An Arizona legislator raised eyebrows this week with a suggestion that the state should name a holiday for Caucasians.

State Rep. Cecil Ash’s remarks began in jest while he was speaking on the Arizona House floor Monday, but asked to clarify them later, Ash doubled down and said he thought such a holiday was a good idea.

It started when state Rep. Richard Miranda, a Democrat, said Arizona should have a day to celebrate Latino Americans, Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO-TV reported. According to the station, Miranda’s suggestion touched off a tense debate, and that’s when Ash stepped in to try to relieve the tension with a moment of levity.

“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, a Republican, said.

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