March 29th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Stiff security at Tucson school board meetings angers Latinos

Editor's Note: Roberto Rodriguez, the Mexican-American Studies professor who took the photo of Nicolas, has written an opinion piece.  It can be viewed here.

By Thelma Gutierrez and Traci Tamura, CNN

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - It was the evening of March 13, people lined up outside the Tucson Unified School District office in Tucson, Arizona, to attend a school board meeting. Nine-year-old Nicolas was in line with his teenage sister Juliana, waiting to enter the meeting. Juliana, who is in high school, was there to voice her support for the Mexican-American studies program, which was dismantled this year after it was banned by the state.

One by one, each person had to first go through security screening. It wasn’t until Nicolas, wearing a yellow Batman t-shirt, standing with his legs and arms spread apart while being wanded by an armed security guard, that Roberto Rodriguez, an associate professor of Mexican-American studies at the University of Arizona, took notice of the process. Rodriguez grabbed his phone and took two photographs of Nicolas going through security.

Rodriguez, who is also a syndicated columnist, says he sent one of the photographs to several colleagues. Before he knew it, the picture went viral. It seemed to strike a nerve with some people, particularly within the Latino community, who say the pictures symbolize what Rodriguez calls an anti-Latino, anti-immigrant atmosphere in Arizona.

He cites the passage of several pieces of legislation in the state: SB 1070, the controversial anti-illegal immigration law, Arizona’s English-only education law, and HB 2281, a law passed in 2010 that prohibits courses aimed at a particular ethnic group, like Mexican-American studies. The program was designed to teach students American history, American government, literature and art through a Mexican-American perspective.

In January, the program was formally dismantled. Tucson school board member Michael Hicks said the board had no choice but to follow state law.

The move angered students and supporters of the program who fought to save it. Last April, a group of high school students took over a school board meeting, chaining themselves to chairs.

Hicks said the current increased security measures at school board meetings are partly in response to the student takeover. He also tells CNN recent tragedies like the 2011 shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, and a standoff with an armed man at a Florida school board meeting in 2010, warrant additional security.

The security guards, many of whom are armed, are there to insure the safety of all who attend school board meetings, Hicks said. But some parents, like Tanya Alvarez, who is engaged to Nicolas’ father, aren't convinced. Alvarez says school board meetings are public forums to openly discuss education, and going through security screening is intimidating and might keep families away.

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  1. JJ

    I wonder if the board members went through security. A school board member said "The security guards, many of whom are armed, are there to insure the safety of all who attend school board meetings." That would indicate that the board members needed to go through security to assure protection of those attending the meeting.

    March 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Why would the Board members need to go through a security check? They would not disrupt their own meeting now, would they? Only one particular ethnic group has EVER distupted a TUSD board meeting, so now every attendee (non-board member) needs to be checked over.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |

        Donald H go back to your retirement home and stop hating minorities. Dude, the Civil Rights Movement didn't teach you anything, old timer?

        March 31, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tally-Wacker

    Imagine if these latinos had a hispanic version of al Sharpton and jesse Jackson. Since latinos are starting to cry foal for every little thing, they must be learning from the over sensative blacks.

    March 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |

      Tally Whacker (what a red neck name by the way) you are right, we have learned something from our African American and White brothers and sisters who fought for the rights of all Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Thanks to brave Americans like the Freedom Riders, I know I have to speak up whenever I see racism taking hold of our communities again.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. LUIS E.

    More reasons why I love the South. (North Carolina) 🙂

    March 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Criolla

    Do not say "Latinos" use the correct one Mexicans! Why would I want my children to learn Mexican History? I like many people that we are legal inmigrants or citizens are fed up with mexicans demanding and getting what they dont in Mexico.
    They can claim dependants anybody that they say they have in Mexico when they file taxes with the numbers for illegals that the IRS give them
    If one wants to learn Mexican History move to Mexico! Lets use the money that is used for bilingual education for remedial courses and for Honor students.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Why would I want my children to learn Mexican History? Because if you live in Arizona it was part of Mexico, as were California, Texas New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming. Maybe you study US history. Lets not forget the parts of the US that were Russian, French, and British. I guess since most American see no point in learning US history, they see no reason to study any other history. Stupid is as stupid does"

      March 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beachy

        JJ, you, too, would do well to learn your history. Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming??? I don't think so. Mexico claimed PART of Texas, MOST of New Mexico and Arizona, some of Colorado, and the lower THIRD of California. Native Americans controlled a large portion of that area before the 'white man' got there and decided to claim it and kick everybody out. The Apache and Navaho were still there even after the United States claimed the territory and took over. So, yeah, follow your OWN advice, and get a clue. Sheesh...

        April 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stopthelunacy

    Have people stationed outside wearing ICE hats and jackets. Then watch them scatter like roaches when the lights come one.

    March 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • rked

      "Have counselor posted outside the meetings so that bi gots can receive the help they need to overcome their hate disease"

      There Is Nothing 'bigoted' about wanting the Laws of this Land Enforced....AND it is Only peeps like You that bring up the 'race' word precisely because there is NO other defense/excuse for Your UnLawful Actions Defending ILLEGALS....nuff said!!!

      March 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

      Nothing bigoted about scaring children, children, out of schools in Arizona and Alabama. Nothing bigoted about treating little Hispanic kids like criminals going into a prison. Nothing bigoted about erasing the history of an entire segment of our population because it offends a group of racist old snow birds and their inbred children. Cindyh how can you still live with John McCain? Doesn't life among all those bigots in Scottsdale and Tucson get too fascist and intolerable?

      March 31, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. bill

    need to teach them to read,write,and speak english

    March 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Need you to obey the laws of the country in which you are living.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Need to teach you respect for the country in which you live and to behave properly at TUSD board meetings.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beachy

      If you don't like your children being harrassed and your people being murdered, perhaps obeying the law, becoming citizens or going back to your own country is a nice alternative. Encouraging others to do the same would be even better.

      I just think about how Mexico would treat anyone from the United States if we were to go down there and behave in the same manner. If we managed to live that long, considering all the drug-war killings going on at the moment...

