Ruling: Ethnic studies classes break Arizona law

Tucson schools must drop Mexican-American Studies or lose 10 percent of state funding, ruled an administrative law judge, who found the ethnic classes violate Arizona law. The 2010 law bans courses that are “designed for a specific ethnic group” or advocate “ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” It also bans fanning “racial resentment.”

Ignoring the history of  “oppression and racism” will promote resentment, a school district witness testified. But Judge Lewis Kowal found the classes went beyond “teaching oppression objectively” to “actively presenting material in a biased, political, and emotionally charged manner.”

“Teaching in such a manner promotes social or political activism against the white people, promotes racial resentment, and advocates ethnic solidarity, instead of treating pupils as individuals,” Kowal wrote. He cited a lesson that taught students that the historic treatment of Mexican-Americans was “marked by the use of force, fraud and exploitation,” and a parent’s complaint that one of her daughters, who was white, was shunned by Latino classmates after a government course was taught “in an extremely biased manner.”

A group of teachers are challenging the law in federal court, arguing it was motivated by “a racial bias and anti-Hispanic beliefs and sentiments.”

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  1. Sounds to me like those “ethnic studies” courses were created with racial bias and anti-American beliefs and sentiments.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    That was the point. Removing racial bias and anti-American beliefs and sentiments is attacking Hispanics.
    But, no worries. All our previous immigrants have assimilated easily and smoothly.
    Old, old comedy story or perhaps a series:
    T*H*E E*D*U*C*A*T*I*O*N O*F H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N
    Some cultural confusion but no anti-American sentiments. Ethnocentric chauvinism masquerading as “fun”. Sarc.

  3. Much like religion and politics, shouldn’t they learn racial hatred at home?

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    Darren. That leaves too much to chance. As Bill Cable once remarked, “They’ve got to be carefully taught.”

  5. This reminds me of my Cultural Diversity class. As an exercise in White Privilege reversed, a young white female student was seated in the middle of a circle of chairs in which sat students of color, who attacked and berated her for being white. After fifteen minutes the girl broke down and fled the classroom in tears. She never returned to class, but as the professor explained, it was just an exercise to show white people the harm we’ve all done to POCs everywhere. The white students hung their heads in shame. They “knew” they were evil. No voices were raised in defense of the white victim of the exercise. Well, she probably deserved it anyway. She was white, wasn’t she?

    • Funny, my friends and I just did the same thing to a POC the other day… I guess the professor wasn’t exaggerating when he stated that us whites have done that to POCs everywhere.
      Personally, I’d love to take a turn in the circle and laugh at all of them.