LA RAZA: ARIZONA TEACHERS SUING TO RESTORE RACIST PROGRAM
By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
October 26, 2010
As an educator, I refused to be complicit in a curriculum that engendered racial hostility, irresponsibly demeaned America’s civil institutions, undermined our public servants, discounted any virtues in Western civilization and taught disdain for American sovereignty. – John Ward, former teacher at Tucson High Magnet School.
Eliminating a radical La Raza (“The Race”) studies program in an Arizona public school district is unconstitutional and restricts free speech, according to a group of teachers who are suing the state to reinstate the taxpayer-financed curriculum that one instructor says “ignited racial hostility.”
The Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American/Raza Studies program was eliminated earlier this year when the state enacted a measure — HB 2281 — to stop funding ethnic studies curriculums that advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government.
In 1998 the district created the Mexican American/Raza Studies division — renamed “Mexican-American Studies” last year to sound less extremist — to promote the “Chicano agenda.”