Mexican-American studies are not racist, and claiming so shows a misunderstanding for what racism means. Not teaching Mexican-American studies does show a significant level of ignorance. The culture in this area is not pure American culture, whatever that is. It is a Mexican-American culture, and it is seen in our food, our architecture, our idioms, our dress, and many other parts of our daily lives.
America has always been prone to ignoring history or at least being ignorant--willfully or otherwise--about history. We see our historical ignorance in our dealings with Arabs, Persians, Muslims (yes, I purposely drew a distinction between religion and different cultures in the Middle East), and other cultures and religions; in the wars in which we involve ourselves (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan); and so on. We've assumed that our vast defense resources somehow will make up for what we lack in historical perspective and intellect, in foresight, and in critical thought. Alas, that is almost never the case.
The foul language portion of the bill is worded sloppily enough that it could be possible for teachers to be held liable for student language. The idea that Arizona is going to legislate non-partison instruction is just scary. The idea that this will result in some texts and the teaching of some ideologies illegal is all too real. These are two steps down the road toward censorship and further erosion of our rights to free speech.
I suggest you not drive a car in Tucson, either, since you could "get dead" in the blink of an eye. In fact, it's probably not even safe to leave your home.
The last paragraph in your story is stupefyingly ignorant and unprofessional.
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