Arizona Superintendent Wants To Ban Ethnic Studies From Colleges

The state of Arizona has banned ethnic studies classes in high schools. The argument was that by telling the truth, white people would be made to look bad, or something like that. Now, Arizona’s superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal wants to extend the white washing to the University system.

From Fox News Latino:

“I think that’s where this toxic thing starts from, the universities,” Arizona Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal said in an interview with Fox News Latino.

“To me, the pervasive problem was the lack of balance going on in these classes,” Huppenthal said.

Naturally, civil rights groups aren’t happy with the move to ban ethnic studies. 27 organizations, including the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) has filed a suit in federal court.

Devon Pena, NACCS Past Chair, said: “We support the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District and are united in opposition to academic discrimination against Mexican American and Ethnic Studies. This respected field of study has been unjustly targeted and demonized by Arizona authorities, which is strangling the pursuit of a comprehensive education and silencing the perspective of Mexican Americans and their cultural background. This law has resulted in censorship of important books and eliminated a program with proven academic success for traditionally neglected students.”

“Arizona’s discrimination against Mexican American and Ethnic Studies is unconstitutional,” said Vince Rabago, a lawyer representing the organizations. “The State is arguing that ‘State’s rights’ allow them to restrict curriculum in a discriminatory manner against Mexican Americans. This is comparable to the days after desegregation where states tried to restrict efforts to reach equality. These organizations from across the country support the bedrock principles of Equal Protection and the First Amendment in an academic context,” said Rabago.

Arizona has become one of the most extremist states in the nation, with laws the interfere with the rights of women, Latinos and now, anyone who wants a well-rounded education. The state’s newly implemented policies are already beginning to affect tourism. One can only imagine that taking away options for those in college could result in a lower enrollment of out-of-state students, which would mean far less money for the public universities.

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