I encountered this Huffington Post piece http://huff.to/cWMIzT via City Lights Bookstore on Twitter, and I found it highly disturbing. Whether or not a student prefers to take an ethnic studies class, the option should be there. The concept of pulling such material from the curriculum, as well as any material which champions the overthrow of government, is ridiculous. I may not agree with everything I read, but I’ll fight for freedom of expression. What kind of a nation have we become that Arizona (and as the author indicates, Texas), would be willing to ignore/marginalize a cultural tradition/experience in our society? I can’t believe that this legislation is representative of all Arizonans and Texans. I also can’t believe that it reflects our First Amendment rights.
What do you think?