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Friday June 17, 2011

Arizona School Official Says Ethnic Studies Programs Promote Resentment Against Whites

Arizona School Official Says Ethnic Studies Programs Promote Resentment Against Whites

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As the debate over ethnic studies programs in Tucson, Arizona schools continues, the state’s schools chief has stated that programs like these promote resentment towards whites.

John Huppenthal, Tucson’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has stated that ethnic studies programs is Tucson schools violate a new state law, because it promotes ethnic solidarity among Latinos and resentment towards white people.

“This is not rocket science. This is fundamental,” Huppenthal said at a news conference outside his office. “They have gotten themselves in a very tight corner. The ball is back in their court.”

The programs’ advocates see arguments like Huppenthal’s as part of an on-going attack against Hispanics in Arizona.

The law, which Huppenthal voted for and believes the classes violate, was signed into law in May of 2010 by controversial governor Jan Brewer, and went into effect on Dec. 31.

The Tucson school district is facing a 10 percent funding cut if the programs continue. This fight will likely go to the Supreme Court.