      April 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scotty

    The picture is meaningless. Until we know more about the 'reporter' and whether or not he watched everyone going through or felt this one shot was enough to make a story...what does anyone know? Basically we have a single picture and how a person 'feels' about security and we are to assume what? This is kind of what an artists does when creating a picture- put just enough detail and information in to allow the viewer to fill in the rest based on their experiences. I thought reporting the news was something more than that. Guess not. Next.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peter

    America has always had an anti-immigrant sentiment. As soon as the natives realized what the white man was up to, they weren't so welcoming. Once the white man was settled, they were not happy to see more arriving by the boatload. There is a newspaper editorial cartoon from over a hundred years ago, showing the Statue of Liberty giving the finger to the open ocean, holding a sign that says, "we are full, go away!" The current wave of immigrants is largely Latino, and so, it looks like anti-Latino sentiment. It is nothing personal, everybody else had to go through this hazing period.
    Another possible issue, is that many Americans may feel threatened by the culture clash. It may seem that many of these immigrants are trying to replace American culture with their own, rather than contributing to the greater American culture.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |

      We're not scared of them, we just want them to be registerd by obtaining a visa, get a work permit, and pay taxes. Something most have a problem with. A hard working man or woman is welcome were I live regardless of their race or color.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      If you and your "people" want to take this to the streets, be read for the fight of your lives. No U.S. citizen is going to hand over our country to you malcontents.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Any group that does not know how to behave and follow our laws makes everyone uncomfortable. Don't for one second take law and order for a sign of weakness. If you do, you will be mistaken.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |

      Anybody surprised at Donald H and his angry white man who probably owns a gun store and is a member of a militia old racist personality?

      March 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CA Liberal

    My daughter is happily married in Tucson so I go there quite a bit. Tucson is a very open friendly town. The people are great. Phoenix, very different. Full of conservative retired snowbirds from the Midwest. Not very friendly. The government of Arizona is vile. Very anti Latino. Paranoid. Just getting to Tucson on the freeway I get stopped and searched at check stations at least twice, out in the middle of the dessert, and I am clearly white.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      There are no checkpoints between PHX and Tucson; you are mistaken. There is a checkpoint on I-19 going north (because I-19 runs from the US/Mexico border and goes North and then ends when it becomes I-10) but there are NO checkpoints between PHX and Tucson on I-10. There are other checkpoints set up in AZ as well, (one near Yuma, one on the way to Rocky Point, one close to the NM border, and others). While I agree with most of the rest of your posting, I just wanted to clarify this.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. b

    get over it, if you don't like it move

    March 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leila

    And yet you all will sit and wonder why America still has hate crimes and racial conflict. Unbelievable. I am glad that the parents of my school do not feel the way many of these bloggers feel. If they did, there would be weekly race riots on our campus!

    March 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. leila

    Because Mexican-American studies and other cultural studies are not just for Mexicans! ALL students should be exposed to hearing the voices and reading the experiences of others! Perhaps if we emphasized such diverse points of view, we would not have to still be battling racism and hatred in this country!

    March 30, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Rather than devoting an entire educational program to Mexican-American studies, why not make it a 'Multi Cultural" program and involve a greater number of groups? My family comes from Europe but I've yet to see classes in Scottish-American, Polish-American, English-American, German-American, Irish-American, etc. Each and every culture has contributed our nation, why do we need to specifically single any one group out? If it's so important for Mexican-Americans or Latinos (whichever is the most PC), why not set up classes or programs in your local community centers, churches, neighborhoods?

      March 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • leila

      @Chris...I'm not 'singling' a group out. I am simply providing an illustration of what I currently do. I did not mention the other units I teach. OF COURSE, I teach other literature! I am a teacher who LOVES literature and I am from Italy myself! I have been all over Europe and I have brought home with me many collections of European perspectives. It is fun and the kids love it.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. leila

    We should probably be more concerned with what's going on in Dept. of Ed. in New York. They are revamping their state exams by banning words that may be 'unpleasant' to students. We should really pay attention to this seeming trend to regulate education to such an extent that "banning" is the norm! Banning anything that can raise consciousness, spark dialogue, criticism, and independent thought is anti-American and SCARY!

    March 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Actually, the persons you mention are my heroes for standing up to the disruptive behavior of a certain ethnic group.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

      And you all get together, put your white sheets and hoods on and chant around a burning cross. Are you the Grand Masters of your local KKK chapter?

      March 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WomenOnGuard

    I wonder if other states have courses that highlight particular ethnic groups. Do they have courses like this in Miami Florida, for Cuban kids? I'm not aware of any courses like that here... What about in NY? Do they have courses specifically for Puerto Ricans? Or Chinese ethnic courses for oriental students in CA? Seems to me, that this shouldn't be allowed, unless it was an after school program, funded by the parents...

    March 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • leila

      In response to your initial question, I teach an American Literature class in a California high school. I teach not only the classics, but I have developed my curriculum to include post-modern American literature as well. Hence, I do teach Chicano Studies; it is just one unit of several that I teach throughout the year. The objective in American literature is to introduce students to the American experience as told by Americans. Certainly the American experience is different for Mexicans and African-Americans than it is for other racial groups. That is a fact. The literature of Latino authors tells THEIR American stories, their journeys, their struggles and their dreams trying to find THEIR place in America.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • leila

        @Gerald.....Yes, as a matter of fact, it DOES. The students are much more open to history than many people here posting on this blog. It is the teacher's responsibility to keep the class objective. Students are able to see the several points of view, not just one IF the teacher knows what he/she is doing.

        March 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • bill

        then tell them to go home and learn their past

        March 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |

        BILL They are home. It is you who has to leave them alone and stop trying to dictate what minorities can and can not learn at school.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
      • JesusFreaks

        Would someone like to actually define American? What makes us American? We're all products of immigrants, unless you're 100% Native American. Who are we to turn people away who want to become productive members of our society? And I am speaking about the immigrants who intend on becoming legal citizens, not the ones who just want to take advantage of our country. We have plenty of citizens already doing that...

        April 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      Is everything you don't aree with a "facist" comment? Maybe that's the only discriptive word you know? I think some Latinos are facist, especially if they follow the NCLR (La Raza) philosophy. I may yet join the KKK as a countermeasure.

