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IN THE NEWS: THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE'S BAN ON ETHNIC STUDIES

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Recently, my colleagues and I have been called racist because we encourage our students to ask questions about the impact of race and/or racism upon their social condition, their impact on the history of our country, and their potential impact upon our future. The irony and hypocrisy are that our racist state, its racist superintendent of public instruction, its racist attorney general, the racists within its state legislature, and the racist nature of its legal representation are saying that my colleagues and I are racist because we illuminate their acts of white privilege, their acts of oppression, and their acts of racism. They would prefer that we simply acquiesce to these actions and accept them as part of their malevolent and insular perception of patriotism or even what is considered to be American.

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