Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer signs bill banning ethnic studies!

Meaning: the end of organized nonwhite racialism and the demonization of whites in the public schools.

With a look that says, “Make my day,”
a governor who defies liberal orthodoxy

The AP reports:

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. [LA replies: don’t you love the AP’s factual and objective lead paragraph?]

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.

[end of AP story]

Here’s a less slanted account from Breitbart. Note also that it tells why the UN human rights experts objected to the bill. They say it violates “the right of everyone to have access to his or her own cultural and linguistic heritage.” Meaning that if Mexicans move to the United States, they have the “right” to have U.S. schools educate them in their Mexican heritage and identity. A recipe for a sort of borderless “cultural welfare” state.

Arizona Governor bans ethnic studies program
May 12 01:28 PM US/Eastern
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, pictured in April 2010, has courted fresh cont …

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has courted fresh controversy by signing a bill banning an ethnic studies program, just weeks after approving the state’s tough new immigration law.

Brewer approved a bill late Tuesday, promoted by the state’s schools boss, Tom Horne, who has said that the program run by the Tucson school district promotes a “destructive ethnic chauvinism.”

Tucson school officials have insisted the program only aims to provide students with courses about the role of minorities in historical events such as the Vietnam war or literature courses featuring Latino authors.

The bill signed by Brewer on Tuesday prohibits any classes which promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, or are tailored for pupils from a particular racial group.

The law was approved by Brewer despite condemnation from a panel of United Nations human rights experts released several hours earlier.

In a lengthy statement condemning Arizona’s immigration law, the experts said the education bill was at odds with “the right of everyone to have access to his or her own cultural and linguistic heritage.”

“Everyone has the right to seek and develop cultural knowledge and to know and understand his or her own culture and that of others through education and information,” the UN panel said.

Brewer attracted outrage after approving an immigration law last month which makes it a crime in Arizona to lack proper immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people are in the country illegally.

Civil rights activists say the law will open the door to racial profiling by law enforcement officers. Supporters of the law say the bill expressly forbids police from stopping someone on the basis of their ethnicity.

[end of Breitbart story]

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 12, 2010 04:06 PM | Send

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