"Ethnic Studies Angers the Ethnics" says Arizona
It’s official. Arizona doesn’t particularly care for minorities…
I jokingly said earlier this week that they sort of liked Black People due to their cool Negro Commission. Forget the fact that some years back they weren’t too hot (GET IT!) on the whole idea of Martin Luther King, I mean because really; Who was? But with Gov. Jan Brewer‘s latest decree, it seems that you can’t even be TAUGHT specifically about the differences in our culture & histories. Yes, the same country that was BUILT on DIFFERENT CULTURES, now has a place that won’t allow you to LEARN the stories behind said cultures.
(CNN) — Fresh on the heels of a new immigration law that has led to calls to boycott her state, Arizona’s governor has signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that “promote resentment” of other racial groups.
Gov. Jan Brewer approved the measure without public statement Tuesday, according to state legislative records. The new law forbids elementary or secondary schools to teach classes that are “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” and advocate “the overthrow of the United States government” or “resentment toward a race or class of people.”
Um…what do you mean by “resentment?” Because lets be honest here. Slavery might cause a little “resentment.” The founding of this COUNTRY might cause a little “resentment.” The expansion of our country WEST might cause a little “RESENTMENT.” So exactly what are we going to teach the children of Arizona?
“Listen. America is AWESOME. We’ve always BEEN awesome. There is nothing different about any of you kids–What? Your uncle was just tackled this morning and asked for papers? Well…he might be different…but we don’t need to get into that.” – Arizona Teaching Syllabus
Here’s what pops into my head. Jan Brewer knew EXACTLY the outcry that would go down upon signing this into law. The buzz about Arizona possibly banning ethnic studies has been around for weeks. She KNEW what minorities–hell, even a crap load of NON-minorities–would think about it and basically said,
“I, Jan Brewer, sayeth unto thee…Go ‘eff yourself.” - Gov. Jan Brewer’s inner monologue
Banning Ethnic studies means banning mostly all of the history that’s taught in America today. Can we honestly pretend that there isn’t a heavy skewing of perspective in what’s placed in front of kids today? The skewing, just so happens to be, as Michael Eric Dyson points out, towards White America.
Do you understand how annoyed I am to have to sit here and AGREE with the Hip Hop Professor Michael Eric Dyson?!?!? Are you happy Jan Brewer?
Arizona school Superintendent Tom Horne quoted one his teachers as saying Chicano studies creates anger in students. Really? You mean when America took land from them and now requires their descendants to carry papers proving a right to BE here, on occasion, stirs a bit of vitriol for the o’ Red, White and Blue? Thats just CRAZY talk. Superintendent Horne even went as far as saying that it was a DOWNER…AN EFFING DOWNER to teach those types of things.
Last year I pointed out that it felt like we were going back to 1952. I might have been wrong. Perhaps 1852…
Besides the fact that Arizona is now just plain ol’ scary, we really should be nervous about all of this. This doesn’t feel like just some crazy old crazies being crazy. This feels more like “The Beginning.” The line is being drawn in the sand and depending on how this plays out, we may watch the clock turn backwards on our supposedly “awesome” society.
Well, at least Gucci Mane is free…