Mon, Jan. 20


Doug MacEachern (Viewpoints, AZ Republic, 6/22) has brought the spotlight back to the renegade "Raza Studies" program in Tucson Unified School District. On the editorial page, Richard de Uriarte, editorial writer for the paper, trys to white wash the program without specifically mentioning its name, saying "Properly taught, ethnic studies seems a legitimate elective course." That makes the course seem rather benign, rather than what some teachers from the district are saying that it truly is - a course designed to foster hate and resentment of our country by a group of marxists that have taken over the district school board.

It is time for America to wake up! Great Britain and many other European countries as beginning to find out just what the consequences are of allowing extremists to operate schools and churches that teach hate and violence freely within their borders. Tucson is reminiscent of the Islamic school in northern Virginia that is under investigation. Heavily funded by Saudia Arabia, a student body of 900, it has been discovered that one of their 12th grade text books teaches that it is permissable to kill adulterers and those who leave the Islamic faith. The school claims that it teaches "selectively" from the text. Right!

TUSD has made it known that they intend to make the "Raza" course a requirement. What's more, they intend to push it down, eventually, to the elementary schools. Seniors might be able to separate the marxist dogma from the reality of what America is really about, But as the age of the students get younger it simply becomes indoctination.

It is time for Tom Horne, Superintendent of Public Instruction, to take a stand. His office holds, by law, a supervisory role over all state public education. He has the right, nay, the responsibility, to demand access to the curriculum of the Raza classes, even if he has to enlist the state Attorney General. Arizonans have the right to know exactly how their state and federal funds are being used - misused- by radicals under the guise of "ethnic studies." Some teachers have spoken out only after being assured of anonimity, being afraid of losing their jobs. Those in charge encourage critics to leave, and some do, rather than waiting to be fired on trumped up charges which would endanger their ability to be employed elsewhere. If, in fact, there is no problem with the program, why the reluctance to allow the bright light of public scrutiny

This is a wake-up call. We shouldn't hit the snooze button

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