I try listening to Jon Justice on 104.1 from time to time, and it’s a really hard thing to do.
It’s a place where “everyone has a voice”, but rather than civil discourse you will get audio effects calling you an idiot and other little boy antics. I have no problem with this, it’s entertainment after all.
I do want to address Jon’s constant concern of his being labeled as a racist. My advice to Jon is that if you don’t want to be labeled a racist, stop acting like a racist.
Let me be specific.
I listened to today’s show and it was mostly about SB1070 as usual. Danger, fear, and the cucuy!
One person called in and talked about something their police friend told them. Basically it was about how if someone is caught speeding for going over 20 mph over the limit, and then the cop may have to verify their citizenship status with ICE. One possibility was if ICE doesn’t respond, and thus they would have to detain the suspect until citizenship status could be verified.
Jon Justice said this is ridiculous and something like this should never happen. We agree at this point.
But then he said that the cop doesn’t know what he’s talking about and that a driver’s license suffices as ID. Then he went on the call the police officer a rent-a-cop at Walmart. Way to show your support of Tucson police!
Here’s the thing Mr. Justice. A driver’s license does qualify as ID, but it does not suffice as proof of citizenship status. Try going to Nogales and entering the US with just a driver’s license and without a passport.
Perhaps someone who looks like Jon Justice doesn’t have to worry about racial profiling, and having to carry a birth certificate, but people that are darker skinned are now reasonably suspicious and can be detained and a driver’s license and Social Security number is not enough. Consider the news story below.
[tnivideo caption=”Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial profiling” credit=”Channel 3 – Phoenix”]http://ktvk.bimvid.com/vidad/tribeca.vidavee.com/bim/ktvk/EC036C194417942CB4287DB284A678A7.mp4
I challenge Jon Justice to describe what constitutes “reasonable suspicion” in a way that is not racial profiling.
(Article continued below)
Then Mr. Justice goes on to take more calls, and he has to distance himself from some of the callers that are mentioning parts of SB1070 that do not fit within his talking points. He has to add “grains of salt” to those callers. One caller says that Tom Horne supports the DREAM Act and Jon says there’s no way he does because he knows he’s not like that. Like what?
His studio assistant looks it up and verifies that Tom Horne may indeed support the DREAM Act and Jon Justice is disappointed and says there is another person running for Attorney General he might have to support. That person is the vile Andrew Thomas.
Why the 180 on supporting Tom Horne because he may support the DREAM Act?
The following will give some hints as to why Jon Justice may be perceived as racist. He distances himself from all the other callers that don’t fit within his agenda, but then a caller calls in about Mexicans being like cockroaches that come across the border when the lights go out.
Does Jon Justice distance himself from this comment? Not at all, but what could be considered racist about comparing Mexicans to cockroaches?
This is why Jon Justice doesn’t get it.
Let me add one more thing. What if there was a bill that said the following:
There shall be no murders, no rapes, no burning down the White House, and no Jon Justice show in Tucson.
Surely Jon Justice would object to this bill! And in response a talk-show host could say “Why does Jon Justice want a bill that outlaws burning the White House down repealed?” or “Does Jon Justice support murder since he wants this bill overturned?”
To make SB1070 and HB2281 a focal point of your show, and to ridicule our teachers, two of which you call out – Sean and Auggie – shows your contempt of the educational system.
Please present the falsehoods that they are teaching. Please present the exact lessons that are lies and that are anti-American. Go deeper and present the actual lessons that you oppose, rather than playing sophomoric “you are an idiot, ha ha” soundtracks.
But to do so, you would have to sit in a class first. In the meantime you can continue with your uneducated attack on teachers and students in Tucson.
And that is why you are seen as a bigot.