University of Arizona Chicano and Gender Studies (including “queer theory“) Professor Sandra Soto addresses graduates at the commencement ceremony at the Social and Behavioral Sciences ceremony this past weekend.
According to KVOA-TV in Tucson, there was a mixed reaction from the audience. Some booed, some applauded, others walked out.
Soto’s speech centered on protesting Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law, (SB 1070), and against another new law (SB 2281), which bans radical and separatist ethnic studies programs in K-12 schools. John Paul Jones, the dean of the college, eventually approached a separate microphone to request “civil discourse.”
State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Horne, has done a masterful job of exposing the Raza studies program and working to remove it. The ethnic studies included texts titled Occupied America and The Pedagogy of Oppression, promoting the overthrow of the U.S. government. Another text, he said, “gloats over the difficulties our country is having at enforcing its immigration laws.”
“Most of these students’ parents or grandparents came to this country legally because it is the land of opportunity,” Horne said. “They trust our public schools with their children. We should be teaching the students that this is the land of opportunity; they can achieve their ambitions if they work hard.
“They should not be taught that this is the land of oppression.”
Horne is currently running for Arizona Attorney General.