Seriously Arizona? Seriously?
The headline was simple: Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Program Ruled Illegal.
I’m really starting to wonder if Arizona is the new Alabama or something. That’s too bad considering I’m actually a big fan of the geography and natural beauty of Arizona. But when it comes to the politics and the us against them, especially when the them is the Hispanic population, they have lost me. First the ugly laws designed to push illegals out, a move that most rightfully saw as overstepping the state’s boundaries and also one that too easily targeted anyone with Mexican heritage, and now this.
I’m might have to get like Thelma and Louise and start driving around the state of Arizona to get to New Mexico and Texas. The wierdest part of the ruling was this this:
Kowal’s ruling, first reported by The Arizona Daily Star, said the district’s Mexican-American Studies program violated state law by having one or more classes designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoting racial resentment and advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.
The judge, who found grounds to withhold 10 percent of the district’s monthly state aid until it comes into compliance, said the law permits the objective instruction about the oppression of people that may result in racial resentment or ethnic solidarity.
Which means in the state of Arizona, according to this, there can be no ethnic studies of any kind. Save of course for the standard teachings based on predominantly European perspectives. I am sure the intent of that law was a good one. But a reality that doesn’t allow for cultural studies, which is not the same as teaching a “racial” separation is silly. There is a difference. One that Arizona clearly does not get.
But then again, maybe they do and this isn’t about the class. Here is a link to the full article.