      March 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |

      Spoken like a true bigot. Don't lie to yourself, you are all ready a racist KKK clansman at heart.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kiss

    Alvarez says school board meetings are public forums to openly discuss education, and going through security screening is intimidating and might keep families away.

    It will keep the families with guns and knives away.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ImpishLisa

      amen. if you have nothing on you or do not intend to start stuff, be glad to see security. it keeps things more cool headed.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Really? But a little kid??? Come on! What if it was your toddler or pre-schooler? Do you feel the same way about TSA at the airport too? Security needs to use good judgment.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • s

        unfortunately, there ARE people who would use their own child in this way. if you look into it, you'll find a lot of horrible parents getting popped for putting drugs/weapons in their kids strollers/diaper bags. at least once a month i come across such an article and marvel at the stupidity of some adults. i wasn't at all happy about taking my then 3 year old thru security at the airport, but when you have women that will put baggies of heroin in their child's diaper and try to get on a plane, what can security do?

        March 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. spent

    Do not like what you are getting then go back to the country of origin. I did and glad I am here.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • rockysfan

      Born here and don't like. Racist much?

      March 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  17. Albro

    OK, so the SCHOOL doesn't teach "Mexican-American" studies. THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CANT TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THAT OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CARE ABOUT, YOURSELF!!!! Why must the schools take over the parents' responsibilities? This is the first generation that openly refuses to raise their own children. Notice that there is also no Chinese-American studies, no Russian-American studies, no Angolan-American studies, etc either! Let the school teach kids matters of pure education, and parents can go back to raising their kids, and teaching them their own culture.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • leila

      Come to California! They haven't banned it YET!

      March 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beachy

      I pay taxes and I DON'T want them teaching it to my kids. Got it? Hijacker!

      April 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, PhD

      The reason why we fight to teach MAS in school is because we are taxpayers. The culture is already in the home. The idea of restricting it to the home is a pre-1960s idea.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Donald H

    We only see the tip of the iceburg of what happened and is happening in Tucson in this article. The Ethnic Studies Program at the TUSD was subverted by unsupervised teachers into a historically distorted presentation of the alleged maltreatment of Latinos in America. Instead of supporting unity of ethnic groups in America, the Ethnic Program was encouraging an us-against-them solidarity for Latinos only, which encouraged Latinos to unite to overthrow the "establishment". It encouraged Latinos (and no one else) to excell in school in order to "take charge" of America. The program touted pro-ethinc groups like the NCLR (La Raza) as the political force to enable Latinos to claim there rightful place in this country. The guards at the TUSD School Board meetings are necessary, because there were Latino (not any other ethnic group) activists that tried and succeeded in disrupting Board meetings in the recent past. And that's the real story, not the sanitized version you read here.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      You are absolutely correct, and I'm sure that really upsets those in support of the anti American/White "latino studies". Too bad.

      March 30, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mestizo

      I'm sorry, so the hangings, the beating of the zoot-suiters in California, the police dog attacks, the police beatings, those were all just made up, not real, fantasy. I get it. anything that makes white america look bad isn't true.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

      Justice you seem to be the biggest BIGOT of them all... You prove how one sided some mexicans are from reading all your posts I believe you look to the color of a persons skin prior to knowing who the person is & that is truley sad. And about your post name he was tazed by a stun gun & suffered a heart attack due to meth use.. If you know meth users white, black, & hispanic they are all a little crazy.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |

      yeah, Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman and now Anastacio Hernandez was a meth user. Right. Keep justifying the racist crimes of those like you who are violent and lack any understanding of right and wrong. I feel sorry for you. May God forgive you.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jim

    Would we be seeing this if the child had been Anglo? Were only Hispanics asked to pass through a screening process? It sounds like someone, an angry someone, decided to play the race card.

    March 30, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |

      This wasn't a child was a grown man...

      March 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |

    get overselves your an embarrassment to the upcoming generation of the younger population. go away and let them breathe life into the future universe that will encompass the vitality of vibrant life. YOUR A MITE THAT NEEDS ESTINGUISHED BYE BYE

    March 30, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. Studmuffin

    Usa should form their own einzagruppen any body with a hispanic name.bounties paid 100 to anybody who kills a hispanic.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      Would that include me?

      March 30, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Albro

      Once again, in English this time.

      March 30, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • leila

      @Albro....what's wrong? You can't read German?? More proof that Americans are elitist people who refuse to even learn a new language! At least Mexicans can speak Spanish!

      March 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • rked

        But They make the choice of coming to Our country ILLEGALLY But Will NOT learn English........Sheeeesh!!!!

        March 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |

        Did your bigoted ancestors learn the languages of the Native Americans when they came and murdered and plundered and stole their lands? You bigots have no understanding of history or of right and wrong. Unbelievable, what an excuse for a human being you are.

        March 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Moncada

    Not so true.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  23. Moncada

    Hey guys my father came to to the United States illegally. He became a US citizen, supports us family of five so my mother can take care of us and not some day care, he has learned English, he pays taxes, the mortgage, car payments, utility bills, cell phone/ Internet bills, and has not committed one crime since becoming legal.
    He sounds really threatening doesn't he America?

