On Last Day, Huppenthal Targets Ethnic-Studies Classes

Mary Beth Faller, AZ Central, January 2, 2015

On his last day in office, John Huppenthal sent a letter to the Tucson Unified School District threatening to cut its state funding over ethnic-studies classes.

Huppenthal, the outgoing state superintendent of public instruction, on Friday sent a “notice of non-compliance” to the district, accusing it of violating a 2012 agreement over classes that cover Mexican-American heritage.

The order threatens to withhold 10 percent of Tucson’s state funding if administrators don’t comply with orders to provide more information on the history classes and to remove parts of the curriculum that Huppenthal says violate state law by March 4.

The issue dates back to 2011, when a state law went into effect prohibiting districts and charter schools from offering classes that promote overthrowing the U.S. government, promote resentment for a certain race or class of people, are geared for students of a particular ethnic background, or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of recognizing students as individuals. In 2013, a federal court upheld the law.

In 2012, Tucson dropped the courses under threat of losing state funding and agreed to submit a revised curriculum to the state Department of Education, which Huppenthal says has been insufficient.

Huppenthal’s letter says: “Notably, while TUSD’s original violations related to classes taught from the Mexican American perspective, it now appears that some TUSD classes taught from the African-American perspective also violate the law.”


H.T. Sanchez, superintendent of the Tucson district, released a statement Friday afternoon saying that he asked to meet with Huppenthal, but “so far that hasn’t happened.”

Sanchez said that Tucson is bound by a federal desegregation order to offer the classes.


In his letter, Huppenthal cites several examples that he says violates the state law, including a writing prompt in which students are asked to discuss three ideas in the Declaration of Independence that are “lies, hypocrisy and break the social contract between new democracy and the society they are representing.”


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  • MekongDelta69

    Instead of ‘oppressed and aggrieved studies classes,’ here’s an idea:


      The American perspective is the White perspective. Which means, as far as the Cultural Marxist, who somehow ended up in charge of our education system go. The American perspective is a racist perspective.

      • Sick of it

        Indeed, as the original American perspective was that of the white Christian Southerner.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          Well, it could be the perspective of a White Euro Christian YANKEE, no?

          • Sick of it

            Potentially, but it would depend upon how the person sees the world. Obviously the people who think like us are not as prevalent in other parts of the country. Not that we have been sufficiently vigilant ourselves.

          • UncleSham

            The South in 2015 is not more racist than the North, just more honest.

          • Katherine McChesney

            THAT would a liberal perspective.

  • Truthseeker

    How absurd to think that creating classes to appreciate the “diversity” of the student body wouldn’t lead to conflicting historical narratives.

    • bilderbuster

      The whole idea has always been to create conflicting or Anti-White historical narratives. This isn’t some really stupid idea being promoted over and over again against the will of the majority.
      A lot of planning went into this. Courses had to be made, textbooks written, published and purchased, teachers trained, school board members campaigns had to be funded.

      • Sick of it

        “textbooks written, published”

        Woah there, you’re starting to sound like an anti-Semite. /sarcasm

  • jayvbellis

    In these instances, smart White students should write about all the race denying, international equality nonsense in the Declaration of Independence, which was after all written by many slave holders, they were on balance much nicer slave holders, but slave holders none the less.

  • I promise that in any ethnic studies class, I would write a nice piece about the massacre of the MacLeans by Cromwellian forces at Inverkeithing in 1651.

    • connorhus

      I tried a couple of times to take a stand in my College Cultural class, never made a dent with anyone who wasn’t White and Male but for my final we had to design a project that would expose some cultural issue. The instructor kept denying all my proposals for the project until I turned one in asking about abortions and government employees.

      I then took the data and presented it as proof the government hired Women 8 times more often than Men. The instructor wasn’t pleased but since I included all the other data she had no choice but to pass me.

      • Sick of it

        I had arguments with a feminist English professor practically every day, but, since they were well thought out arguments, she sort of took a liking to me. On the other hand, a friend of mine disparaged feminism every day in his speech class taught by a feminist professor and his grades ended up being quite low.

        Almost all of the history courses were taught by conservative professors where I attended and I even took an anthropology class taught by a Japanese American professor who offered us the opportunity to talk about Kennewick Man and similar finds from a variety of perspectives. That was an eye opening class to say the least.

        • They often grade based on politics. I wrote a very good undergrad termpaper about the war in the American south during the revolution, which earned me a flat “F” in the class. Evidently the professor wanted to read about lesbian vegetarian communists with nostril rings. It was the best fail I ever received, and no, the bimbo didn’t get tenure; I made sure of that.

          • LHathaway

            I would have to agree with the professor, but probably for reasons entirely new to her.

          • The terrain in the US southeast is divided by rivers, which were not bridged at the time. American forces lost most of the battles there, but wore the British out. That’s not rocket science.

          • MBlanc46

            I can find Konigsberg (home of Immanuel Kant) on the map. I’m a bit surprised that it’s still called Kaliningrad. Why should a nobody like Kalinin keep his city when Lenin and Stalin lost their’s? Maybe it’s because he was a nobody.

          • See The Future

            I have a very old “globe” that shows things in the good old days.

