Bill to ban separatist studies sent to Gov. Brewer

FOX News reports that the Arizona Legislature has sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill that would ban ethnic studies programs that advocate separatism and racial preferences.

House Bill 2281 would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

It would be tough to argue with that!

The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide. Schools that fail to abide by the law would have state funds withheld.

State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Horne called passage in the state House a victory for the principle that education should unite, not divide students of differing backgrounds.

“Traditionally, the American public school system has brought together students from different backgrounds and taught them to be Americans and to treat each other as individuals, and not on the basis of their ethnic backgrounds,” Horne said. “This is consistent with the fundamental American value that we are all individuals, not exemplars of whatever ethnic groups we were born into. Ethnic studies programs teach the opposite, and are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism,” he said.

Horne began fighting in 2007 against the Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) program, which he said defied Martin Luther King’s call to judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. The ethnic studies or Raza program encourages “ethnic chauvinism,” promotes Latinos to rise up and create a new territory out of the southwestern region of the United States while intimidating conservative teachers in the school system.  This is the letter Superintendent Horne wrote regarding the termination of the ethnic studies program.

National Review Online’s Liam Julian wrote this stunning account: Come Study La Raza: Grievance and Distortion 101. It’s worth your time to familiarize yourself with this deplorable program.

We previously wrote Travesty in Tucson, which included links to syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin‘s coverage of the TUSD.

12 Responses to Bill to ban separatist studies sent to Gov. Brewer

  1. Carl in LD19 says:

    It’s way past time to shut down ethnic study classes. They are nothing more than a dividing tool to malcontents looking to recruit/create more ethnic malcontents to take down whoever they perceive as “the man”. Cut their funding and make it illegal to teach hate in our schools. What is so difficult to understand about that? Let’s continue to kick the *sses of these seditionists and racists in every way imaginable. Racism is un-American.

  2. Villanova says:

    This is another A+ for Tom Horne. He was also instrumental in the case that bears his name Horne v. Flores (the English Language Learners lawsuit) that ended up winning at the U.S. Supreme Court. It was a travesty that Terry Goddard and Janet Napolitano (both Democrats) supported the millions of dollars in penalties that were assessed against the taxpayers of the state by Federal Judge Raner Collins.

    The 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision reversed a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

    Thank you, Mr. Horne!

  3. TOLL FOR THEE says:

    TUSD is a miserable monster. As the largest school district in the State of Arizona, and the oldest, it breeds mediocrity at best. It would be scary to live in Tucson. When Raytheon, the largest employer in Southern Arizona, pulls the plug because of the uneducated and unskilled workforce necessary to sustain it, we can all rest easy knowing that La Raza will be ready to economically sustain the region. We all know La Raza trumps marketable job skills and the ability to think and learn.

    HB 2281 is an excellent idea and probably long overdue. It speaks to my last comments suggesting our country cannot stand if its citizens do not respect it.

    My thoughts these days are that all freedom-loving citizens, Americans, should pull their children from public schools. It is unfortunate that public schools have become the vehicle for left-leaning, socialist values (there are many excellent charter schools to look at). Secondly, I encourage all freedom-loving Americans to turn off the idiot box. Yes, stop watching television and buying liberal publication, and in particular those channels that continue to demonize those who represent a free society. Third, do your research and vote. Remember that every vote counts at every level. We must do all we can to elect officials who are fair, intelligent, and support freedom and less government. Fourth, run for office. Exercise leadership and be willing to take the lumps that come from holding public office. If not you, then who? Fifth, use your voice, speak up. The only reason the Holocaust happened was because good people said nothing. “The only necessary for evil to prosper is for good men and women to say and do nothing.” Sixth, watch where and how you spend your hard-earned money. Know who you are supporting financially. Seventh, pay very close attention to unions and be hesitant to support those candidates they support. I spent many years with a union and my personal opinion is that unions are doing more to corrupt our communities than illegal immigration. I say this because teachers, police, and firefighters’ unions prey on public sympathies, and then support and elect left-leaning candidates who, as we are witnessing, create larger, oppressive governments. This aside from raping the public with unsustainable salaries, benefits, and pensions. Last, and most importantly, learn to become more self-sufficient and independent. Lean less and less upon the government.

    So, I suppose that was a rant. A brief digression from a frustrated American. To your point, HB 2281 is a good idea. I don’t care what color someone is, but it does matter to me that they are law-abiding citizens who support the very democracy that gives them the freedom to trash it. And if they don’t support it, at the very least they understand it and can intelligently debate it.

  4. sherriaz says:

    Great news on this latest bill-another one for other states to emulate. The Reconquista agenda is strong in California which is one reason we moved. Then we found out it was alive and kicking around AZ, especially in Tucson. Flying the Mexican flag down there is no big deal. You should see the murals in their conference center, not to mention the issue with the Mexican flag at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum- which we have never visited since because I can’t stomach their politics.

    Illegals best hurry with that packing because this summer is going to be heating up for them in more ways than one!

  5. Hometown Guy says:

    This is a fine bill!! Tom Horne must be basking in the glow of this victory on behalf of Arizona’s citizens. I also thank the legislators who crafted it and got it through. This bill and the one causing all of the commotion are going to benefit Gov. Brewer’s election. Just keep signing these, ma’m!

    Terry Goddard wouldn’t have touched either one with a ten-foot pole!

  6. Pima Pal says:

    The Tucson Unified School District should be shut down! It needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, and I don’t mean the buildings! I know of what I speak!Enough said.
    Good bill! Kudos to all concerned!

  7. Kathy says:

    Wonder what McCain thinks about this new legislation? Since he has spoken at La Raza meetings & receives campaign contributions from them. Still no word from his bud – Juan Hernandez.

  8. sherriaz says:

    Just read about all the marches being planned for this weekend through next week. Good thing I avoid Phoenix like the plague and wouldn’t go to L.A. or S.F. for anything. The real hoot is that Oakland,CA is boycotting us. OAKLAND? The cesspool of the Bay Area? Do you mean to say we won’t have radical Muslims and Black Panthers coming here to tell us how to run our neighborhoods?

    GREAT! Please boycott us into the next century!

    Can we also get Detroit, Chicago and New York to boycott us?

  9. LD 7 PC says:

    The fact that this bill was necessary tells me all I need to know about what’s really going on in our schools. Tom Horne has been vigilant in addressing this Raza garbage passing as education. He’s running for attorney general. Superintendent Horne is the one to support in that race.

  10. Flying V says:

    Great bill! Good work! Brewer will sign it because it is the right thing to do. Undercutting the United States of America to the benefit of racist Raza (“The Race”)studies cannot stand. When will wewake up andsmell the coffee here? Mexico not only wants our money and our jobs. It wants our land!

  11. DeAnn says:

    Tom Horne is good on this issue. Andrew Thomas has been fighting against illegal immigration and is the best person for attorney general. Tom Horne has many, many other beliefs that would make a lousy attorney general.

  12. Blackbeard says:

    Thomas is gone. He has left the issue and the sheriff to a Board of Supervisors appointed county attorney. The Board hated him for his criminal charges against them, judges and others, and would not appoint someone who followed in his footsteps. joe Arpaio no longer has a partner in cases involving illegals. If Thomas wins as attorney general he will not be able to do this “important” work, since the duties of the two offices are in no way the same. The work was only “important” in getting him elected and getting him a base of support.