    March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      Your Dad sounds like a very good person, a person I would be proud to know. But please read the article and realize it is about security and the intrusion it casts on us all. Good comment, wrong issue.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • liza

      The Mexican students are always mad, it's almost a fun game for them to see everything they gain by 'being angry'. The first thing to bring attention to themselves is the fact they hide under the lie of calling themselves immigrants, making one not trust them because of that lie. That alone angers all Americans and it's our country, so we have the right to get mad when a neighboring country openly threatens to steal what we have built. Mexicans don't get these same rights to 'be angry' in their home, Mexico, if they do then they should go back and 'get angry', it might make a nation to be proud of instead of being up here doing their slimy "silent take over of America." If you come here follow our laws and become an American not Mexicans on the dole who do nothing but march for more, and more, and more, things even Americans don't get but have to carry your burden. I bet most of the hispanics on here were born and raised on our dime so now expect more since it was so easy. All Mexicans have to do is 'get mad' and we are supposed to grant their wish.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Mestizo

        You do know that "mexican-american" studies is misleading. have you read the curriculum? read any of the books? I've read several, my family was involved with the farmworkers movement, with the chicano movement, the civil rights movement. I've yet to see any part of the curriculum which openly promotes hatred toward the US. All I see are parts of our/my history which has been white washed (no pun intended). This history DID happen, my family lived through it. Beatings, hanging, shootings, police brutality, immigration brutality, etc. You cannot hide from the truth, history and the truth MUST be one in the same. You can't leave out parts of history simply because its hard to swallow and makes certain people uncomfortable.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Thank You for saying that. People who are quick to make ignorant assumptions have NOT even picked up a book or a textbook written by any of the authors! They have not taken a course in college on Mexican-American studies and don't know the wonderful information that ALL people should be happy to learn. I LOVE teaching other cultures, other perspectives just as much as I enjoy teaching them. Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit and the history of the Zoot Suit riots are part of my curriculum. It is an AMERICAN chapter in history!

        March 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Donald H

        Try reading the history of "your people" from library books. That way you can pick and choose what philisophical viewpoint of history that may suit you. In U.S. public schools supported by U.S. taxpayers, you are taught the U.S. point of view. However, you are free to read about some other point of view if you wish.

        March 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

        LIZA LIZA LIZA you lack the courage that these students have. At least they fight for their heritage and for their rights, like every good American should. What do you fight for? Your right to put down minorities? Go join the GOP, the TEA party, the KKK, the minutemen, the supremacist militas. Get your PhD in hate from them.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      He still broke the law. Do you think people should get to choose which laws the obey? Good luck.....

      March 30, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Mestizo

        You mean to tell me, you have never in your life broken a law! WOW! what a guy. jay walking, speeding, driving with alcohol in your system, running a red light, not stopping at a stop sign for the required time, etc. Never in you're life huh?

        March 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mr. Dalloway

    Americans do it better!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      Mexicans are Americans thou...

      how you talking to?

      March 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald H

      And, where are the Aztecs and the Incas of today? It seems those evil Europeans from Spain had their hand in some of that. Why, they ever converted enough of the native population over to speaking their European language, Spanish, didn't they? Maybe you could start a movement to revive those native languages and cultures. After all, can one call themselves of pure indigenous background while proclaiming Spanish as their native tounge?

      March 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

      Donald H, what is your problem? You want to join the KKK? Go do it. You complain about Gang Bangers this and illegals that, but by saying that you want to join the KKK you are no better than a Gang Banger. You come across as a hateful racist old person who is afraid of the rest of the world. You are a cliche, the typical uneducated white American who is afraid to learn a second language or venture beyond the security of his little neck of the woods. People all over the world make fun of your type of American. Kids, please go to college and don't grow up to be like Old School KKK Grand Master over here.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Peace and Love

    Soledad O'Brien why didn't you right away say that ZimmerMAN is a Hispanic Male? You were trying to make it sound like he is a White jewish man. Why do you have such a chip on your shoulder? Why are you so one sided? I think you are the REAL Racist!! We have real issues in this country that involve ALL of US! Both parties are totally corrupt! We have Wall Street stealing peoples life savings. We have the neocons trying to stir up another war.I see what you're about! Divide and Conquer! Report the real news!!!! Is this what you learned at Harvard?

    March 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      Nicely stated. Agreed.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. WDinDallas

    Look up La Raza!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |

      Look up the KKK, the Minutemen, the TEA party, the GOP, the Tucson School Board, the radical white supremacist militias, Timothy McVeigh, and the list goes on and on and on.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  27. De camino es

    It's not a name, De Camino's Mom. It means "The way it is".

    It's in Spanish to prove a point. I guess that went right over your little head.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDinDallas

      Love the retort. Si Verdad.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Venetianisle

    In Mexico, if you are found to have crossed the border illegally, you are thrown into a Mexican jail (God help you), guilty until proven innocent. If you are one of the few to have enough money for an attorney, or you can pay off a Judge, you may get your day in Court. Than, many more times than not, you are deported promptly. Mexican Justice at its finest!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      If I wanted to live under Mexican law I'd move to Mexico. We still have to keep the criminals out while letting the great people in.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • rked

        And a Criminal IS someone who Sneaks Into This Country....Steals American J-O-B-s, Commits ID Fraud, Steals services by Dropping Anchors....Steals medical services & Forces Taxpayers to pay for Educating their Many ILLEGAL kids.................what were YOU saying about CRIMINALS....???!!!!!!!!!!!

        March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |

        Yeah, let's talk about CRIMINALS: President James Polk, General Tayor, General Scott, and all the racist volunteers from the slaving states of the American South who rushed to plunder, rape, murder, and steal from Mexico in 1847. What a glorious bunch of Christians.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Fine, now we have to be better than that, it's not about 'you do this to one of mine, I'll do even worse to one of yours'. It's about being the better nation, the better people, the country that is still an example to the rest of the world. An example, not a country that forces it's ideas on those who disagree or behaves like some elite, private country club that only the 'right' people can join.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tally-Wacker

      You said it yourself. "Mexicans" So nobody cares. Because mexico failed in killing the cartels so techally is mexico's fault.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

      Spoken like a real role model "Tally Whacker." Now go back doing what red necks do, go pick up some roadkill or still some moonshine.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Galactus888

    The real problem is that the Federal Government has failed to do its job for the past 25 years and the problems of illegal immigration has gotten to the point that the States are trying to do the job that the Federal Government is tasked to do. In 1986 laws were enacted by Congress which made it illegal to hire illegal aliens and allowed the Federal Government to fine any company that hired an illegal alien. We have over 11 million illegal aliens in the United States who are taking millions of jobs that should go to legal citizens. When the Federal Government does its job and deports all illegal aliens, secure the border and fine any company that hires an illegal alien

    March 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rked

      Well Sain & AMEN....

      March 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |

        blah blah blah blah Meanwhile the two biggest contributers to the Republican party are two Texas who stop every anti immigration measure Texas Republicnas want to pass because their business grow fat and rich by using illegal immigrant labor. Such hypocrisy and racism among Republicans is disgusting.

