ACLU's legal exhibits should help kill off any hope Pearce had of staging a comeback in the GOP primary for Legislative District 25."

 

Should? You mean as in REALLY ought to? Because it'll be an election involving fair-minded, well-informed citizens?

 

Gosh, Bastard, your optimism is touching.

Quinn
Quinn

Excellent. Yet another move in the right direction for Arizona. in fact, that's great news.

 

I enjoy reading about Pearce's bigoted emails being unearthed (again?) for all, and especially in the context of the ACLU going after SB1070.  But I wanted a straight new story. Okay, there are four references to this authors' previous work included in the ACLU's complaint -- that's wonderful, awesome, stupendous. Kudos to Mr. Lemons. But repeated references to this reporter being way out front, how shamefully timid the competition seem a bit over the top. 

 

We got it.  Great job!  Now how about more of the nitty-gritty we come to reports for?

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

Pearce, like Arpaio, had considerable power at one time, and one has to wonder just how much fear of that power and the complete willingness to use it, had to do with such little pushback from the media. Thankfully Pearce no longer wields that kind of power, and hopefully Arpaio will meet the same fate (although I'm still convinced Arpaio has unfavorable information on most of the powerful in Arizona, which is why he gets away with such obvious corruption and dereliction of duties). Like Mr. Lemons, it's been a teeth grinding few years when outright lies have been faithfully reported in the news as if they were fact. If Arizona voters don't wake up to reality very soon, the future doesn't look good. Thank you for sticking with it, Stephen.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

find it funny how they seem to think we don't know this already? I knew this around 4 years ago when I first started getting more and more interested in AZ politics and the scummy republican douchebags.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Kirsten Sinema - are you going to apologize for saying you love a bigot? 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

correction: "why do the MCAO and state prosecutors -- sitting regularly at the state legislature like "prosecutor lobbyists" (paid for by the taxpayers) -- FIGHT sentencing reform that would save taxpayers millions and millions of $$'s and save innocent lives and families? Time to expose and end the gravy train for all those who "eat out of the same trough!"

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @MaskedMagician1967 Getting Pearce out of politics in Arizona is a good start BUT, He's the proverbial "tip of the iceberg."  There are many more racists in Az government who need to be excised but they too only make up a small part of the iceberg. The bulk is made up of the malignant souls who keep electing and re-electing these two legged cockroaches. Getting rid of the top layers will be easy but, anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with the bulk of the iceberg?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @vanderstock 

 

Um, the U.S. Supreme Court invited challenges to Section 2(B) of BS1070 if it can be proven that the provision violates the Constitution when the high court ruled on BS1070.

 

Seems to me that the ACLU has proven that already.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @WhoKnows  LoL I knew this back when SB 1070 first came out. I might not have had the proof, BUT I KNEW this already.

 

BTW I find it Ironic that JT Ready is being hugged by Pearce and no one is at all disturbed by this, esp since that fat piece of shit shot his gf and her family and killed them all, save one of the daughters.

 

vanderstock
vanderstock

 @Quinn The emails were fabricated!  If they are real then why has it taken six long years to have many revealed?  Truth is, it's only a dirty move by the ACLU to get the clause stopped and they will stop at nothing to do so.  But it won't be stopped!  In fact I think MCSO is out and about today rounding up illegals!  Sheriff Joe will have to build more tents soon don't you think?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Haddie Nuff Your well-informed comment is spot-on! Couldn't agree more.

vanderstock
vanderstock

 @ptcgaz Your words are going to come back and bite you.  You should replace "republican" with "democrats" because the truth is, democrats like you are the real douche-bags.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @fairymagic13 Actually, one of the things I like about her is that she REALLY tries to work across the aisle, and she does her best not to piss off the leaders on the other side.  There are too many cat fights as it is.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @shadeaux14 Your well informed comment is spot-on!  It's taken Stephen and many others years to get to this point. Its time the local media clean up the mess they allowed to escalate to this point. In the meantime, job creation in Arizona is litigation -- goal to make lawyers obscenely rich at the taxpayers' expense -- the government legal work pays more than the private citizens can afford to pay.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @vanderstock Apparently you aren't too familiar with Article IV Section I of the U.S. Constitution huh? The article awards full faith and credit to ALL PUBLIC-RECORDS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS. That means that Pearce's emails, since they are subject to public-record, are in fact legitimate.

IndeTruth
IndeTruth

Fabricated?   Seriously, did you even READ the article?  Do you even know what the Freedom of Information Act is?  Do you really think' the ACLU presented emails to Judge Bolton that were fabricated hoping she and everyone else wouldn't notice?  Are you so stuck in your position that you force yourself to look the other way when mass bigotry is displayed?  "Six long years to have many revealed".... Seriously?  Lemons has been reporting on all of this garbage since the very beginning.  Take off your blinders and see the light.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @vanderstock yes us Democrats are the real problem here in AZ, since we have had a super-majority since 1960. And BTW I would like to call your attention to the fact that I AM not a racist. I grew up with mixed races in several different states. One area, had lots of Cubans. They were as a whole nice people that got screwed over by our government and their own in Cuba. There were also a lot of other people that I have been around. Black people, Hispanic people, etc don't bother me in the least, they are just people too and aren't as scary as republicans make them out to be. 

 

 @IndeTruth IndeTruth, If Pearce was a Democrat and said the same things I would have been equally as angered by what he said.

 

 @MaskedMagician1967  Yes, it sure seems to me like it's republicans in this case that are the douchebags. I don't really see how my words will come back to bite me. Facts are facts, unless YPS is involved in which case you have to quote everything they say back to them for them to get the point of what you are saying. I can't help the facts. They are on my side. 

 

I would hope that most people in America would stand against utterly absurd and racist bills like SB1070.

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 Are you sure about that?

 

Seems to me that the Republicans are the ones who are douchebags. Whatever happened to the GOOD Republicans like Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt? Nowadays you have Republicans like Michele Bachmann complaining about a Muslim working in the State Department.

 

If I remember correctly, John McCain called Bachmann out over the complaint.

IndeTruth
IndeTruth

 @vanderstock  @ptcgaz    for the record, vanderstock, are you saying you agree with the contents of Pearce's emails?  Regardless of party, this is some of the most vile, hateful racist rhetoric ever written or uttered by a politician.  If you stand by those comments then you put yourself in an ideological corner shared with skinheads and the Klan.   

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Look WhoKnows - when the Republicants control over 60% of the legislature and the Governor's office - there is NOT ONE CHANCE  IN HELL that the minority party is going to pass ANYTHING which even half-way resembles their agenda.  It won't happen - EVER!!!!  Sinema appears to dumb to know that, if what you are telling me is true.  The minority party in this case should be running the Republicants down in the media at every opportunity - having an AVOWED bigot in office is an easy target.  Sinema blew her opportunity when she was "Blowing" then Senator Pearce's cock! She should have been raising holy hell about SB1070 and the other bigoted bills which have been passed by the Republicants on her watch.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

 @WhoKnows "Actually, one of the things I like about her is that she REALLY tries to work across the aisle, and she does her best not to piss off the leaders on the other side"

 

Are u freakin' kidding me? The lege had a Republican supermajority. It didm't need Dem votes. So there was no reason to work across the aisle with the equivalent of a Klan member.

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