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Brewer signs bill banning TUSD ethnic studies classes

A bill banning ethnic studies classes in Arizona was signed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer. The law, which takes effective Dec. 31, was pushed by Tom Horne, a longtime critic of such classes in TUSD.
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May 12, 2010, 7:14 pm
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Seriously? Is she being blackmailed by the KKK or something? It’s like she’s zipping through this preposterous loser list she has to complete after losing some secret bet with David Duke.

And I love the points cited in this thing too. It bans any coursework that supports “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

This sounds more like something you’d read in the Confederate States of America textbooks and it’s no wonder we’re going through this right now. Even though Lincoln abolished slavery and Arizona became a proper state there was that old pervasive line of racism that never went away. It kept running north through Phoenix since the Civil War and it’s been there since before this was called the Arizona Territory. It was there before it was ever even a part of the Confederacy and those Deep Southern roots will continue to keep hold of their skewed views forever.

May 12, 2010, 8:33 pm
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The key phrase (if you ignore the “overthrow of the government” nonsense) seems to be: “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group”.

The implication is that if you take a ‘Chicano Studies’ course you can only be Chicano and only interested in your own ethnic/other sociocultural group.

The further implication is that history and literature of countries/peoples/etc. should not be studied by those who don’t have a direct stake.

Chinese history and literature? Leave it to the Chinese. Arabic language study? Leave it to the Arabs. History of World War Two? That was a long time ago, and why are you bringing it up?

Brewer’s really covering herself with glory this year ...

May 26, 2010, 9:02 am
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What’s next? Which book, language, culture is going to be next? Who will stand by and watch, and who will have the courage to break down these walls?


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