        March 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dale N.M.

    Just like that guy said in the video us against them, it will just go underground and become more radical and then to violence, radical Hispanic anarchists causing riots and probably people dying.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Already there in California, in Arizona most first and second generation would kill the traitors.

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

        You are a real violent one, aren't you? You know who you remind me of, Timothy McVeigh. Remember him? Everytime you angry white men get angry, something blows up. It is not Hispanics instigating violence. It is the angry white militia types like you.

        March 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. 1twinsfan

    Such ignorance displayed here. If a person, any person, any color, any ethnicity, were to study Arizona history, then it would include quite a bit of history when the state was part of Mexico. The land didn't start existing when Doc Holliday got to Tombstone, you know. in fact, it's only been a state for one hundred years.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venetianisle

      Correct, and there are many radicals in Mexico and the US that believe it is Mexico's and their people's right to take back Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California as Mexican territory.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • tct

        This kind of crap is part of what made me vote for Brewer, and I support Obama!

        March 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • bif

        Yeah people forget that if you lose a war you lose the land your were fighting over. This country didn't steal any land not from Indians not from Mexico or any other country. We fought for it or bought it outright

        March 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |

        BIF (really, your name is BIF? what part of backwoods red neck land are you from, BIF?) so when "you fight for land "that does not belong to you in the first place that does not represent STEALING? Wow. You white supremacists are in denial, you rewrite reality and history at your convenience to justify crimes against other ethnic and racial groups. Next thing you will say is that Slavery did not happen and that Europeans were justifiend in the genocide against Native Americans. WOW, some real inbreds posting in this blog today. Do you have a confederate flag painted to your General Lee, Dukes of Hazard NASCAR racer?

        March 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      I remember raising my hand in history class and asking the teacher...

      "Why is the Mexican-American War only one paragraph?"

      March 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bif's Mom

      bif, the US ATTACKED Mexico. Good lord, learn something.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • tct

        Wrong, Mexico tried to retake part of Texas, the US may have welcomed the war, but Mexico made the first move.

        March 30, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Mestizo

        wrong!! Texans were illegally trespassing into Mexican territory, settling illegally on Mexican land. thats what started the conflict.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Back when I took state history (more than 40 years ago) Native American , Spanish and Mexican history and influence were a large part of the course.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • mlm56

      I lived in Tucson for 23 years. If you cannot embrace the culture of the Southwest you should not live there.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  32. tct

    If the protestors hadn't decided to become criminals it wouldn't have happened.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct's Mom

      Dissent is allowed in this country.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Dissent is allowed, they made criminal threats on camera.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |

      So now protesting is a crime. Fascist.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. bugjuice

    Yeah for Arizona I wish Nebraska had you guts. Some tried but we have such pansies in this state that raised such a fuss it was ridiculous. We are so inundated with these people it.s terrible and if they come here to have kids we ought to make the idiots in washington take them in and pay for them they should not be citizens they are criminals just like their parents and I.m tried of supporting them and the people they support back in mexico. Get out of afghanistan and bring the soldiers home and close that border and then round them up and dump them back into mexico along with their kids and if any thing made or grown in mexico comes across the border put a triple tariff on it.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      Congrats.. you just reinforced the sterotypes the rest of the country has about people from nebraska.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      I have confession to make. My father came illegally to this country from Mexico.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Roger smith

    well its not racist since hispanics are white, one thing we have learned from the zimmerman case is that hispanics are white people. dont even try to pull some race card.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      that dude is part puerto rican and majority white. nothing to do with a mexican

      March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Roger smith

        his parents were from peru. his adopted father is white. hence the name zimmerman. thats why CNN quit saying white hispanic

        March 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rked

      Who Are YOU calling a bigot...???-.You need to go back & reRead Your Own Posts....YOU spew Sooooo Much Hate Your Insides Must be BLACK.......

      March 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jeff

    More racial profiling. Maybe they should wear hoodies.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris

    These race baiters are tearing this country apart.
    So a wacko can give their 4 year old kid a gun or knife to sneak through and then Hicks will be sorry he ever took that picture.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bracamonte

    Really all my cousins went to Berkley and Yale... they are mexican..

    where did you go... a state college?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • boo boo

      Must have been because of racial quotas.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      So you couldn't even get into a state college huh...

      at least you have community college..

      March 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      You speak as if it's even an accomplishment anymore for minorities to get into prestigious schools. They're filling their quotas because of social pressures. And all the while, minorities such as you are dupes, falling into the white hierarchy system of class ("Where'd you go a state college?") which just shows your ignorance and that you are not a better individual. Not at all.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bracamonte

        No Maria... its just responding back on a level he would understand...

        "They're filling their quotas because of social pressures" Are you kidding...

        I mean god forbid there's no possible way they are just as intelligent despite their ethnicity ...

        and Go read BOO BOO's post and tell me you want to support him...


        come again.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franie

      They probably did go to a state college. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR EDUCATIONS! The Mexican screww the taxpaying citizens out of the money for theirs!

      March 30, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  38. Chuck

    What do you mean? CNN keeps reporting Zimmerman as white.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      White Hispanic....hmmm. Trying very hard to understand all of the hodge pdoge. And now we have the NEW Black Panthers. Unfortunately they have No Chance of matching the history... mostly grand standing.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarIela

      He is white because Hispanic /Latino is not a race, there are 3 white, black, oriental. His mother is white Peruvian, if she would be a Black Peruvian he would be mulatto like Soledad Obrian or others similar.
      The term that you think as race is a term used for all people that speak Spanish, that do not have nother in common with each other. , dare call an Irish, Scotts, Australian, "English'!

      March 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Chuck

    I can't believe that nice, white, innocent, middle aged Mike Hicks was wanded by security. We should post that picture on youtube and twitter and let it go viral so white America can stand up for this injustice.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dale N.M.

    All of this because of a few radical thinking Hispanic teachers, with an inferiority complex.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale N.M.

