Education Department Considers Probe of Ethnic-Studies Issue

Emily Gersema, AZ Central, January 27, 2012

U.S. Department of Education officials are considering a request by the 21 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to investigate allegations of civil-rights violations by Arizona’s enforcement of a new law barring racially-divisive classes.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat who is a caucus member, said he had spoken Friday with the caucus chairman, U.S. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, D-Texas, and officials from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights about the Tucson Unified School District’s recent decision to end its Mexican-American studies program.

Earlier this week, the caucus sent a letter to the office demanding an investigation for alleged civil-rights violations. The caucus argues that the program’s elimination is a violation of students’ constitutional and First Amendment rights.

Federal officials “advised us that they’re evaluating it,” Grijalva said Friday. “Now that it (the program’s elimination) has been implemented, they have cause to evaluate it.”

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The school board’s decision earlier this month stopped Arizona Superintendent of Public Schools John Huppenthal from cutting millions of dollars from the district’s budget as a penalty for alleged violations of the state ethnic-studies law that he wrote with help from his predecessor, now-Attorney General Tom Horne.

Huppenthal had declared the program illegal under the law, which bans classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, encourage resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed solely for students of a certain ethnicity, and that advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of students as individuals.

The board’s decision and Huppenthal’s allegations have angered many of the 700 students who were enrolled in the now-dismantled classes, and have prompted a series of student-led marches and protests this month.

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  • sarah stein

    If the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Hispanic-Jewish Caucus, and Congressional Black Caucus are looking for civil rights violations, they need to investigate the practice of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute giving scholarships to latinos only.  

  • Anonymous

    Is there a better example illustrating that Hispanics do not want assimilation but domination and control and to be regarded as a separate group from people considered Americans?

    This multicultural empire is a total failure.

    And, yes, I’m with the faction that is of the opinion it will soon implode.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Correct. If these Third World invaders really wanted to assimilate they would be cheering for this law instead of trying to overturn it.

      After all, why else would they support courses that teach Latinos to hate whites while advocating the overthrow of the gov’t in order to bring about the Reconquista?

  • If the Hispanics of Arizona, in their local schools, can have ethnic oriented classes and seminars that support their pride in their form of nationalism, why can’t pro European nationalists do the same thing in public schools? Why can’t we have Jared Taylor come speak to a High School in Nebraska about pride in Western Civilization?  What is good for the goose is good for the gander.  There needs to be balance, and of course in our politically correct world, there isn’t. 
    Q.

  • Whiteman

    “If the Hispanics of Arizona, in their local schools, can have ethnic oriented classes and seminars that support their pride in their form of nationalism, why can’t pro European nationalists do the same thing in public schools”? 
    This idea has come up in the media before, the ending of ‘segregation’, i guess i’ll call it. Ending these special groups was talked about as a means to prevent a new white group that was attempting to form. A white teachers union on campus, an association of white engineers on campus, white united students on campus, and courses dedicated to whites, and not ones demonizing them, this would be one way the public could be persuaded to get rid of these race based groups and classes. Nothing ever came of it. The white group never formed or was never given accredidation.

  • sarah stein

    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic-Jewish Caucus should investigate the Congressional Black Caucus, as they don’t cotton to no kikes or crackers joining their klan.  I’m confident hispanics/latinos can’t join either.  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2389.html

  • Anonymous

    Three juveniles who allegedly assaulted a cab driver and his passenger
    in Center City Saturday night while shouting racial slurs will not be
    charged with a hate crime, according to the Philadelphia District
    Attorney’s Office.

    The teens, who are black, were not charged with hate crimes because
    there was no evidence that the assault was motivated by the victims’
    race, said Tasha Jamerson

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that should be taught in the way of “Hispanic” studies,  is the fact that Mexico lost the southwestern states of this country. They ignore the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the $15 million paid them. Get that through their heads and maybe they’ll quit whining and complaining the we just walked off with them. I’m really tired of the pandering to those who laugh at our laws. Instead of being thankful that our government is dumb enough to take in their illegals, they do nothing but demand. If I were President for a day, illegals and their supporters would be headed south.

