Arizona State Representative David Stringer (R-Prescott) wants to secure a future for white children.
“If we don’t do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country,” Rep. Stringer — who is not a member of any Native American tribe — said in remarks to the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum on Monday.
Stringer, who represents the 1st District in Arizona’s House, said “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in Arizona public schools. Stringer added that immigration is an “existential threat” to “the country you were born into.”
An AZ legislator made these overtly racist comments about our students. It's time to remove xenophobic radicals from elected office this November! We deserve leaders who understand we're a nation of immigrants who bring a diversity of experiences & ideas. https://t.co/P5I9QpUHDI pic.twitter.com/NSrJS2WZA3
— David Schapira (@dschapira) June 13, 2018
Stringer’s concern is that in fifteen years, the non-white children of immigrants will be eligible to vote (which means that he believes those children are documented, as undocumented immigrants can’t vote), and that this will “destabilize” the political composition of the state.
Rep. Stringer is no stranger to making insane remarks about what goes on in Arizona’s schools, though. In March he claimed that faculty advisers for high school newspapers were serving as liberal propagandists and that teaching was an easy, unskilled part-time job.
But his concern for the future of white children is not only overtly racist, it is reflective of the most infamous white supremacist saying in the world.
Stringer did not return calls from Grit Post as of this publication.
In light of the interest of immigrant concentration camps for children, overtly racist rhetoric is hardly the biggest threat, but it is that rhetoric that enables the larger perils immigrants face.
The kind of othering and dehumanization that immigrants are subjected to by Stringer is what opens the door to cruelty. The way Trump’s “animals” remark has been followed by increased inhumane treatment of immigrants is a quick and easy connection to prove that argument, but it has been born out by slave owners and the genocide in Rwanda.
When Stringer tells the crowd that immigrants are an existential threat to the Arizonian way of life, he becomes, himself, an existential threat to the American way of life; the moral leadership we so badly want to show the world.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.