Debra Mullins – Arizona Legislature passes HB 2281 banning ethnic studiesPage 2 of 3
The bill prohibits instruction in courses which:1.
Promote the overthrow of the United States government.2.
Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.3.
Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.4.
Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.School districts that are found to be out of compliance and fail to comply within 60 days of notification will risk losing up to 10% of their appropriated state funding.It is not the intent of HB2281 to completely cleanse the curriculum of references to variousracial and ethnic groups and minority individuals who have been oppressed or who havemade significant contributions during the course of the United States’ evolution; it should,however, be taught only in a historical context. Students still need to learn about the Civil War, the European migration that occurred during the Industrial Revolution, theextermination of millions of Jews during World War II, the Civil Rights movement, etc.There are also ulterior motives at play when public schools include racial and ethnic studiesin their curricula. The left’s indoctrination and propagation of its agenda begins in the publicschool system. It is politically motivated to create racial and ethnic divisions; a significantpart of the Democrat Party’s platform is to perpetuate the myth that it is the only politicalparty that stands for the rights of minorities. Thus, the inclusion of racial and ethnic studiesin public school curricula may also be intended to shore up and increase the size of the left’s base.The Arizona legislature, however, fell short of achieving the perfect trifecta with the sideliningof S1024, which would have required Presidential candidates to prove their eligibility prior to being allowed on the Arizona ballot. S1024 narrowly passed the AZ House of Representativeson April 21, 2010 and was forwarded to the Senate. The eligibility language included in the bill originated with HB2441, introduced by Representative Judy Burges.The bill was set aside by Senate President Bob Burns, who cited that he questioned whetheror not the legislature needed “the controversy it would create.” It has also been reported thatthe Senate did not have enough Republican votes to pass the bill. Rep. Burges intends to re-introduce the bill at the earliest opportunity and in advance of the 2012 Presidential election.The bill has sparked other state legislatures such as Georgia to consider similar legislation. If enough states enact proof of eligibility laws, it may create a tipping point that will keep the“Usurper-In-Chief” off of the 2012 Presidential ballot.The Arizona legislature should be commended for taking a stand against the left’s hijacking of the educational system with the primary aim of restoring and protecting the Constitution. If Governor Brewer signs the bill into law as expected, watch for a Congressional attempt tomake a power play and withhold federal education appropriations from Arizona until itrepeals the law or challenge the constitutionality of the law in federal court. It will also beinteresting to see how AZ Senator John McCain and his Republican challenger, J.D.Hayworth, address this hot-button issue on the campaign trail.