      But the teacher unions are protecting them

      March 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Toomanyillegals in dallas

    For people living in states overrun by illegals such as california, arizona & texas let us inundate I.C.E with names of companies hiring them as well the physical address of their dwellings. Go to a city hospital and see how they are overwhelming the healthcare structure. And now corporations like bank of america have branches in the DFW metroplex almost fully staffed by mexicans-only a few employees need to be bilingual( i already opened up a TX credit union acc, soon closing my boa one in protest). Surely thousands of suitable candidates must have been snubbed by boa in favor of persons who's parents probably came here illegally. How they manage to get apartment leases, bank accounts, car leases and drivers licences without a valid SSN points to complicity within the system. They have their own in govt. depts. GCA SERVICES GROUP in dallas tx discriminates against other races and has several illegals on their payroll. Who's gonna correct this?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      Dallas economy would collapse with out them..

      thats why genius..

      March 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pfffttt

      Yeah, that's what you'd like to think, Bracamonte.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. De Camino's Mom

    Hey Camino,

    Why don't you change your name to an English one? People like you would have wanted to stop the American Revolution. OMG, dissenters, we can't have that!! Are you an idiot, a hypocrite, or both?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  43. boo boo

    Maybe Mexicans should look at why citizens of the United States don't trust them and solve the reasons as to why they are constantly associate them with violence and crime.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |

      Maybe bigots and Republicans should start acting like decent humans beings and that way the world wouldn't you are all inbred racist retrogrades and war mongering lunatics?

      March 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  44. WDinDallas

    Well put!

    March 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |

      Really people, this is what you spend your time cheering about? Putting down minorities? Celebrating backwards laws in Arizona that seek to oppress Mexican American children? Wow, you must be Right Wing Republican Tea Party Minutemen KKK Santorum Crossbred with Bachman Gay Hating Women Hating English Only Love it or Leave it Red neck KKK Grand Master Slave Denying Gun Clenching NRA Tim McVeigh Radicals. See people, (I'm talking to the rest of America now, not you crazies) this is why we need to stand up and vote these lunatics out of office for good.

      March 31, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  45. WDinDallas

    "anti-immigrant" This is ridiculous. They are illegal immigrants and should be arrested when found, especially at school meetings. This affirmation action, preferential option, business has gone way to far. Why does the American taxpayer have to take care of our poor, our generational welfare bums, drug addicts, prisioners, etc... and all of Central and South America's too? We should just invade them and have them start paying taxas.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bracamonte

      The majority of hispanics in this country are not illegal bud..

      you nailed sounding hitlerish thou if thats what you were going for

      March 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. lol

    It's always funny when someone gets onto others about spelling/grammar and then fails to check their post before publishing it.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Trent

    If "your"? Sigh....

    March 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great catch!


      March 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seidan

      Technically it isn't spelled incorrectly.....it's just the wrong word.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  48. forreal89

    wow sounds like you are not happy go back to Mexico and do all the latino studies you want you bunch of ungrateful freeloaders

    March 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • boo boo

      Amen to that.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1twinsfan

      Hispanic does not mean Mexican nor immigrant. This area of the US was once Mexico. But don't let facts get in the way.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • spent

        Who cares, it ain't now....that is all that matters, liberal

        March 30, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Takes one to know one

      De Caminos Mom is quite familiar with welfare checks, and that's just for starters.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      It would be studies about Mexico not Latino.
      Latino would include the French, Romanian, and Portuguese, etc.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. taskmaster

    People who play the race card because they think they are special and should be above the law offend me.If they can't live by the rules as everyone else they should just pack up and move tothe freedom of Mexico..

    March 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Dan

    Arizona is leading us into a police state in the name of preventing us from living in a police state.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Charles Gannon

    How about Polish- American studies?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      How about US History?

      March 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Yeah I want Tahitian studies or else you're all racists.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dieshard

      When MY grandparents came here from POLAND, they learned ENGLISH !!!! Polish was spoken at home only!!! My grandfather joined the army to show his PRIDE and thanks for immigrating to the U.S.. English was always spoken at gatherings!!1 He was a proud AMERICAN !! Yes, he was American first and Polish second !!!

      March 30, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  52. Moncada

    You spelled guero wrong. It's spelled güero.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Al

    I don't see why they should be learning a different history to other parts of the country. If you live in America, you should learn history as it stands to all Americans, not the Mexican version.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronnie

      The program was designed to teach students American history, American government, literature and art through a Mexican-American perspective.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al's Mom

      Uh, hate to break it to you Al, but Mexicans are Americans. Kinda like two continents' worth of people. Might want to work on that GED.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. King James

    When I was a child growing up in a white town, my teachers taught me that the U.S. was a melting pot. Now that minorities are becoming majorities, those very same teachers now tell me multi-culturism is bad. They only felt comfortable with a melting pot made up of European descendants. Now, they are panicking. Too bad for them. They should get used to the modern melting pot. It is a reality they will not escape. They need to get accept it and move on.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      And there are many people who believe the United States was meant to be a White country only or the majority in it, but demographics change, unfortunate for them.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Wait, I thought hispanics were white. Isn't that why we're throwing the race card at Zimmerman? Oh wait, we're only minorities when it's convenient now.

      And we can have a melting pot, but when you melt you're supposed to join together, blend. It's called our culture. There's nothing wrong with having an "American Culture" that we all share. It may be a euro-centric culture, but it is what it is. If you like a different culture, go join it. If you like the American culture, assimilate. Why is that a bad thing?

      If immigrants are drawn here, legal or illegal, there's a reason for it. That draw was formed by our culture. Welcome to America, now be American.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • forreal89

      The Europeans were productive now all we get are a bunch of people draining all state resources and committing a ton of crime

      March 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Luis Cipher

    ....and that's when the sodomy started.....

    March 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. lol

    Your caps lock is broken

    March 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  57. lol

    So let me get this straight...

    Latinos are okay that other ethnic groups were screened but it wasn't until the Latinos got screened that this became an issue?

    Why am I not surprised?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sagebrush Shorty

    Did they check white and black people also? If so then what is the problem? This race card garbage is getting ridiculous.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil

      They scanned a LITTLE CHILD. That's the problem. Forget race, it just happens to be that rampant ethnocentricity has led us to a world where we fear a nine year old child enetering a darn school board meeting. Wake up.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mery

        Well that's normal. They do the same at the airports!

