Opinion: Why is Arizona threatened by Mexican-American studies?
Supporters of Arizona's tough new immigration law rally in Phoenix when the law was proposed in 2010.
January 6th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: Why is Arizona threatened by Mexican-American studies?

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr. , CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - Who's afraid of a harmless course in Mexican-American studies?

Arizonans. That's who. It figures. In the immigration debate, the state that has demonstrated that it is terrified of changing demographics and determined to run off Latinos seems afraid of its own cultural footprint.

We're talking about courses in Mexican-American history being taught to high school students of all colors and backgrounds in the Tucson Unified School District.

Concerned that teachers are presenting material in a biased and inflammatory manner, a posse of elected officials, education bureaucrats and school board trustees - made up of Democrats and Republicans - are trying to shut down the district's Mexican-American studies program.

Read Navarette's full commentary

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  1. OregonTom

    It appears people are afraid of instigators starting a guerrilla war to reunify Arizona with Mexico. Kinda silly.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Briana

    This is sad , this is just a way too old minorities back and too keep our view point narrow and not know the truth behind the foundation of america

    January 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |