Arizona immigration bill also outlaws many ethnic study programs

The controversial Arizona immigration bill that Gov. Jan Brewer (R.) signed into law also bans classes that are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnicity. The law targets any ethnic studies classes in the state’s public school system that “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

National Public Radio held a discussion with two experts on this subject on TALK OF THE NATION.

Neal Conan introduced the show this way: “Two weeks ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that some critics call racist, not immigration this time, but ethnic studies. The new law prohibits some kinds of Mexican-American studies of [sic] Afro-American studies in public high schools and middle schools, precluding courses that promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily toward a race or class of people or advocate ethnic solidarity. Classes on the history of any group could still be allowed if they’re open to all students.”

Mr. Conan then interviewed James Banks, professor of diversity studies and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle and Linda Chavez the chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

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