Three months ago, State Senator Sylvia Allen (LD6) made blatantly racist and sexist statements that should have led to Republican calls for her resignation. After all, that’s exactly what happened only a year before when Arizona Rep. David Stringer stated that “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in Arizona public schools and that immigrants pose an “existential threat.” Gov. Doug Ducey and other Republican leaders immediately called for Stringer’s resignation.
Let there be no doubt about it. What Sylvia Allen said is just as glaringly racist as anything Stringer said. Speaking at an event honoring Mormon political pioneers, Allen expressed fear about the “browning of America” and said that “we’re going to look like South American countries very quickly.” She also voiced concern that white birth rates aren’t keeping up with that of Hispanics.
If these statements aren’t racist, I don’t know what is. But Republicans have not called for her resignation. The only notable exceptions are Allen’s challengers for her senate seat — Bob Thorpe and Wendy Rogers. Ducey’s defense of Allen was simply, “She says she has love in her heart for every person.”
Allen’s prejudice is not limited to racism. She also attacked women’s rights in several overtly sexist statements. She condemned the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and stated, “What’s really hurting society is the decline of patriarchy.”
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It is reprehensible that Republican leaders have not demanded Allen’s resignation. Given their ethical failure, we as voters must ensure that Allen is never again elected to political office.