ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS LET ARIZONA SECEDE

Those folks out in Arizona are sure jumpy these days. As we all know, they have made being an illegal immigrant in the state, well, illegal. I read in the paper yesterday that in their infinite wisdom, they have passed a new law aimed at ethnic studies. No longer may ethnic studies be taught in the public schools because such studies apparently cause Latino students to hate white folks.

Well, I don’t know whether such studies do or don’t cause Latinos to hate another ethnic groups, but I agree in part with Arizona. Such studies should be a part of American studies, showing how Latinos contributed and continue to contribute to the building of the nation and especially Arizona. I’m sure none of those who advocate dropping ethnic studies think about the fact that US history and probably the history of Arizona is taught from a European perspective. That is, that ethnic group called “white” need have no fear that studies of their group will be outlawed.

Arizona’s law seems to be just another goof ball aimed at immigrants, illegal or legal. Such laws may make good politics but poor governing. If them folks in Arizona want to secede from the union, let them. But they have to move the state some place outside of the United States, like to Mexico.

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