I learned tonight from Professor Nolan Cabrera that ethnic studies supporters have prevailed in court!
In 2010, Arizona Republicans passed a measure, HB 2281, that sought to ban ethnic studies programs in public schools. Specifically, the bill set out to ban courses that “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group,” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”
Who perpetrated this censorship? Mother Jones reported,
John Huppenthal, a state senator who helped pass the law… Despite an independent audit in 2011 that found “no observable evidence” the Mexican American studies program violated Arizona law, Huppenthal rejected the finding…
He [also] refused to apologize for inflammatory remarks he made anonymously on different websites before and during his time as state superintendent: Under different pseudonyms, Huppenthal lambasted the program’s teachers, likening them to the Ku Klux Klan and saying the classes “use the exact same technique that Hitler used in his rise to power,” according to court documents.
After the events of Charlottesville, the false equivocation by former Senator Huppenthal is readily apparent and appalling.
No only did freedom of speech, thought and justice prevail in court today, but, as the Huff Post reported:
The most lasting thing from this whole legal struggle ― people have become aware of this issue. We’ve formed all these relationships. People see real promise.
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