Arizona Restricts Ethnic Studies Progams
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, fresh off her signing of the harshest immigration law in the country, has signed a bill that restricts the teaching of ethnic studies.
The law prohibits the teaching of any classes that promote “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.”
Neither the governor nor the bill’s supporters have identified examples where a Chicano studies class has advocated the “overthrow” of the federal government, and the bill’s opponents in the state have expressed outrage over what they see as a law that unfairly targets Hispanics.
So the law stops something that isn’t happening, but is another slap in the face of those who don’t happen to be white.