        March 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Navyvet

    CNN love to stir the hatred dont they

    March 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Home Brewed

      Only stirring the hatred that the GOP home brews for public consumption.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes, I'll have salsa with that

      The GOP is the only thing standing between you and tacos for breakfast home brewed.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Moncada

    I vote Republican and I'm Hispanic but have not lost my mind.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perp Lexed

      You have a mind??????

      March 30, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  61. Peikovianyi

    Hey, CNN: slow news day for Occupy?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      And there's no news on the Trayvon Martin front...

      March 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Moncada

    @Schmoe- It's Moncada (Mhon-Kha-Dha) derived from Spanish and German.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mark in Omaha

    Wow, maybe I'll vote Republican after all so we can tighten immigration and get the whiners back on their side of the border. Love it or Leave it!

    March 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte in Omaha

      We are fortunate that most people that live in this part of the USA (of all races) seem to love living in the US and don't complain like the Mex's do in the Southwest. Geesh!

      March 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Vincent

    "......the 2011 shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, and a standoff with an armed man at a Florida school board meeting in 2010, warrant additional security." according to CNN article

    Really? The both gunmen are white, not Hispanic

    March 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Use Facts

      Wow, both of those gunmen were white and that proves that only white people would be capable of doing anything like that. Security is checking everyone, the young boy is not a threat by himself, but someone could use him to smuggle a weapon in for them.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      So are you suggesting only white people be screened? C'mon, let your racist nature show. Anybody who buys into this race baiting nonsense is already a closet racist.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Nunya

    Way to go – selective pictures of one child being screened versus EVERYONE else being screened. Makes me sick to see this kind of crap and instigation. Some reporter to toss the race card. Not impressed.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Use Facts


      March 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Hispanickidwhounderstandshowstupidthisarticleis

    Hahahahaha this is a stupid article. The race card has been overused. Security is security, people will complain about not being safe, but won't take the proper steps. this has nothing to do with race and this article should just be taken down period.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Responder

      Yeah, a nine year old Hispanic kid is a serious security threat. He definitely is going to go on a shooting spree or set off a bomb

      March 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Why Use Facts

        Yeah, nobody would think of having a young child carry the weapon in if they knew the child wouldn't get screened.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • You must be very young

        You were never in 'Nam, were you.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • bif

        Or Iraq or Afghanistan

        March 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaud

      Vile racist

      March 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      The article is news, it doesn't need to be taken down.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      The only people complaining are the ones who think they deserve special treatment. If that's not the case then why isn't everyone complaining?

      Answer: Because some people don't feel they deserve special treatment due to the color of their skin.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Byron

    This is all amazing on how sensitive everyone gets with the POST 911 screenings. As a Combat Vietnam Veteran, I continually object to the intrusions, as I believe screenings do not deter violent action. However, how Mr. Rodriguez can object to screens that everyone else went/goes through is not logical. Recently, as a US Citizen, Combat Veteran I had to under go a screening at the Dallas Federal Building and LAX where I had to be stripped searched since I have a total hip replacement as a result of injury in Vietnam. Yes, I agree they are invasive, but suck it up; we all have to put up with it till there is a change, and there will be change.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  68. joewendi

    Are they here legally?

    March 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Are you? Arizona is full of racist idiots.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |

    I live in Tucson...if there is going to be a mexican study class, then there should also be a chinese study class, a black study class..on and on..these students at these schools who are ditching school to "march" or breaking into a school board meeting are disrespectful, rude, hateful children..hence the guards and security..the media does not explain the topics and teachings of these classes..as to why they were banned..,research and check them out..they certainly are not a mexican history class...at all...

    March 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      I live in Tucson too, you're wrong about the criteria, the issue was they refused to make it an elective (had they done that the state law wouldn't have even been brought to the floor). You're right about the misbehavior, I wouldn't hire any of them, too unethical and aggressive.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |

        I would hire them. Educated and not afraid to stand up to ignorant bigots like you and hate monguering politicos like Janet Brewer of Hate, Kris Kobach, and the Tucson school board.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • 1twinsfan

      When was China ever connected by land to the US? It wasn't and if you're in Tucson then you are in a place that was once Mexico. I was taught this in elementary school because I was learning my state's history. Right there on Ajo Way in Tucson.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Phil in Oregon

    I have nothing against immigration. The 15 million illegals should all be deported, though. Yes, it will cost money, but it will cost either way. With my way they will be available to improve the situation in their home country.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |

      Go back into the woods with the rest of your survivalist militia buddies and cuddle. Leave the debate to those with a college degree. Deport 15 million people? Are you crazy? You whites don't like to procreate, who is going to do the real work in this country when you deport the 15 million immigrants who do all the labor? You? You live in the hippiest state in the nation, clown.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  71. Moncada

    Hey CNN, Naïve is the correct way to spell "naive." The Diaeresis over the "i" in this case is acceptable. How could CNN not know English?

    March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      Chloë, Zoë…. Wow CNN this is unacceptable, they are both spelled correctly.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Since they post that would be YOUR spellcheck, NOT CNN.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moncada

        So to you am I right or wrong?

        March 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • You got it right

        na·ive or na·ïve (n-v, nä-) also na·if or na·ïf (n-f, nä-)
        1. Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially:
        a. Simple and guileless; artless:

        They're both right, Moncada. The hilarious part is that you're the perfect candidate.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      You're petty and obsessed, most keyboards don't have the inflections so the spelling is approximated, you're wrong about it being CNN and you'[re wrong thinking it's worth anyones time.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moncada

        Sorry for thinking Americans should learn proper English not the sub-English they speak.

        March 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • lol

        Just because the symbol does not have a key does not mean you can't type the symbol. It's called the character map, and I'm certain CNN's computers have it.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Did she finally learn?

