The ACLU has issued a travel warning for Texas. This is not The Onion.
The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. The law gives a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be ‘foreign’ based on how they look or sound. The travel alert applies to all travelers to Texas, including U.S. travelers from other states and U.S. citizens. In addition, this alert applies to all encounters with federal, state, county law enforcement including local police and sheriffs.
Between the Pumpkin in Washington and the flat-out Neanderthal in Austin, Texas stands atop my list of places I will not go. Which, actually, includes all the “red” states.
I know there’s a school of thought that says, Move to Ohio! Move to North Carolina! Help turn them blue! Well, I live somewhere that human dignity does not depend on being white, cis-het, Christian and male (or acting like the property of a male). And I value that.