By now most of you have heard about the new bill that Arizona is taking heat for that bans some ethnic studies courses.
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, already under fire for approving the nation’s toughest illegal immigration law, has again run afoul of liberal activists, signing a bill Wednesday that targets ethnic studies programs in schools that critics say unfairly demean white Americans.
The law, which takes effect Dec. 31, would prohibit courses that promote resentment toward one race; that are designed for students of one race; that promote ethnic solidarity “instead of treating students as individuals;” and that encourage “the overthrow of the United States government.”
The proposal was the brainchild of Tom Horne, Arizona state superintendent of public instruction, who has long battled with the Tucson Unified School District over its Mexican-American studies program, contending that it promotes “ethnic chauvinism” through the use of textbooks such as “Oppressed America” and at least one guest speaker who said, “Republicans hate Latinos.” – source
As a HBCU grad who loved all of the African American studies classes I had, I was disturbed by the language in this bill. The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. I feel that legally, some of the points in the law would be very hard to define. CNN did a great job of bringing this out.
What do you think? Would your African American studies class be banned under this bill? What is wrong with ethnic solidarity? Couldn’t one argue that American history as it is traditionally taught could easily promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group (ie. “Cowboys and Indians”)?