“Ethnic Chauvinism”

12 05 2010

Obviously, the real issue is not classes aimed at specific ethnic groups—which affect almost no one and of which the broader voting public is almost certainly entirely unaware—but rather the use of political instruments to wind up the racial resentment of certain favored political constituencies. It’s telling, I think, that just a few weeks after passing a law that, by definition, isolates latinos, the government of Arizona is all of a sudden very concerned about academic classes that supposedly encourage “resentment” toward whites by teaching history.

For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors.

Clearly, this sort of outrage must be stamped out immediately.

—Jason

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