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Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies

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I think this is long overdue! We need more governors like her!

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district's 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.

"It's just like the old South, and it's long past time that we prohibited it," Horne said.

Brewer's signature on the bill Tuesday 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. The governor has said profiling will not be tolerated.

The measure signed Tuesday 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.

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, a Republican running for attorney general, said the program promotes "ethnic chauvinism" and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race. He's been trying to restrict it ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta told students in 2006 that "Republicans hate Latinos."

District officials said the program doesn't promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.

The measure 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.

About 1,500 students at six high schools are enrolled in the Tucson district's 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 saying 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.

Arce could not immediately be reached after Brewer signed the bill late Tuesday.


[B]As for the idiots in San Friscisco and Los Angeles city council, along with a few other people in other areas of the country that want to boycott Arizona because of their crack down on illegal immagration, I say lets ship all all these illegals to these cities. THE FUCKING IDIOTS!

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May 12 @ 3:51PM  
Ship them to hell where they belong, good blog

May 12 @ 4:29PM  
I think MLK would have approved of this bill.........JMO....
It's all about a person's merit...not race.

May 12 @ 6:14PM  
Ship them to hell where they belong,
Now just look at all that hate.

May 12 @ 7:49PM  
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,

So true. Too bad it doesn't happen that way.

May 13 @ 9:12AM  
I am very much on board with this. The promotion of one race over another is Racism. But, good luck convincing Al and Jesse on that one.

May 13 @ 9:50AM  
I think that many cry "racism" when the words illegal immigrant are mentioned. I understand that many of the "illegal immigrants" cross the border in search of a better life for themselves and their families. But the fact remains that they do so illegally. The ends don't justify the means. And before I'm corralled into the pen with the racists, just let me say that my ancestors immigrated to this country, only they did so legally. Isn't that all is being asked, that it be done legally? I'm not advocating not letting any specific group of people so long as they come here legallly.

Jun 3 @ 4:54PM  
Would somebody Please just get them out of my Orchards? They have stolen water by taking showers in my stables (After the water bill rose to over $100 a mo. I capped that faucet),Been caught sleeping in my vehicles & peeing on my fence....
Besides,the way they stare @ my daughter & I when we run in the morning is going to get one of them killed.........
Everytime Ive called the cops,they just run them off.....Im sure I would have at LEAST received a trespassing volation had I been peeing in someones yard....

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Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies