New Georgia State Motto: Ignorance, Injustice, and Extremism

Posted May 18, 2011 by nicolas_lampert in Posters & Prints


The Georgia state motto is "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation." It should now be "Ignorance, Injustice, and Extremism" after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigration bill that will empower the police to investigate the immigration status of "suspects." The measure also sets new hiring requirements for employers and penalizes people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants in Georgia.

The graphic is free-to-use to any-and-all social justice groups and stands in solidarity with migrant workers and the people of Georgia who are resisting this bill.

Initially, I was inspired to create the graphic after hearing what musician Carlos Santana said in Atlanta during MLB's "Civil Rights Game" Dave Zirin writes in The Nation:

"But there was Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, celebrating civil rights in the Georgia, and chortling excitedly about the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona. In the hands of Selig, irony becomes arsenic. Thank God that Commisioner Selig was stupid enough to choose the Civil Rights Game to honor, among others, the great musician Carlos Santana. Santana was supposed to be the Latino stand-in, a smiling symbol of baseball’s diversity. And maybe, he would even play a song!

But Bud picked the wrong Latino. Carlos Santana took the microphone and said that he was representing all immigrants. Then Santana added, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.” In a perfect display of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Georgia, the cheers quickly turned to boos. Yes, Carlos Santana was booed on Civil Rights Day in Atlanta for talking about Civil Rights.

Then in the press box, Santana held an impromptu press conference where he let loose with an improvised speech to rival one of his virtuoso guitar solos. He said, “This law is not correct. It’s a cruel law, actually, This is about fear. Stop shucking and jiving. People are afraid we’re going to steal your job. No we aren’t. You’re not going to change sheets and clean toilets. I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy. Who cleans the sheets? Who cleans the toilets? Who babysits? I am here to give voice to the invisible.”

He went on to say, “Most people at this point they are either afraid to really say what needs to be said, this is the United States the land of the free. If people want the immigration law to keep passing in every state then everybody should get out and just leave the American Indians here. This is about Civil Rights.”


Even though HB87 is mad regressive, it does not define the whole state. GA has been the home of the civil rights movement, and can still be the welcoming place we want it to be, we just have to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. Let's define the state not by the racist legislator's rhetoric, but by how the people stand up, fight back, and create a movement of resistance.

Posted by: Sian at May 18, 2011 11:05 AM

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