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            What about New Amsterdam?

          • Sick of it

            My speech professor decided, in order to be fair, to lower the grades of everyone in the class who made an “A” and to raise the grades of everyone who made a “C”…this caused one of my group members to freak out as it could have hurt her plans to go on to medical school. Or that’s what she said. He was a rather odd white buddhist. And yes, I knew that about the potato.

          • See The Future

            making the bell curve flat, redistributing wealth, pure communism

  • See The Future

    Universities sure have changed over the past 50 years. They used to be institutions of higher learning with worthy professors in worthy faculties. I am ashamed of my own university and my professional association.

    • Rhialto

      While normal White men were waging the geopolitical struggle with Communism, the Liberals were taking over the schools: The March Through the Institutions begins with kindergartens.


    As far as “Ethnic Studies” classes go, I have to ask. If you remove “classes that promote overthrowing the U.S. government, promote resentment for a certain race or class of people, are geared for students of a particular ethnic background, or advocate ethnic
    solidarity instead of recognizing students as individuals” from the so-called “Ethnic Studies” classes, what’s left?

    • anony

      Animal husbandry?

      • Anglokraut

        I doubt 4-H would want them, either.

  • dd121

    The cultural warriors of mexican extraction are coming to the battle with switchblades. The Americans have their hands up.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s because the American government wages war against Whites.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    only dumb people take African studies and mexican studies classes.

  • WR_the_realist

    So a federal desegregation order demands that black studies be taught? Once again, the federal government is the enemy.

  • Pax Romana

    Once they complete the course, each student should be given their own copy of the ‘Black Monopoly’ board game, so they can see how far the totally useless BS that they learned will get them in life….

    • bilderbuster

      That character must be the school crossing guard on the school to prison pipeline.

    • Dave West

      Every six spaces or so there should be a space that reads:

      “win false discrimination lawsuit, collect $200”


      “Steal Air Jordans during a carjacking, collect $500”

    • Katherine McChesney

      That’s laughing out loud hilarious. Certainly fits, doesn’t it?

  • FozzieT

    “H.T. Sanchez, superintendent of the Tucson district, released a statement Friday afternoon saying that he asked to meet with Huppenthal, but “so far that hasn’t happened.””

    I wonder what ol’ H.T. would think about a White Studies program?

    • bilderbuster

      Only if it’s from a non-White point of view.

  • Albert

    A state law that forbids teaching/promoting the overthrow the government, racism against whites and the formation of ethnic solidarity groups on campus? To hell with France, Viva les Arizona and Sherrif Joseph Arpaio!

  • IKUredux

    Look, the so called United States of America was founded by WHITE PEOPLE. Period. The so called natives were disjointed tribes, at war with each other. Let’s face it, the nature of humans is to defend their blood and soil. EVERY war that has ever been fought, has been about blood and soil. The bottom line is:Blood and soil.

    To whit: My people, my land. We were born here, and we die here. My ancestors were born here, my ancestors died here. My ancestors created this land, and all that is on it.We do not have to share the land that our ancestors have owned and have built upon.

    You colored hordes, also have ancestral lands. Why not make the most of them? You know it can be done! When you were colonized by Whites , you were doing well. So, then you achieved “independence”. Now, your civilization has returned to its jungle antecedents. This is not the fault of your European colonizers. Your colonizers did what they could to bring you out of barbarism. You blacks are incapable of sustaining a civilization.

    You blacks are incapable of anything remotely considered to be a functional government.
    The only noteworthy things blacks have done, is to kill Whites. And, that was celebrated by Whites, because blacks had no written language
    Slavery was wrong. Nobody should have the right to enslave anybody.If that’s the case, why is it Whites are now enslaved, and it is considered the way the world should be?

  • Dave West

    The history of Mexico:

    Independence from Spain 1810
    Coup (look at list of Mexican presidents, there’s a new one every year)
    Attempt at formation of Latin America Republic 1821
    War with U.S. 1848
    U.S. occupies Mexico City
    Mexico looses war and half its territory, but only 1% of its population.
    Mexican Revolution that accomplishes nothing 1915
    Nationalization of Oil 1970’s
    half of the population moves to the cowardly neighbor to the North
    Attempt at second “revolution” 1993
    Drug War

    • Nimadan

      You know the Mexicans actually had a civil war while Winfield Scott’s army
      was probing the defenses of Mexico City in 1847? I forget the exact details
      but essentially the supporters of Santa Anna, and whoever his main rival was,
      went into the streets and shot it out with each other. Absolutely true.

  • Lkoehn

    We should be picking our own vegetables and fruit just like we should have picked our own cotton. What more do we need to know about Mexicans other than the Alamo?

    • See The Future

      Just remember that everyone at the Alamo was slaughtered.

      • Lkoehn

        Which was my point as we do not want anymore Alamo’s do we? There was a cartoon of three Mexicans in a rowboat being stopped by a US destroyer and after the Navy asked where they were headed they replied that they were invading the US. The captain of the destroyer laughed and asked if the three of them could do that job themselves and they replied not by themselves but they were the last of 15 million invader army.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Get rid of ethnic studies classes. Then there will be some normalcy in the universities.