Well Scott you asked for an answer & then I give you an answer & then you tell don't care about me or my opinion. Seems fairly contradictory & antagonistic, like you have a chip on yer shoulder OR you are trying to pick a fight instead of actually having an intelligent discussion and/or argument.
Ironically, I have lived in Southern California, and Arizona since 1978 and see the issue entirely different than you, and I DO have the real world experience. Oh, and I am a white guy, with a white wife, and a European immigrant background.
Would you like to explain how this can be so? Please don't play the "I am here so I know best and trump you" card. There are others who are "here" for decades, who see it differently.