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9th Circuit upholds parts of TUSD ethnic studies ban

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld much of the controversial Arizona law that targeted TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. The three-judge panel ordered the case back to district court for a hearing on whether the law is discriminatory.... Read more»

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Jul 7, 2015, 7:20 pm
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This will PO the local racists like the people who support McSally…GOOD!

Jul 8, 2015, 9:10 am
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We don’t teach or promote religion in public schools. Why don’t we? Well, probably at least part of the reason is that people of many faiths pay taxes which fund the schools. So, which religion do we teach? See, there is no good answer. But, there is no law (that I know of) that prohibits parents or others teaching children about religion outside of school. And, none of this is considered unConstitutional.

I think an identical situation exists here.

Douglas said Tuesday that she “strongly” supports the law. “It’s hard to see why anyone would want to teach any of that,” she said of bans on courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment toward a race or class, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity.

Well, it is easy for me to see. Racism and hate are taught, and handed down from generation to generation. These courses are just here to hand down resentment to future generations. Despite the fact that the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed over a century and a half ago, there are still many people around here who have a problem with it. Considering that no one alive today was alive when that treaty was signed, that resentment had to be handed down through generations, right?

It has been my observation and experience that any class titled “<insert name of minority group here> Studies”, that class usually exists for the sole purpose of teaching hate to able-bodied white males.

I for one think HB2281 is an excellent law. I don’t want my tax money to teach kids to overthrow the U.S. Government, promote resentment toward a race of class, or that are designed for pupils a particular ethnic group (which is, by definition, racist). I’m not seeing the problem. I’m not seeing where any of that is unConstitutional. And, like with teaching religion, there is nothing saying that any of these people can’t teach their hate and resentment outside of school.

Jul 8, 2015, 9:28 am
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More white supremacy nonsense from Brett Linden. Guess what white people as a group haven"t and aren’t being discriminated against and hispanic culture and history played a major role in Arizona today…

Jul 8, 2015, 3:04 pm
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Don’t you love Cactus Dave’s rationale? Opponents of a racist program that is inherently designed to perpetuate racism are somehow racist. I would ask Dave how in the world that works, but he has conclusively proven that he is incapable of logic, reason, or civility.

Jul 8, 2015, 3:26 pm
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@Bret Linden,

Given that the law has been challenged as being discriminatory, and that the appeals court has sent it back for a trial because there are grounds that “reasonably suggest an intent to discriminate,” the legal question is whether the ban on ethnic studies is itself motivated by race.

Jul 8, 2015, 4:58 pm
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Dylan Smith typed:

@Bret Linden,
Given that the law has been challenged as being discriminatory, and that the appeals court has sent it back for a trial because there are grounds that “reasonably suggest an intent to discriminate,” the legal question is whether the ban on ethnic studies is itself motivated by race.

Why is no one asking the question if the motives to have the program exist are based on race? Isn’t one just as bad as the other?/

Jul 8, 2015, 5:09 pm
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Yeah Bret…it is based on the fact that we have had white studies taught in our nation’s schools for over 200 years and it is time to have coursework that our Latino and children of other backgrounds can relate too..I am sure that you are upset that people in this nation are finally fed up with Confederate Rag waving white supremacists

Jul 8, 2015, 5:43 pm
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Dave, I don’t know how you found the Sentinel but I for one find it regrettable that you have. Based on what I’ve read of your comment history, and your inability to track mentally, I’ve narrowed down your situation to one of three possibilities:

-You’re somewhere between 7 and 13 years of age
-You suffer from a mental illness of some sort
-You have engaged in frequent and prolonged drug use which has resulted in damage to your brain

In any case, this will be the last time I engage in dialogue with you. I have repeatedly tried in good faith to get a civil response out of you, but that is beyond my abilities (and most likely anyone’s). I will do my best to no longer read the idiotic diatribes that you likely refer to as heroic comments, and I will contact Dylan off of here and ask him to fix the “ignore” button…which has been broken for quite some time. I’ve never felt the need to use it before, but I feel the need now.

I will leave you with my opinion that you are an excellent argument in favor of voter suppression of whatever group it is that you belong to.

Jul 8, 2015, 6:13 pm
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Dylan you are a pathetic right wing sociopath who parrots ignorant garbage ...the type of garbage one can find on Fox News. As far as civil response that is a joke considering your rudeness to anyone who disagrees with you. and your last comment makes it clear that you support facsism

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