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The Hicks File: Radical Arizona Educators Now in the Crosshairs

A Pew Research Center poll found that, nationwide, seventy-three percent of Americans support Arizona’s law requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. A Rasmussen poll similarly found that seventy percent of Arizona residents support the law.

However, now Arizona has done something else that is causing leftists and liberals to become apoplectic.

In my last Hicks File I reported that Arizona was considering a bill banning certain kinds of ethnic studies classes in public schools.

Well, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has now signed that bill, HB 2281, which bans schools from teaching classes that single out a particular ethnic group, promote resentment, or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating students as individuals. It also bans classes that promote the overthrow of the government.

How many of you think this is a bad thing?

What you think apparently doesn’t matter. Immediately, howls went up from leftist radicals who have made careers out of indoctrinating students from a hate-America perspective.

They seem to think training students to hate America and Americans is their right.

But these programs have been troubling from their very beginning.

I was once part of a radical black nationalist organization that helped bring about the black studies program at UCLA in 1968. This resulted in a vicious struggle between competing black power groups that left two members of the Black Panther Party dead after a campus shoot-out.

Radical Latino organizations followed suit. I was in attendance when revolutionary Latino nationalist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales argued for El Plan de Aztlan at a conference in Denver, Colorado -- a plan that essentially called for a separate Chicano nation.

It is no accident that one of the books featured in the Latino ethnic studies classes in Arizona is titled Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. The book is written by the old hard-left radical Rodolfo Acuna, who was a professor at the country’s most radical ethnic studies program, the Chicano studies program at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles.

Yeah, I have known these folks; I also know their motives, their goals, and their methods. It was right for Arizona to ban these classes. Often taught by radicals, these classes promote ethnocentrism and xenophobia, and espouse something called, I kid you not, ”Aztec math.”

Listen to the opinion of John Ward. He’s a former teacher of a sociology class at a Tucson High Magnet School, which teaches a Raza (race) curriculum. He has revealed the following:

He says the basic theme of the class was that Mexican-Americans were victims of a racist American society, driven by the interests of middle- and upper-class whites. As a result, social, political, and economic events in America must be seen through the lens of white domination.

Ward taught that the southwestern United States was stolen from Mexicans because of the greed of whites and that that area of the country is “Atzlan,” the ancient homeland of the Aztecs, and still rightfully belongs to their descendants.

So let me get this right: the taxpayers of Arizona have been supporting public school classes that teach some students, in this case Latino children, that the country they live in is their enemy.

So are these ethnic studies a joke?

Hell yes! But the joke has been squarely on us.

Here in California, a Balboa High School freshman went before a meeting of that city’s school board to argue for stronger ethnic studies.

She said, “How can I know who I can be if I don’t know who I am?” Ethnic studies, she claimed, “provides me with the foundation to learn who I am.”

Uh huh … but let me ask an inconvenient question. Why do taxpayers have to teach this young girl who she is?

Arizona provided us with an answer. We don’t!