Amar'e Is Against Arizona's Immigration Bill Because The Jews Have Suffered Enough (UPDATE)

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Whatever your politics, there are plenty of good reasons to support "Los Suns'" Cinco De Mayo gesture. Amar'e Stoudemire's is not one of them.

As part of the Cinco De Mayo festivities, and a gentle protest of Arizona's immigration law, the Suns donned the Los Suns jerseys. Members of the team spoke eloquently to their purpose.

Steve Nash: "I think the law is very misguided. I think it is unfortunately to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties and I think it is very important for us to stand up for things we believe in."


Steve Kerr: "We want to celebrate the diversity that exists in our state and exists in the NBA. We know what's going on and we don't agree with the law itself."

Amar'e Stoudemire:


Okay, back up. Now, there are a lot of groups that claim to be descended from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel: in Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, Japan, England, and so on. But Latinos are not one of them.

Judging from his usage of "Yah," or "Jah," we'd suspect Stoudemire adheres to some interpretation of Rastafari. And indeed there is a Twelve Tribes of Israel sect. But it teaches that every person is descended from the ancient Israelites, and you can figure out which one based on your birth month.


No, as best we can figure out, Amar'e's belief is closest to that of the Mormons, who teach that Native Americans are descended from the tribe of Joseph. Perhaps the Jazz could convince the free-agent-to-be to sign a mid-level exemption?

UPDATE: A theology student points us to the existence of the Black Hebrew Israelites, more specifically, the offshoot Israelite Church of God and Jesus Christ, which teaches that Native Americans and Hispanics are among the Tribes of Israel.