Arizona Bans Teaching Minorities That They are Oppressed

| May 13, 2010

Following on the heels of its “papers please” institutionalization of racial-profiling, Arizona’s state legislature and  Governor, Jan Brewer, just passed a law that TPM describes as banning (in state schools) “classes that might promote an overthrow of the U.S. government; that promote resentment toward a particular race or class; are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, or which advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I would not have expected this kind of racism to become so overt and for the achievement of this kind of legislation to become a  badge of pride for a visible and expanding political movement. If there is any good that can come from this, maybe it will be that the importance of acknowledging ethnic differences/conflict/etc. and the urgency of actively nurturing a spirit of mutual stake will become mainstream as well. Maybe this will force a country that struggles to see the subtle and pervasive issues of modern racism as anything more than an academic issue to shake the nation of cowards indictment.