Defeat for Arizona's Anti-Gay Legislation

  • Aired:  02/27/14
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Arizona governor Jan Brewer rejects a "religious liberty" bill that would have given businesses the right to deny service to gays. (2:17)

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, THANKYOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THANKS SO MUCH, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

AND, FOLKS, I ESPECIALLY WANT TOTHANK ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE

JOINING US TONIGHT.

THEI WILL GET TO MY COVERAGE OF

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN JUST AMOMENT.

BUT I'M SORRY, APPARENTLY ALLSTRAIGHT PEOPLE

ARE NOW LEGALLY REQUIRED TO MAKEWEDDING CAKES FOR GAY PEOPLE.

BECAUSE LAST NIGHT, ARIZONAGOVERNOR AND DINER WAITRESS

WORKING A 60-HOUR SHIFT,JAN BREWER, VETOED SB1062,

A BILL PROTECTING MY RELIGIOUSRIGHT TO DENY SODOMITES PASTRY.

AND JUST LISTEN WHY.

>> SENATE BILL 1062 DOES NOTADDRESS A SPECIFIC OR PRESENT

CONCERN RELATED TO RELIGIOUSLIBERTY IN ARIZONA.

I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE EXAMPLE INARIZONA WHERE A BUSINESS OWNER'S

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY HAS BEENVIOLATED.

>> Stephen: EXCUSE ME,GOVERNOR.

JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEERELIGIOUS LIBERTY BEING

VIOLATED, DOESN'T MEAN ITDOESN'T EXIST.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH ANDBELIEVE THAT GAYS ARE DESTROYING

CHRISTIANITY.

( LAUGHTER )AND I HAVE THAT FAITH, AND I SEE

GAY ATTACKS EVERYWHERE I LOOK.

LIKE ON THIS MIRACULOUS IMAGE ONMY GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH.

THERE IT IS.

LOOK AT THAT GAY ORGY RIGHTTHERE.

( LAUGHTER )PLAIN AS DAYS, FOLKS.

USUALLY, I ONLY SEE JESUS IN MYGRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH-- OH,

BOY, HE'S IN THERE, TOO.

I HAVE TO GET HIM OUT THERE.

JESUS IS SAFE NOW IN MY TUM-TUM.

LET'S GET BACK TO MY CELEBRATIONOF BLACK HISTORY.

I WILL BE DEDICATING THE REST OFFEBRUARY AFRICAN AMERICAN

HERITAGE.

IT IS SUCH A RICH, MULTIFACETEDCULTURE FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO

EMBRACE AND MAKE LESS BLACK.

FOR INSTANCE, JAZZ.

WE SMOOTHED THAT OUT FOR YOU,YOU'RE WELCOME.

( APPLAUSE )AND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHILE

NOT ALL OF US ARE BLACK WE AREALL VICTIMS OF RACISM.

SLAVERY IS AMERICA'S ORIGINALSIN, OUR PRIMAL WOUND, AND 150

YEARS LATER, ITS TERRIBLE LEGACYSTILL LOOMS OVER AMERICAN LIFE

SO LARGE THAT IT'S ALMOSTIMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT RACE

WITHOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE,ESPECIALLY KOREANS.

( LAUGHTER )THEY'RE A HUMORLESS PEOPLE.

BUT NOW SOMETHING CAN FINALLY BEDONE TO LIFT THE PAINFUL BURDEN

OF RACISM ONCE AND FOR ALL.

IT COMES FROM A STORY I HEARD ONNPR.

NOW, I KNOW, BUT I WAS DRIVING ARENTAL AND THE KNOB WAS TORN

OFF.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

IT WAS A REPORT ON THE NATIONALLONGITUDINAL SURVEY OF YOUTH,

WHICH TRACKED YOUNG PEOPLE OVER19 YEARS TO SEE HOW THEIR LIVES

HAD CHANGED, AND ONE OF THERESEARCHERS, STANFORD

SOCIOLOGIST ALIYA SAPERSTEIN,FOUND SOMETHING TRULY SHOCKING.

>> SAPERSTEIN FOUND THAT THERACIAL CLASSIFICATION OF PEOPLE

IN THE SURVEY SEEMED TO CHANGEOVER TIME.

>> WHAT OUR RESEARCH CHALLENGESIS THIS IDEA THAT THE RACE OF AN

INDIVIDUAL IS FIXED.

