Arizona Politician Makes a Public Suggestion for a White People Holiday

Feb 4, 2012
9:59 AM

Is it possible to just have Arizona secede from the Union? Or at least see some of their "leaders" can get the "hell out of the country," to paraphrase Congressman Allen West?

This week, KPHO out of Phoenix ran a story about Arizona state representative (and Republican) Cecil Ash, who suggested in on the floor of the Arizona House that the state should celebrate for white people. Sounds unbelievable? See the segment and decide for yourself.

As KPHO reports:

Rep. Cecil Ash, a Republican from Mesa, is suggesting Arizona needs a holiday for white people.

"I wanted to speak to you all about Latino Americans here in Arizona," said state Rep. Richard Miranda on the House floor Monday, starting the conversation that sparked the controversy.

Miranda said Arizona should have a Latino American day in Arizona.

After some heated debate, Rep. Cecil Ash stepped up to the mic.

"I'm supportive of this proposition. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you'll have a day for us," Ash said.

The report continues:

"Crazy idea," one person said.

"Good idea. Like they have Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans. We need something for whites," another commented.

Ash never thought his comment would cause such a stir.

"There was a little contention there so I was just really trying to lighten things up a little bit," Ash said.

He did get some laughs that day.

But he said he's not backing down from his statement.

"Yes, I think it was appropriate. It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way," Ash said.

Ok, Rep. Ash, we know you are missing the point a bit, but yes, we will give you a Celebrate Whites Day. You are right. Start choosing a date and get back to us. We will petition for it.

Ash has not be a stranger to controversy, as this segment with CNN's Anderson Cooper about President Obama's birth certificate shows.