Az. Gov. Bans Ethnic Studies Over ‘Smash the Gringo’ Fears

May 13, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The divisive racial politics in Arizona are reaching a crescendo of fear, hate and xenophobia. Just days after signing a draconian anti-immigration bill into law that permits racial profiling, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes in the state’s public schools. The bill outlaws any optional program that teaches the culture and heritage of ethnic groups, including Asian, African-American and Hispanic classes.

This overreaching law stems from the worst sort of nativist identity politics. Doug Nick, the federal liaison for the Arizona Dept. of Education appeared on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ show Hardball in support of the law, spewing racial fearmongering, saying Hispanic classes “radicalized” students and promoted violent action to “smash the gringo.”

The law bans classes that “promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group and advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.”

On the same day Gov. Brewer signed the bill into law, a report released by United Nations human rights experts condemned both the anti-immigration law and the ethnic studies ban. The report, said the censorship of ethnic classes is “at odds with the State’s responsibility to respect the right of everyone to have access to his or her own cultural and linguistic heritage and to participate in cultural life.”

The law was drafted by Nick’s boss Tom Horne, the state superintendent of public instruction. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Horne is running for the Republican nomination for state attorney general. His opponent is an ally of controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And a law banning ethnic studies is just the ticket for Horne to establish his nativist bona fides.

As reported by Talking Points Memo, Horne is heavily promoting the new law on his campaign website:

“Horne’s campaign website currently includes headlines like “Tom Horne Championed Bill to Ban Ethnic Studies” and “Alarming Video Shows a L.A. Teacher Calling for Mexican Revolt in the U.S.” above a picture of Hispanic protesters of the law dressed in quasi-paramilitary garb and bearing pictures of Cesar Chavez.”

Although the ban on ethnic studies applies to all public schools, Horne wrote the bill to particularly target the ethnic-studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. He claims the classes are segregated by race and promote “resentment” against whites.

Sean Arce, director of the Mexican-American studies department in the Tucson district, says Horne’s claims that ethnic classes are segregated is false. And classes do not radicalize students against whites. “In no way do we teach the resentment of any particular group of people,” he said.

During his appearance with Chris Matthews, Doug Nick did nothing to dissuade opponents of the law, believing it to be just another harsh nativist measure to single out Latinos. He used over-the-top rhetoric, claiming ethnic studies cause the “indoctrination” and “radicalization” of students, forcing them to believe they are oppressed by whites.

And he made the ludicrous claim that learning about the Latino culture, promoted students to “rise up and smash the gringo.”


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9 Responses to “Az. Gov. Bans Ethnic Studies Over ‘Smash the Gringo’ Fears”

  1. Unemployed Jeff on May 13th, 2010 11:17 pm

    I strongly support stricter Arizona Immigrant Law and banned Ethnic Studies because I had enormously experienced in reverse discrimination, prejudiced and taunted by minorities. Ethnic Studies effectively promoted racism and created a bigotry against common American people. For example, looked at what happening last week in Live Oaks High School in Morgan Hill – 200 Latino students walked out of the school for their protest of five students who wore American patriotic flags and decals that led these five students to expel from the school by the order of Latino assistant principal. A large gang of Mexican-American students yelled “Mexico!” and taunted to a white male in a wheelchair who waved the American flag – it was offensively racial and anti-American disturbing. How could Mexican-American students desecrate American flags and mock our American rights and dignity on the land of the freedom?

    After I left Riverside, California 24 years ago, I recently visited my old friend there and he despondently told me that California already became Mexifornia. I was deeply shocked to see the result of the deteriorating quality of life and depressing living condition in California – high taxes with eroded services, state bankruptcies, reverse racial discrimination, a glut of illegal immigrants, and high crime. Illegal immigrants certainly destroy the golden state of California. We knew that bigotry-minded Latino-majority Los Angeles city councils boycotted Arizona for their protest of stricter Arizona Immigrant Law. They will pay the heavy price to boycott other state, divide the country and tear down our American civilization,

    Eventually American civilization will fall imminently and thanks to clandestinely racist-minded President Obama who certainly extinguishes our country by letting several millions of illegal aliens roaming freely and creating racial tensions among multi-ethnic American people to end up a huge divisions of tribalism across the country. We feel sad to see this happens because Obama and his backers want to intimidate underground white militias to come out for the war in order to put them a label of “infamous racist terrorists.” It is not worth to have this kind of racial civil war that we never want. Obama – think before you play a media game on American people for the idea of racism and outcry over stricter Arizona immigrant law. Economy and jobs are major priorities for American people who need badly financially help!

