Arizona’s Ban on Ethnic Studies Worries More Than Latinos

Via Scoop.itCommunity Village Daily Activist

Horne’s opposition to the program began in 2007 after United Farm Worker activist Dolores Huerta made a comment during a public speaking event at Tucson High School that “Republicans hate Latinos.” In protest, Horne wrote a letter criticizing the La Raza Program and its use of certain books in the curriculum, including “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos,” by Rodolfo Acuna, a professor and founder of the Chicano studies program at Cal State Northridge.   The state law may have been designed to crack down on a single program in the Tucson school district, but educators across the state say it will have far-reaching effects.   “This is another way of silencing others’ history,” said Myla Vicenti Carpio, an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona (ASU), voicing her personal opposition to the law. “For them to say, we don’t want ethnic studies, it means that these specific histories aren’t important and that they are threatening this narrative that America is great and doesn’t do anything wrong.”
Via www.blackradionetwork.com

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