Or black people.
Or Native American people.
Or, technically, any minority race.
Seriously, you've got to read this law, which can be found here. HB 2281 seeks to outlaw 4 kinds of ethnic studies:
- Classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government.
- Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
- Are designed primarily for pupils or a particular ethnic group.
- Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.
Ok... I'm all for 1, but there aren't any classes that currently teach or promote overthrowing the freaking government, as that is already taken care of in other legislation. Rendering this point useless. Number 2 is fine as well. The less hostility we have, especially in these times, the better.
I'm lost as to the points of 3 & 4.
Let me get this logic straight. Ok, so you're attempting to stop the hatred and racism going on in your state by criminalizing the teaching of minority/ethnic studies, because this kind of education will lead to wanting to overthrow the American government, promote resentment toward a race (wonder which one that is...bet it rhymes with whyte peepl), and cause solidarity between those of minority races. (And that last one is a bad thing?)
You would think the Arizona government would want to look slightly less racist these days, especially as the mayor of Phoenix has recently stated their economy is barely hanging on due to boycotts. This is the kind of legislation that doesn't make a lick of sense. Just like sex education isn't going to make kids want to have sex, learning how the white guys in the US government did some bad things to minorities over the years isn't going to cause riots in the street.
However, covering up historical facts to keep our children in the dark in order to make yourself look better...THAT might make people pissed off. Like me. I am against any governing body that would seek to keep our children in the dark about historical fact. I know our history isn't pretty, but it's our history. Unless we acknowledge the mistakes of the past, we're doomed to repeat them.
And, not to beat the very dead horse, but Arizona is attempting to whitewash US history by not allowing students to learn about slavery, the awful things done (and still being done) to Native Americans, etc. They're attempting to forget the past. Oh look...persecution of a minority! History...repeating?
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Love and Lyte,