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Arizona Schools Ban Mex-Am Studies, Angry Kids Put On Janitorial Duty

Give the state back to Mexico, pronto!In a page right out of Newt Gingrich’s alternate-history science-fiction wingnut-polygamy utopian epic Candyland Space Land, the school district in Tucson has completely banned Mexican-American studies, seized all the textbooks and even wall posters from the classrooms, and punished the students who protested by sentencing them to janitorial duty. The self-hating Latina lady who oversees the now-illegal ethnic studies program even comically told the kids, “Mexico is where Mexican studies is taught, not America!” Why oh why does the Newt have to be in stinky old South Carolina during such a historical moment in stomping the Mexican, for freedom?

The insanely racist Arizona law, HB 2281, specifically targets ethnic studies in the public schools. Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program was specifically shut down to meet the law’s requirements, although administrator Lupita Garcia — who sure sounds like a Mexican to us — seemed utterly delighted to shut down the district’s program and shout racist idiocy at the students.

The students bravely marched five miles from Cholla High School (better change that name!) to the Mexican-American Studies headquarters … and as punishment for this crime against white society, they were all put on janitorial slave duty. Sounds like Tucson needs to be occupied! (Weather is very nice this time of year. It’s a good season for a Mexican-sounding revolution.) [Guardian/Tucson Citizen]

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  1. Barb

    I'm just thrilled that Rick Perry is going back to Texas just in time for Black History month. He's going to be so well received!

    1. chascates

      Today, January 19th, is Confederate Heroes Day in Texas. Wikipedia: In 1973, the Texas legislature combined the previously official state holidays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis' birthdays into a single "Confederate Heroes Day" to honor all who had served the Southern Cause. In some years, this date may coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. State offices are partially staffed in recognition of this day.
      Previously state employees were given the choice of taking off either Martin Luther King Day or Confederate Heroes Day, depending on, well, you know.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        I shit you not, VA had a "Lee-Jackson-King Day" for almost 30 years. Now Lee-Jackson Day is "celebrated" the Friday before MLK day. On the Sat. between both days, the neo-Confederates come into town & have their costume parade down Monument Ave. here in Richmond ending at the Confederate memorial pyramid in Hollywood Cemetery. It always brings out the racists from surrounding counties.

  2. donner_froh

    Mexico is where Mexican studies is taught, not America!

    They aren't even trying to make sense anymore, they just shout their insane racism from the rooftops.

        1. Loaded_Pants

          Ever since we finally found it on Google Earth. We had to go to war with them, they had Weapons of Mass Instruction.

    1. chascates

      What kind of elitist would major in 'English' literature when there is so much American literature?

    2. Veritas78

      Just wait 'til we give Tejas back to Mexico.

      (And we should start referring to it as that, if only to offset all those "Democrat Party" references.)

      1. NYNYNYjr

        Did you know in the 1800s when the Yucatan seceded from Mexico, they asked the U.S. for military support, but we refused, so the country of Texas was hired for several years to lease their army and navy to them.

  3. JackObin

    Arizona, Florida, Texas. Clearly, too much sun and excessive ambient temperatures are not a good thing.

        1. valgal2342

          Oh I don't know… is 30 degrees back home and it is in the upper 70's here on the beach in Florida… good thing for me!

  4. Not_So_Much

    Did Lupita shit on the floor in front of them when she assigned janitorial duties? Would seem to be in character…

      1. Loaded_Pants

        Seriously, when my parents often saw my room, they always thought that some drunken thief had broken into the house but only ransacked my bedroom.

    1. Callyson

      Arizona's state motto is Ditat Deus in Latin, translating as "God Enriches."
      Wingnuts–giving God a bad name since 1913…

  5. Wonderthing

    Kids, how's that self esteem thing working out for ya? Right, that's what I thought. Tell you what: Fuck the establishment and when they sentence you to janitorial duties, take a dump on the linoleum. It's gonna be your world soon. Let 'em know it.

    1. outragedcitizen

      I sincerely hope that the up coming generation is smarter then their parents and they send their racist parents, politicians and I guess, educators to the sidelines.

  6. CommieLibunatic

    I don't really know what to say, so I guess I'll go with my first pick: Holy Fucking Shit.

    1. FatalServerErrorFace

      You may be a Commie and/or a Libunatic, but you got that right – beyond H… F… S.., words fail.

  7. CapnFatback

    and as punishment for this crime against white society, they were all put on janitorial slave duty.

    What, was the kitchen already at its busboy quota?

  8. Radiotherapy

    Remember in 1846 when we found the Weapons of Mass Destruction and trounced the terrorists out of Mexico? The kids will now have to learn these facts elsewhere.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      They're working on it, course by course. Before long the Arizona school curriculum will be "Arizona" prepared by Sheriff Joe Smith (nee Arpaio).

  9. SexySmurf

    …punished the students who protested by sentencing them to janitorial duty.

    Or as it's now called in Arizona: African-American studies.

