Really Arizona, really? You guys are making Alabama and Mississippi look like San Francisco. Ethnic chauvinism? You mean like regular educational system we already have? No intended offense to anybody of European descent who reads this, but you have no clue what it’s like to be a person of color in this country. I’m not trying to feel sorry for myself, but that’s the damn truth. Our experiences are waaaaaay different, even amongst the different ethnic groups. Isn’t good to understand that and learn from the mistakes of the past? No one can pretend that there still isn’t racism and that ethnic groups have unique histories experiences.
Why is it bad to show ethnic solidarity? Because we should all be American? HOW FUCKING IRONIC IN THE STATE THAT ALLOWS ITS POLICE TO ARBITRARILY ASK PEOPLE TO SHOW THEIR PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP!!!???
Teaching hatred towards white folks? That’s like saying you can’t teach slavery to African Americans because it’ll cause ‘racial tension’. IT’S THE FUCKING TRUTH! You know what else is the truth? Immigrants have been brought here to America, used to build up our economy for the benefit of the ruling elite, then blamed for every single problem this country goes through! Yeah Arizona, you don’t want immigrant children to learn about that. If they do, they’ll be fucking pissed when cops ask them for their citizenship papers every other day.
You’re right Mr. Horne. It is just like the old South. Oh wait…in the old South white people were able to own slaves. Today, ethnic studies teaches people not to hate themselves. I never heard of people of color able to own white slaves in Arizona. I did hear about Mexicans being shot by white folks though. That sounds more like the old South. Maybe if you had Ethnic Studies, you’d know the difference.
Oh Arizona. You can’t turn the clock back to the 1900s, it’s just not happening.
On a side note, there’s a lot of racist, backwards thinking people on the yahoo comments. Yeah, it’s easy to talk shit on the internet you jackasses. It’s also a good reminder of the bubble we live in here in the Bay Area/ California/ Planet Earth.
Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program on Tuesday, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.
State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the measure for years, said a Tucson school district program promotes “ethnic chauvinism” and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.
“It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it,” Horne said.
The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. It also prohibits classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.
The Tucson Unified School District program offers specialized courses in African-American, Mexican-American and Native-American studies that focus on history and literature and include information about the influence of a particular ethnic group.
For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors.
Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.
Brewer’s signature on the bill comes less than a month after she signed the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration — a move that ignited international backlash amid charges the measure would encourage racial profiling of Hispanics.
A Republican running for attorney general, Horne has been trying to restrict the program ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta in 2006 told students that “Republicans hate Latinos.”
District officials said the program doesn’t promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.
About 1,500 students at six high schools in the district are enrolled in the program. Elementary and middle school students also are exposed to the ethnic studies curriculum. The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.
Sean Arce, director of the district’s Mexican-American Studies program, said last month that students perform better in school if they see in the curriculum people who look like them.
“It’s a highly engaging program that we have, and it’s unfortunate that the state Legislature would go so far as to censor these classes,” he said.
Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday expressing concern about the measure. All people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage, they said.
Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman didn’t directly address the UN criticism, but said Brewer supports the bill’s goal.
“The governor believes … public school students should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people,” Senseman said.
The law doesn’t prohibit classes that teach about the history of a particular ethnic group, as long as the course is open to all students and doesn’t promote ethnic solidarity or resentment.
Arce could not immediately be reached after Brewer signed the bill late Tuesday.