Gerry Canavan

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HB 2281

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Whereas SB 1070 focused primarily on the ostensible control of bodies, HB 2281 is predominantly about controlling minds. In this sense, it is the software counterpart of Arizona’s race-based politicking, paired with the hardware embodied in SB 1070’s “show us your papers” logic of “attrition through enforcement” that has already resulted in tens of thousands of people leaving the state. With HB 2281, the intention is not so much to expel or harass as it is to inculcate a deep-seated second-class status by denying people the right to explore their own histories and cultures. It is, in effect, about the eradication of ethnic identity among young people in the state’s already-floundering school system which now ranks near the bottom in the nation.

Effective January 1, Arizona bans ethnic studies, reason, and justice. Via Lindsey.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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