May 15th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. chris

    This reminds me so much of activites of the ultra-conservative Texas School Board, who rewrote the school text books to minimize or eliminate entirely the contributions of minorites to American history while also hardly mentioning the oppression of said minorites. The Right Wingers also rationalized this whitewash job by saying previous text books conveyed a negative impression of the country or placed too much emphasis on race. Of course, the end result was pretty much a santized "whites only" version of American history. Once again, neo-cons deny the racist and xenophobic sub-text of their actions.

    May 15, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. librarian

    Ethnic studies is taught everywhere else in the country without any problem. Except Arizona of course ! Bigotry and ignorance will not prevail fortunately, even in Arizona.

    May 15, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Bob in PA

    LIbs are wired so backwards they have become racists in their own world.
    What ever happened to the "great melting pot"? The only way we survive is as one people. This rabid division into ethnic groups will only end up in violence and hurt. Conservatives ushered out Slavery and ushered in civil rights. Conservatives are about all people wanting to make a life for themselves. Liberals and the Progressives (read Communists) only want to divide people up and claim the world for their ruling class. Wake up people, this senario has been played out time and time again all over the world. It's time to tell these people the USA is not their Ant Farm and to go play somewhere else.

    May 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Donovan

    Now ... while I don't disagree with the concept of such a ban ... it's the timing and location that are the problem. This, coming off the heels of the "show me your papers" laws, is a blatant provocation of Arizona's Hispanic population. If this was anywhere else ... or even just a different time ... it wouldn't be that much of a deal.

    "Papers" law + Ethnic studies ban = Blatant racism and provocation.

    May 15, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. DollParts

    We have State's Rights and Arizona is flexing them. I don't deny I find their methods vile and un-American, but it seems that the vast majority of Arizonians support institutionalized bigotry. So, I say, it's cool. I'll just try to avoid having to cross over into its borders unless absolutely necessary.

    Let's have another Civil War, sure.

    May 15, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Alex in Wisconsin

    Is it too subjective? you bet it is. Or do you not think that the study of 0 AD Jerusalem might make some people feel antagonism towards Jews? But lets face it, Bible study won't ever get touched. Do you think the a study of Germany back in 1930 might not also get some resentment from people? But World War 2 will still be taught. But studying the systematic kidnapping and transportation of Africans back in colonial times and that offends white people so it must be banned. The study of the forced removal of Native American tribes from their homes back during Andrew Jackson's time and that also offends white people so it shall not be taught. The rule applies to Latino studies, African american studies, islamic studies...just about every study except caucasian studies, which the Texas board of education is trying to make manditory for the nation. Of course this law is too subjective and it's flat out racism at its worst.

    May 15, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. ED FL

    Sounds like something MCCAIN would propose,however it required some thought to get it into a law. The old MAVERICK is having enough trouble learning to spell BINGO as his new Hobby when he gets kicked out of office.[Pretty soon is to soon for America] John has trouble spelling words with three letters like YES,when it is easier to spell two letter word NO]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. November

    The tragedy here is not that Arizona is creating it's own immigration related laws. It's that the federal government, who ought to be managing this, is not. I won't entertain complaints about Arizona when the federal government is who I hold responsible for the mess that this is. THEY are the problem!

    May 15, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Bob

    Again, CNN presenting only one side of the story. There's a big surprise. This law came about by the request of SCHOOL OFFICIALS who felt that some of these classes were taking things a bit too far with regards to the Federal Government and anti-American agendas. Come on CNN, start doing your job. Its not that difficult. Bravo to AZ for standing up to this hatred and bigotry being taught in our schools. About time someone stood up.

    And not Barry, AZ did not act stupidly. You, however, never cease to amaze.

    May 15, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. AZ is becoming the south during Jim Crow

    So anti-American. I am glad I live far from the disgusting state of Arizona. How can Jan Brewer defend this as anything less than racism?

    May 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. John

    The republicans in Arizona can make all the laws they want but, I'll just take my golf dollars and play in another state!

    Good luck with your race baiting you Nazi fools.

    May 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. John

    This law proves that racism and nothing but racism underlies the anti-immigration law Arizona just passed. Arizona is a disgrace to America.

    May 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    well if they tought more stuff about what happned to the native americans................the liberals would back date the immigrations laws and we would all be kicked out

    and the native americans would riot in the streets

    May 15, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Hendrik

    I think that Arizona's purpose of the immigration law is now coming into clear focus with this ethnic studies bill.

    It is pure unadulterated racism that drives these Republican lawmakers. These are the most disgusting people you will meet. This includes the fake blond governor.

    May 15, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Will

    Yeah the white man found this land. No one was living here. They invented everything. Lets keep it that way. Sounds good huh?

    May 15, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Ken

    Wow how dare they not allow classes that create racial tension!!!

    May 16, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  17. Scott

    my mother is hispanic legally here in this Great country.and she is in favor of the law.

    May 16, 2010 03:28 am at 3:28 am |