  • Anonymous

     Had the virus of politically correctness so heavily infected the body politic in 1836, General Santa Ana would have taken the Alamo without firing a shot. He and his men would simply have accused the Anglo defenders of “racism,” and the defenders would surely have thrown down their arms and surrendered just to prove that they weren’t.

  • Anonymous

    Most school boards are controlled by the local teachers’ unions.  In many jurisdictions you could conceivably use the referendum process to help change this-especially if you can arrange it so the referendum takes place at the time of the GENERAL election with its broader electorate. I’m thinking of a large school board (say about 30) elected by open list PR.  And of course no monetary compensation for board members.  You might get some eccentrics- but relatively fewer of the usual wh*res and zombies. 

    And you can honestly say that such a change represents increased CHOICE and DIVERSITY. 

    The above might be a good option for an area that is socially conservative and has a typically leftist running dog- of- the- USG school board.  

    Think of what Frank Borzellieri was able to accomplish. From what I understand, TPTB abolished the whole NYC school board system just to get rid of him. 

  • Anonymous

    Ethnic studies at the high school level (which is what this is about) are unnecessary. There isn’t anything a high schooler needs to learn in an ethnic studeis class that isn’t already being covered in the usual social studies and civics classes. Ethnic studies for hispanics is a form of coddling and special treatment that far outweighs any form of discrimination hispanics experience in this country (which is about nil).

    And given the drop out rates for hispanic students, really most of them should be focusing on basic literacy.

  • A bit of a geography-history lesson relating to Arizona.

    The part of the state that is north of the Gila River was part of the territory transfer that was a spoil of the American victory in the Mexican-American War.  The American government also gave the Mexican government money for that transfer, when we really didn’t have to.

    When plans were being laid out for a southern transcontinental railroad, well before the first completed TC RR was actually started, the one finished at Promontory Point, Utah, it was discovered that the terrain across what is now central Arizona, northern Arizona and southern Utah was very difficult, almost impossible.  However, land south of the Gila River was relatively flat and gentle.  So the American Government purchased an extra strip of land from the Mexican government, the deal was finalized on December 30, 1853.  How do I know that exact date?  I happened to be in Arizona on the sesquicentennial date of the Gadsden Purchase, visiting the great uncle, and I went to a relatively small ceremony near Phoenix along the Gila River where then-Gov. Janet Napolitano spoke.  Almost all of the GP is now southern Arizona, but a tiny little part of what is now far southwestern New Mexico was part of the deal, too.

    The GP was the last spread in the territorial acquisition of what is now the Lower 48.

    (Incidentally, on February 14, Arizona celebrates the centennial of its statehood, it was the last state in the lower 48 to be admitted to the union.)

    So we “stole” the American Southwest but bought the Gadsden Purchase fair and square.  What do the Razatards want us to do?  Give back the “stolen” part but we keep the GP to be an island of legal America in a sea of Mexico?

  • You know the answer to
    that question Jared. When illegal invading, militant hispanics demand ethnic studies
    classes predicated on la raza and reconquista, it’s considered their ethnic right
    to do so. Not only is it allowed, it’s celebrated.

    When Whites even suggest
    asking for equal considerations, we are demonized as “racists, Nazis,”
    and every other pejorative you can think of.

    How in the world did ever
    we lose our country to illegal invading hispanics? This is the fault of our
    beloved White race. We are too kind to our obvious detriment. Other races would
    never consider extending equal treatment to other groups, especially if the
    consequences are going to be adverse to their own interests. We are the only
    race who does this and it’s costing us dearly, not just in this country but
    around the world.

    When and where does it
    end?

    You know the answer to
    that question Jared. When illegal invading, militant hispanics demand ethnic studies
    classes predicated on la raza and reconquista, it’s considered their ethnic right
    to do so. Not only is it allowed, it’s celebrated.

    When Whites even suggest
    asking for equal considerations, we are demonized as “racists, Nazis,”
    and every other pejorative you can think of.

    How in the world did ever
    we lose our country to illegal invading hispanics? This is the fault of our
    beloved White race. We are too kind to our obvious detriment. Other races would
    never consider extending equal treatment to other groups, especially if the
    consequences are going to be adverse to their own interests. We are the only
    race who does this and it’s costing us dearly, not just in this country but
    around the world.

    When and where does it
    end?