March 05, 2011

Ethnic studies "undermine sovereignty"?

Fine in Arizona for teaching brown kids they are indigenous to this land?  $1,000,000

By Three SonoransJohn Ward is a former Ethnic Studies teacher that couldn’t handle the truth and is suing the Ethnic Studies teachers for $1,000,000 for them correcting his Anglo-American biased view of history against the true history of America. He could not stand being corrected, and according to multiple witnesses, slammed his books and cussed in front of underage students and left.

That’s why goes on the Jon Justice show to bash Mexican-Americans since that is the only instance of “The Truth” that he can handle now (Hate-radio show host Jon Justice is on 104.1 “The Truth”).

John Ward says that “clearly” TUSD Ethnic Studies is violation of the law, but never does he mention the evidence. In the video below I asked him about how these classes promote the overthrow of the US government. His response was that these classes “clearly” undermine sovereignty, whatever that is supposed to mean in this context.
And:I do not need to break down every point of John Ward’s foolishness. Just as Tom Horne said on CNN, bad things in American history should not be covered. In Ward’s own words at the 4:00 mark below, Ethnic Studies was teaching the students that this land used to be theirs (whether Native or Mexican) and that it was wrongfully taken from them.

I don’t know anyone who would dispute that fact unless they want to make a Manifest Destiny argument and say that this land was not “wrongfully” taken, but given to the white people as a gift from God.

The fact remains that brown people lived here for centuries and millennia, and white people with Guns, Germs, and Steel took it over, and John Ward warns against teaching this TRUE HISTORY because… “it might engender in students that this was once their homeland…”
Comment:  This frivolous lawsuit is perhaps the clearest indication yet of what Arizonans meant with their shutdown of ethnic studies. As you may recall:The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. It also prohibits classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.Ward's lawsuit tells us what Arizona's conservatives and teabaggers want. This posting spells it out: Teaching that indigenous people owned and occupied the Americas = undermining the United States' sovereignty = promoting the overthrow of the US government.

In other words, Ward and his ilk want to eliminate anything but the white Christian view of the European conquest of America. Teaching indigenous history destroys the Euro-American myth that white people were destined to tame the "wilderness" and rule the land. Conservatives can't handle this truth so they're desperately trying to censor it.

For more on the subject, see:

Indians in Christian textbooks
The Story of Us whitewashes history
Arizona laws = manifest insanity
Conservatives hope minorities will forget
Arizona laws = clash of civilizations
Custer's Last Stand and ethnic studies
Ethnic history corrects American history
Mainstream history = pro-white propaganda
Arizona laws target the indigenous
Native lit class threatens Arizona

and many other postings in this blog.

Below:  The only American history acceptable to conservatives.


Anonymous said...

Wow. You know, we should really do like Germany, and make denial of America's history of genocide illegal. I know, I know, First Amendment and all, but still...

Of course, most Americans still associate anything German with Nazis. Even Beethoven.

dmarks said...

Beethoven, as a St. Bernard, might make people think of the Swiss.

Jaine said...

omg - seriously I'm speechless at the lengths some racists go to

How could anybody associate Beethoven with Nazis, that's one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Beethoven is the man.

Anja said...

Brown people seriously?