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Latino Studies Program the First Victim of Arizona Ban

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Posted on Jan 8, 2011

Arizona is at it again. A controversial law governing ethnic studies programs has taken effect in the state. The first victim: the Tucson school district’s Mexican-American program. —JCL

The New York Times:

The class began with a Mayan-inspired chant and a vigorous round of coordinated hand clapping. The classroom walls featured protest signs, including one that said “United Together in La Lucha!” — the struggle. Although open to any student at Tucson High Magnet School, nearly all of those attending Curtis Acosta’s Latino literature class on a recent morning were Mexican-American.

For all of that and more, Mr. Acosta’s class and others in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American program have been declared illegal by the State of Arizona — even while similar programs for black, Asian and American Indian students have been left untouched.

“It’s propagandizing and brainwashing that’s going on there,” Tom Horne, Arizona’s newly elected attorney general, said this week as he officially declared the program in violation of a state law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

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By Doc Rivers, January 16, 2012 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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A nation that forgets its past has no future.

Taking these programs away from the students amounts to hate mongering. Yes, hate mongering.

Wait, hear me out.

Maybe today Alabama can make it illegal to be a Negro or half Negro, illegal to teach about the White Masters of slavery, and how many slaves moved after getting their emancipation, because of the living conditions. Negros just need to know there place! and its not in the history books of the White Monarchy. Lets make it effective on MLK Day!  WOW now thats not

This style of teaching only takes those who are educated and can afford to leave away from this environment of hate mongering.

My personal response is “Viva La Raza en Aztlan”

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By Whitehat, January 10, 2011 at 12:31 am Link to this comment
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Why should new citizens discard their history and
culture to become “American”? The pilgrims brought
their own culture and religion to Plymouth Rock.
Should all later arrivals adapt to the culture and
language of the pilgrims? What about the Irish, the
Italians, the Africans, the Germans, the Portuguese,
the Jews? Should they all have discarded their native
cultures and become calvinists?

Let’s recognize that the definition of “American” is
still evolving and includes significant contributions
from various latino groups - not the least of which
is Spanish as an alternate language.

Let’s also recognize that Tucson is located on a
piece of land that once belonged to Mexico (before
the US engineered a purchase in a distress sale. Many
historians say the distress was largely caused by US
military aggression). The local history cannot be
banned out of existence by declaring a school program
to be illegal.

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By Jim Yell, January 9, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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I lean way to the left on most things, but I think it a waste of money to use public schools to insulate new citizens from becoming American. I am uneasy about the loss of knowledgee about our country even among descendants of people who have been here since the beginning of European Settlement.

The only group I feel that deserves special consideration are Native Americans. We have treaty obligations to them and moral obligations to support their culture, but we do not owe this consideration to illegal entries, nor for that matter do we owe it to legal entries.

What we owe them and ourselves is a good education and as complete knowledge of our laws and history as we can give. For celebrations of the cultures they came from they have their churches and social groups that they support and should make this from their own pockets and that I think is reasonable.

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