  2. Yankee Phyllis on May 14th, 2010 7:45 am

    I am 100% behind arizona and will support any business from arizona. the liberals are wanting to disolve the usa and have wanted this for a long time, but now they have a president and congress who are are helping their hurtful motives. Arizona and Texas should be the first states to pull out of the union. I am from Michigan and will move south I hope soon. I am sick of the liberal crap spewing forth is my own area. We must protect the greatest nation in the world to survive. we dont need to be another un socialist ‘state’ with others in control of our lives and livelihood.
    YEA Arizona. keep up the good work.

  3. apparently the only non racist person left on May 14th, 2010 9:14 am

    Before you know it they wont celebrate black history month is Arizona either. It’s just going to become a white supremecy state. no other races allowed. it will be full of KKK before we know it. i definitely think this is a step backwards, but as they say, history repeats itself…

  4. Aabra on May 14th, 2010 7:26 pm

    Ban the teaching of European History! ‘Know who was European? That’s right: Hitler.

  5. WhiteJesus on May 15th, 2010 9:41 am

    OK, now stop blatantly forcing Euro-centric studies down everybody’s throats and make Native, Mexican, and African-American studies a regular part of American history, not just one month out the year…

  6. joe on May 16th, 2010 2:15 pm

    “signing a draconian anti-immigration bill into law”

    you’re an ignorant lying whore for the anti-american la raza.

    You like that idiot Holder pretending to be our AG HAVE NOT READ THE LAW.

    It simply has Arizona LEOs enforcing EXISTING FEDERAL LAW.

    Too bad you are one of those illiterate leftist morons who prefers NO BORDERS NO CULTURE AND NO LAW.

    With any luck some illegals will come and take care of you.

  7. oatka on May 16th, 2010 3:30 pm

    “Doug Nick, the federal liaison for the Arizona Dept. of Education appeared on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ show Hardball in support of the law, spewing racial fearmongering, saying Hispanic classes “radicalized” students and promoted violent action to “smash the gringo.”

    Radicalized is right, as the students, no Anglos please, were taught that the Southwest was “stolen” from Mexico and that “Reconquista” was needed.

    The Tucson university used an accredited teacher (who was only allowed to grade tests) and packed the course wirh uncredited La Raza and Arzlan “instructors” (think Josef Goebbels).

    Education has become the hideout for radical and extremists to indoctrinate the youth. Civics is no longer taught in many High Schools. It’s much easier to manipulate a public that has no clue of the our history and the principles upon which we were founded.

    Doug Nick is Spot On.

  8. Stanley Smith on May 16th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Hey, sparky! Make a decision, OK? There are no “native Americans.” We’re all “Out of Africa,” remember? If you’re for Open Borders, you’re either an illegal alien or an idiot…. maybe both.

    If you like illegal Mexicans and all the crime and disease that goes along with them, why not just illegally migrate to Mexican yourself? That way, you can personally experience how Mexico would treat you… but we both know Liberals don’t really want that. They want to sit on their asses in the USA and tell everyone else how very special and open-minded they are for asking everyone else to pick up the tab for all of the Illegals.

    Sorry. Just not going to do that anymore. They all need to be deported. Now. And I really don’t give a shit how many weepy stories about “the children” are posted. Let Mexico and the Mexicans take care of their children and I’ll take care of mine.

  9. Zac on July 7th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Yep, anybody who doesn’t want to pick up the tab for these people is a racist. Sure. And I like how the word “nativist” is used as an insult. What is a nativist, exactly? Somebody who loves the USA? Sombody who doesn’t want our homeland opened up for colonization by millions of third-world invaders?

    How long do you suppose this left-wing anger would last if the immigrants all started voting Republican? I’d guess five seconds. The dems in congress would immediately start pushing for deportation and border security.

    The races will never get along in this country as long as they are encouraged to separate themselves and have their own special classes, own special holidays, own special history months, and their own advocacy groups. But then, special treatment of minorities is how dems get elected, so I guess we won’t see much change in that area.

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