If Arizona’s recent immigration law wasn’t worrying enough, the Governor, Jan Brewer, has just signed a new bill that removes the Mexican-American studies program from Tucson schools. Arizona’s school chief has been pushing this bill for years because he is afraid that the program teaches Latinos that they are oppressed by White Americans. He must be underestimating the powers of observation and experience because I doubt the lessons learned in the program is the source of Latinos’ awareness of oppression by the White man. I think Latinos are inherently intelligent enough to see their brethren routinely given fewer employment opportunities, lower salaried jobs and now seeing their Constitutional rights (Amendment 4) being disregarded and violated by the new Arizona immigration law.
The class may actually serve the opposite purpose of teaching oppression. It may actually teach Latinos that not all Arizonans are bigoted assholes who only want Latinos in the state in order to afford cheap home repairs and gardens maintenance, but now they won’t have the chance to learn that.