But then David, a Pima/Ute, heard that teacher Andi Box planned to offer a class in Native American literature in the spring, and he quickly changed his mind.
“He was the first one to sign up. “Midway through the semester he told me, ‘I come to school for this class. I deal with the other ones,’” Box said.
Box’s class, a pilot project created with the help of ASU English faculty members James Blasingame and Simon Ortiz, is the first literature class in the Mesa Public Schools (MPS) to focus entirely on Native American authors and texts.
Class units have included “Finding Our Warriors, Finding Our Beliefs”; “Finding Our Inner Poetry”; “Finding True Education”; “Finding Frustration: The Rise in Indian Activism”; and “Finding Our Future.”
For some of the Native American students, it was the first time they had read or seen an outsider’s view of their history.
But...teaching brown-skinned students about their history is risky. We know this because Arizona's legislators have told us so. Once students get ideas in their heads, who knows what could emerge from their slums and barrios and reservations?
This is the kind of divisive class Arizona meant to ban with its new ethnic studies law. If we don't stop this "teaching" in its tracks, we'll face another round of '60s-style counterculture chaos. We'll see radicals marching in the streets and criticizing their government.
Why Native class must go
Here's why the new law should prohibit this class:
Someone alert Arizona's superintendent of public instruction. This is just what he
For more on the subject, see Arizona to Ban White Studies? and Arizona to Ban Native Studies?
Below: A manifesto for rebellion against the US government?