    1. Loaded_Pants

      Well, how are they going to know how to clean white people's homes if you don't get them started early?

    1. Loaded_Pants

      Things in Arizona are so bad even Mexico won't take it back.
      "No really, we'd rather put up with the drug cartels."

  10. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Do you guys ever get the feeling that the only sane people in this country are the commenters at Wonkette, well, you know, except for the anal sex obsessing and such.

    1. Ducksworthy

      I beg your pardon! The anal sex obsessing is a sign of mental health and, by Rick Santorum's standard, we are all qualified to be Prezinet!

    2. C_R_Eature

      Crikey, here's a whole lotsa times I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't seen the Stars in that Asimov short story "Nightfall". So I go and read the comments here at Wonkette. And Laugh.

      Thanks Everybody!

  11. CapnFatback

    "Mexican-American?" That's gibberish, boy! You're either Mexican or you're American. The choice is ours.

  12. SorosBot

    And there certainly doesn't seem to be anything racist about forcing Latino students to work as janitors, stereotyped as all black or Latino, for protesting racism.

  13. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Please, who needs Mexican Studies? I learned everything I needed to know about Mexico from Speedy Gonzales cartoons.

    1. Ducksworthy

      Including, the actual words to La Cucaracha including "Por que no tene marijuana que furmar". Which is, after all, the point of the song.

  14. GhostBuggy

    Not that a bunch of high school kids are ever going to see this comment on this website, but do not give in to these fuckers. Fight them, protest them, walk out on them.

      1. Steverino247

        Well, the cool thing about that treaty, a copy of which I actually have around the house someplace, is that it guaranteed that those Mexicans who remained in the ceded (ok, grabbed quickly) territory would forever be allowed to practice their customs and speak their language.

        So, how can the Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies tell if you're here illegally or a descendant of those Mexicans who became Americans by treaty?

        THEY CAN'T!

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Tuscon itself was all for ethnic studies – hence the need for the "local government" faction to suddenly decide the state knows better than the local school board and ban it because it makes Mexican kids feel for just a second like the world isn't constantly trying to jam a shit taco down their throats..

    2. James Michael Curley

      But truth as strangeness goes even further. They claim the chimichanga was invented in AZ when a bumbling fry cook accidentally dropped a burrito into the french fry fryer.

  15. donner_froh

    From the Guardian: When students asked why European studies has not been banned, nor any other area studies discipline, the administrators had no response

    Silly students. European studies are classes about normal (white) people.

    1. fuflans

      i don't know how they figure this, 'europe' is what the kenyan wants us to be and also there is spain there and they don't speak american.

      also germany and hitler.

  16. MissTaken

    The only things you need to know about Mexico is don't drink the water and Corona needs a lime.

    Now get to mopping!

  17. edgydrifter

    Hey, forced junior janitors–you know what cleans shit up really well?
    I'm just saying.

    1. Loaded_Pants

      Since I read this post & the linked articles, I've had "Another Brick In The Wall" playing in my head.

  18. Callyson

    The photo of Lupita Garcia in the Tuscon Citizen article is truly frightening. Crazy eyes on steroids, without the good hair and plastic surgery.

  19. Callyson

    Happy MLK day to you too, Arizona…yes, I know it kills you to be reminded that it's a holiday despite your best efforts to the contrary…

  20. ElPinche

    Haha…give it some time. Soon the USA will be drowning in chile verde and chimichangas. TV will be 100 channels of 8 hr variety shows filled with big boobed women and reggaeton. We'll punish the gringos and exile the pochos like Garcia to Wisconsin (New America). It will be like hunger games but with pinatas.

  21. Selfish_T

    So the bill banning ethnic studies came to be largely through the efforts of Republican Public School Superintendent Tom Horne, who was pissed off about Dolores Huerta saying that "Republicans hate Latinos". Great job proving her totally wrong, Tom!

  22. Jukesgrrl

    And the very day after the long-discussed ban on Mexican-American studies was finally implemented, State Rep. Terri Proud (and I'm not proud to say she represents my district), introduced two bills that would allow Bible studies to be taught in Arizona's public schools. (Why have one when two would be twice as nice.)

    Currently, nothing prevents Arizona teachers from discussing the Bible but that's not enough for Proud who maintains she's heard from "many teachers" who are "fearful of even mentioning God or the Bible in the classroom." She says the teachers are terrified they will lose their certification unless the state legislature voices support for their desire to discuss Christianity.

    "We've put so much fear around any discussion of the Bible that I think it's really causing our kids to miss out," she said. Her bill says students should learn about the Old and New Testaments. She added (for its dog whistle factor, no doubt), "The Quran hasn't influenced Western Culture the way the Bible has." AS IF the Quran is being taught in Arizona schools.

    Proud says her idea is rapidly gaining support in the legislature. Ya think?

    1. chascates

      What's the situation on sharia law in Arizona? Surely someone is working to prevent it taking over the local Justices of the Peace?

