Friday, May 25th, 2018

Say It Ain’t So, Sheriff Joe

"Years ago a college classmate of mine from New York visited a mutual
friend of ours who owns a ranch in southern Arizona.  Enchanted by the
beauty of the place, Mark went for a walk by himself.  Finding himself
in a peaceful valley, he laid down on his back and closed his eyes so
that he could listen to the sounds of nature.  He may have dozed.  In
time he became aware that there was someone standing over him. When he
opened his eyes he faced a gun cocked and pointed at this head.  It was a
border officer, who took Mark (who had no identification) into
custody.  There they grilled him about whether he was a drug dealer or a
smuggler.   Mark is a light-skinned African American with Native
American blood.  He is also an extremely well-spoken lawyer who was able
to talk himself out of his predicament.  Many other brown-skinned
Americans in Arizona aren't so lucky: