Arizona: Laugh or cry? From MLK to the new immigration law.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Just watch this old school video of the Wayans brothers from when Arizona refused to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Funny how the lady in this old "In Living Color" video resembles Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer is still out there defending the immigration law that basically legalizes racial profiling. And last week she signed another law that attacks ethnic studies programs. And they also want to get rid of teachers who speak with accents, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Can this really be happening in America today?

Even Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has come out against Arizona's immigration law. He recently joked about it in a speech at Emory University.

"I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me," the governor said.

But what's not funny is that 73 percent of people surveyed in a new Pew Research Center poll support the law that requires people suspected of being undocumented to show proof they are in the U.S. legally.

Sure they support this law because it doesn't impact them.

I have an idea though. Let's pass a federal law that requires EVERYBODY, white, black or brown, to carry a passport or a birth certificate. Let's then have a federal force dedicated to stopping people at random to check their papers. If you don't have your papers, then you can be arrested and detained.

But wait that sounds too much like Nazi Germany.

I agree with Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live.

"I know there's some people in Arizona worried that Obama is acting like Hitler, but can we all agree that there's nothing more Nazi than saying 'Show me your papers'," Meyers recently said on Weekend Update.

By the way a friend of mine, who is from Germany, sent me the following photo over the weekend. I think it says it all.

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  • Those people who equate Obama with Hitler and his Nazi goons identify themselves as (a) congenitally stupid, (b) ignorant of history, or (3) so inflamed by zealotry that they appear to be all of the above. My wife spent 1935 to 1945 hiding out from the Nazis, running from them, and finally surviving them after they caught up with her and sent her to Mauthausen concentration camp. She remembers well the screaming, yelling crowds of Germans at every Hitler speech where he blamed Germany's woes on the Jews, and sees an odious comparison with the crowds of yelling, screaming enthusiasts at tea party rallies where right-wing zealots inflame the crowd with anti-Obama rhetoric, and where people carry signs equating Obama with Hitler. Who looks most like the Nazis in this comparison? The would-be Hitler is the one up there on the stage inflaming the crowd.

    Would the Highland Park, Illinois team encounter "Nazi-like" treatment if they went to Arizona to take part in a tournament? Almost certainly not, especially if the team kept together in travel and housing with school officials in supervision. There could be an incident, I suppose, if a badge-carrying (and gun-carrying) militia-minded bully tried to "enforce" the law. Hopefully, no student would be shot, but some could be intimidated and embarrassed. Still, my inclination would be to send the team to Arizona under close supervision. The kids deserve the chance to play, and they would probably appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate "grace under pressure".

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