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December 29, 2011


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A little political background. This statute was written specifically targeting the Mex-Am studies program in the Tucson school district. The conclusory rhetoric supporting the statute's passage was that the Mex-Am studies program did everything listed in A1 - A4. We'll have to see how it all shakes out as this controversy is expected to bounce around the courts for some time.

Alfred Brophy

Thanks for this Art -- the statute certainly looks like the product of some political agenda.

Anyone else surprised that there were no historians who were expert witnesses in this case? Seems like they'd be central to evaluating the curriculum. Particularly at page 15 of the ALJ's opinion, seems like there are serious historical issues. And I think again that part F of the statute authorizes a lot of the curriculum.

Eric Muller

Patently unconstitutional: the law would allow a class called "The Historical Oppression of Blacks, Asians, and Latinos in th USA" but bar a class called "The Historical Privileging of European Americans in the USA." Even if the two classes had the same assigned reading.

Paul R. Jones

A word-search of Arizona Revised Statutes for "Indian" shows 274-de jure discrimination enactment 'naming' a select group of Arizona citizens to be 'distinguished' and to have their 'race' health, welfare and benefits 'enlarged' while all non-"Indian" Arizona citizens are not. As of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, there are no more "Indians" within the original meaning of our U.S. Constitution....only U.S. and Arizona citizens with "Indian" ancestry. Nevertheless, our judiciary, legislators and governors continue to promote 'race' distinguished de jure legislation. Such "Indian" legislation creates race privilege, race prejudice and race hatred. How is such legislation accomplished? In my opinion, the gullibility of the electorate and greed of our elected servants fosters such racial hypocracy. As for our Arizona judiciary not upholding our U.S./Arizona Constitution re. 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, on racial legislation, the word 'cover-up' comes to mind. Incidentally, 27% of Arizona's land is controlled by the 21-federally recognized "Indian tribes" that contribute nothing to Arizona's tax base...and Arizona is 'broke' according to the news media.

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