20% OF THE RESPONDENTSEXPERIENCED AT LEAST ONE CHANGE

IN HOW THE INTERVIEWER PERCEIVEDTHEM BY RACE OVER THE COURSE OF

DIFFERENT OBSERVATIONS.

>> Stephen: YES, YOUR RACECAN CHANGE OVER TIME.

MUCH LIKE HOW IN WINTER, JOHNBOEHNER FADES FROM PUMPKIN TO

BUTTERNUT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )( LAUGHTER )

WHILE THIS IS AMAZING, IT'SEXTRAORDINARY STORY.

SO WHAT WOULD CAUSE SOMEONE'SRACE TO CHANGE I SAY YOU ASK?

WELL, IF SOMEONE IN THE STUDYWENT TO JAIL, THE INTERVIEWER

WAS MORE LIKELY TO SEE THEPERSON AS BLACK.

NO WONDER THOSE WHITE POWERPRISON GANGS ARE SO SCARY.

THEY'RE ALL BLACK GUYS.

( LAUGHTER )POINT IS, AMERICANS BELIEVE

BLACK PEOPLE DO CERTAIN THINGS.

THEREFORE, PEOPLE WHO DO THOSETHINGS MUST BE BLACK, OR AS NPR

PUT IT, "IT'S NOT JUST OURPERCEPTIONS OF RACE THAT DRIVE

OUR STEREOTYPES, BUT OURSTEREOTYPES THAT DRIVE OUR

PERCEPTIONS OF RACE."

YES, OUR PERCEPTIONS OF RACE AREDRIVEN BY RACIAL STEREOTYPES,

WHICH IS WHY THEY'RE ALWAYSGETTING PULLED OVER.

( LAUGHTER )NOW, INCREDIBLY, YOU CAN EVEN

UNDERGO A RACE CHANGE AFTERYOU'RE DEAD BECAUSE THE STUDY

FOUND THAT WHEN PEOPLE HAD TIEDAS A RESULT OF HOMICIDE, FUNERAL

DIRECTORS WERE MORE LIKELY TOLIST THE PERSON AS BEING BLACK

AND IF THE PERSON DIED OFALCOHOLIC CIRRHOSIS, THE FUNERAL

DIRECTOR WAS MORE LIKELY TO LISTTHE PERSON AS BEING NATIVE

AMERICAN.

AND THEY LIST YOU AS WHITE IFYOU CHOCKED ON KALE CHIPS WHILE

DANCING TO JASON MRAZ( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )STEREOTYPES CAN EVEN CHANGE WHAT

RACE YOU THINK YOU ARE BECAUSEWHEN PEOPLE WENT TO PRISON THEY

BECAME MORE LIKELY TO THINK OFTHEMSELVES AS BLACK.

THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT'S A TWO-WAYSTREET.

BECAUSE FOR POSITIVEEXPERIENCES, THE EFFECTS ARE IN

THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

FOLKS I BELIEVE WE CAN USEAMERICA'S INESCAPABLE RACISM TO

DEFEAT AMERICA'S INESCAPABLERACISM.

HERE'S HOW IT WOULD WORK.

MINORITIES HAVE TO BEHAVE INWAYS THAT CHANGE OUR PERCEPTION

OF THEIR RACE.

FOR INSTANCE, MEXICANS, YOU CANSEEM A LOT LESS MEXICAN IF YOU

COMPLAIN ABOUT ALL THE MEXICANSCOMING HERE TO STEAL OUR JOBS.

( LAUGHTER )THINK ABOUT IT.

RIGHT NOW, THERE'S A MEXICANDOING YOUR JOB, AND SLEEPING

WITH YOUR WIFE.

( LAUGHTER )AND, NATIVE AMERICANS, IF YOU

TURN THOSE CASINOS INTO TECHSUPPORT CALL CENTERS, SUDDENLY

YOU'RE AN ACTUAL INDIAN.

( LAUGHTER )OF COURSE, THE QUICKEST WAY TO

ACHIEVE RACIAL EQUALITY IS TOJUST SEND EVERYONE TO PRISON.

THEN WE WOULD ALL BE BLACK.

AND ONCE WE'RE ALL BLACK, MAYBEAMERICANS WILL FINALLY REALIZE

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT COLORYOU ARE.

SO I PICK WHITE.

I WONDER WHAT RACE THAT MAKES MESEEM LIKE?

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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