      1. Jukesgrrl

        I think Sheriff Joe and the emerging star Sheriff Paul Babeau have that covered. If there's a Sharia Law loose in the land they'll swoop down on it with their stealth helicopters.

    2. C_R_Eature

      Hey, I know Jersey's got Christie, the petrochemical stench of the Meadowlands, Seaside Heights, Camden , roads full of assholes and No Respect but …
      Dayum… Arizona? Arizona!?

      1. Jukesgrrl

        It wasn't my idea of a place to live but family issues dictated. I WILL say, this place is every bit as horrifyingly amusing as anything New Jersey ever came up with. Every day is Arizona is like a meeting of the Asbury Park City Council and School Board combined.

        1. C_R_Eature

          That entertaining, huh? In a "May You Live In Interesting Times" Chinese Curse kind of way? Good thing you've all of your Wonkette friends to pop off to.

          I left for Career reasons and stayed away for sanity.

  23. owhatever

    And none of that socialist European history, neither, or dinnersaurs or Navahoes. Yea, Arizona, home of the smartest people in Arizona.

  24. Negligently_Joe

    Question: HB 2281 doesn't just ban "ethnic studies" per se, does it? Because it really seems like it prohibits, in particular, any education about any historic civil rights movement at all, and particular the bits that might suggest that historically oppressed groups were any less than completely fine and dandy with their historic oppression.

    I ask, because that sort of seems to me to be the inflection point between "ignorant and anti-education", and "virulently and insidiously racist". But Arizona's known for plenty of both, so I need some help ont his one.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      We do word salad every bit as well as anyone in Alaska.

      Just because laws are passed here doesn't mean anyone is trying to understand them. The law will be interpreted any way the conservatives need it to be to get rid of someone they don't like. Then the lawsuits will begin.

  25. Neoyorquino

    Thankless Mexican kids, thinking they are in Mexico. Can't they understand, we stole this land from the Indians, fair and square. (Lord help me, I lived at the border for five years and faced this caliber of stupid at point-blank range).

  26. Dudleydidwrong

    C'mon, Florida! C'mon, South Carolina! C'mon, Tejas! Top that one. Show us which is the mostest craziest of them all. We know you can do it….but it'll take lots of effort to go Arizona one better.

  27. Loaded_Pants

    Having learned the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school, AZ high school students now have a chance to learn all about Lemon Pledge.

  28. qwerty42

    From the news article:

    …One thing ALL OF THEM fail to mention is the federal court order on TUSD that requires the district to have the MAS courses and no less than the Ninth Circuit court has slapped Pedicone and his district with this deseg order telling them that have a racism against Latinos problem.

    The federal court order is very real, but somehow they only pretend that state ruling is the only thing that exists. Federal vs. State dealing with civil rights; we have seen this many times before which is appropriate for this all to occur right before the MLK holiday weekend. …

    So this is being done in defiance of a federal court order? Is this true? Anyone here from AZ? This sort of stuff didn't work so well in the south back in the 60's, so not sure why they'd think it works today.

  29. C_R_Eature

    Cheer up! All of these ruddy, bloated,angry old bags of fear and superstition will die at around the same time.

    Then, Arizona (and Texas, et cetera) will become a majority Hispanic culture!
    A majority Pissed Off Hispanic culture.

    Uh oh.

  30. Antispandex

    "Why oh why does the Newt have to be in stinky old South Carolina during such a historical moment in stomping the Mexican, for freedom?"

    I agree. He should drop everything, as should we all, if there is a chance to kick around the muslins, or the messicans, or…well, the French. We can't take our freedoms for granted.

  31. sati_demise

    In this Mex-Am study program they used Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' so this book was banned from the, school library.

    Tucson Occupy was going fine in a tiny park between Congress Ave. across from the Hotel Az. Did they get evicted?

  32. MilwaukeeKent

    Arizona, the state that says, "Stop or I'll shoot!" while holding the gun the wrong way. On top of a recession that destroyed their major industry (real estate) they want to start a brain-drain. Can an entire state have a self-destructive streak? Every teeny-tiny way they can find to destroy future prospects, they're on it. Retired white bigots from the Midwest/Northeast suburbs, what it is.

  33. Negropolis

    It's as if they are trying to help us take by Congress and the state legislatures that are up for re-election.

  34. comrad_darkness

    If the U.S. of A. didn't want all those Mexican citizens in the country, why the hell did they invade Mexican territory in the first place??

    Can we give Arizona back, please? In exchange for oil or something useful.

  35. MosesInvests

    Next up in Aryan Zone-all bodegas and taquerias will be marked with a yellow sombrero bearing an M in Gothic script.

  36. ttommyunger

    Clever ploy that: using Governor Jan "Drinky Crow" Brewer's likeness on the ad. 'Course, it is based on what she would have looked like: 1. Thirty years ago. 2. Not anemic. 3. Not crack-whore ugly. 4. Not bat-shit crazy, also, too, as well as.

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