        Wow! Moncaca didn't misuse your/you're this time. Amazing.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • schmoe

      Is it Moncada, or Monica? Even your name is confusing to us stupid Americans that run the planet because we're so stupid.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venetianisle

      Moncada, CNN, along with every other major News organization, and for that matter any print publication, uses the AP style of writing and grammar. In many cases this style saves precious print space. Under this style, the word naive is spelled correctly. I would suppose that is why Naïve was flagged.

      Sorry, I guess this "naive" American knows just a little about English grammar.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Think about it

        If they flagged it once, why didn't they flag it this time?

        March 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Fr33th1nk3r

    If you don't like it– GO HOME.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      They are home, they're US citizens, your home must be a padded cell.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • schmoe

        Tejano Cubano Texicano (TCT),

        No, they're not home, otherwise there wouldn't be a problem.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Moncada

    My view on this is that the students could learn Mexican-American topics in their own time just like I do with it, the Romans, the Spanish, English, French.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      If the school board had even gone along with making it an elective the state wouldn't have acted, neither side is sane.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  74. tct

    Even most of the illegals here (Tucson) think these students and "activists" are making Hispanics look irrational and intolerable (and the majority side with them in wanting the class restored). Yeah, complain about wanding after smuggling inn handcuffs with no keys two meetings in a row and cuffing yourselves to the building while screaming threats.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Moncada

    @Pat- So this man is going to kill every Hispanic, Spanish, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Italian in America?

    March 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jimbo

    the juice censored my last post. Think I'll knock back a couple of Guiness and clean my Mossberg 12 gauge
    and renew my NRA membership. Hata la vista from a retired Irish Yankee in N.E.
    BTW, I looove Texas and the barbecue stuff. Also,the Patriots are waaay better than the NYG even though they lost
    the Stupor Bowl. Goodell really came down hard on the Saints,didn't he??
    Next Super Bowl-Cowboys and Patriots!!

    March 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Capt. Obvious

    CNN has done it again. An atmosphere against immigration? Really, that's the best you people can do? I can't find anyone against immigration, it's the ILLEGAL entry into the country people don't like. But then again, don't let the facts bother you.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Moncada

    So if I ask for directions in Spanish in Arizona they're going to call border patrol on me? How ridiculous.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      No, but changing language won't make you sound intelligent or rational either.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moncada

        Trust me, most of this nation is Uni-lingual, that is a disadvantage in the global stage. Everyone knows that someone who knows more languages is far superior. Naïve this country is, even CNN flagged my diaeresis over the "i."

        March 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Think about it

        Moncada, you're totally wrong about bilinguals being superior. I suppose you think that to make yourself feel good.

        You wrote: "Naïve this country is, even CNN flagged my diaeresis over the "ï."

        You learned a new word today, right? Congratulations.

        Now the poignant question: If CNN flagged your diaeresis once, why didn't they flag it this time?

        March 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venetianisle

      Moncada, CNN, along with every other major News organization, and for that matter any print publication, uses the AP style of writing and grammar. In many cases this style saves precious print space. Under this style, the word naive is spelled correctly. I would suppose that is why Naïve was flagged.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Pat

    gota go kids, been fun. Showme? If you are still on you keep the flags of discontent flying!! Ride em Cowboy!

    March 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Lou in ATL

    very good...you must be the one that learned to read and write in your family. Keep up the good work.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Pat

    Right on, brother, right on. You're preaching to the choir! Those Jews, what they won't do, eh? Still, tho, i love those Kosher Beef Hot Dogs and pickeled herring.....maybe a good lean pastrami and a snappy kosher pickle on the side....hmmmm.

    Hey Jimbo, how come you always see Jews eating in a chinese restaurant, but you never see the Chinese eating in a deli?

    I love Nate and Al's in Beverly Hills and Zabars in New York (Screw Carnigie, tourist trap!)

    March 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Zoglet

    only in America! Land of the.....

    March 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      finish it Zoglet, come on, just let it rip

      March 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoglet

      I forgot how it goes- it cant be "free"can it?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  83. PeteH

    If you check one person, you have to check them all. If you don't check every person, you might as well not check even one. I say quit your whining, Thelma. The school hired these guys to keep you safe. Let them do their job! If that was a white kid being wanded, no one would have said boo!

    March 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      "It's just like gum in the classroom y'know. Ya gotta have a stick for everybody, but then the teacher doesn't really mean it...."

      (if you read this to yourself in a Forest Gump voice it is a lot funnier)

      March 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Pat

    I like your style, man! Excellent! Sacastic, witty and to the frickin point!

    March 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Pat

    Aethist? You still on this board? I a surrounded by angry Lance, angry Brandee and apparentley lunatic Showmeyerpapers.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Showmeyerpapers

    Where u at pat, love to bring u some american justice

    March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I am a 55 year old white male in Texas, a business owner and a gun owner and an avid hunter, too. I am pretty sure I paid more in health care fo my employees last year than you probably made and I am darn sure I paid more in taxes. I just think you are full of your self making childish statements on the internet. That is too easy, want proof?

      Come on down Colorado Boy, I will show you a few of my full-auto collectors items.

      Se how easy that is to be full of it?

      March 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

        Pat and I are are both located in this place called "Reality". You're welcome to join us any time!

        March 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hoosier 9mm

        If it had been white kids, or if that boy in Florida had been white, it wouldn't have made national news. Local maybe yes by not national. I am in no way racist in anyway shape or form, but people are too wound up with this idea that people of color have it so bad. It is those people exactly why we have the amount of racism that we do. They fuel it, and the news adds more gas. Look in the mirror, if you see anything but just another person, then you are a bigot and part of the problem!

        March 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

      I would imagine you'd be hard pressed to find a way out of the padded room in which you currently find yourself residing...

      March 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Brandee

    OMG everyone had to go through security. How the hell is this a racial thing? You damn people need to get over yourselves already and stop seeking attention. There is security everywhere you go anymore. What the mexicans shouldn't have to go through security now? Is this going to be another law passed through congress? Mexicans here dont have to have a drivers license to drive. If they get pulled over they are the only race who's car doesn't get impounded, now they're going to make an issue about security. This whole fricken racist crap makes me want to puke. Mexicans aren't any more fricken special than anyone else. You guys are crying a river so big your ancesters wont be able to swim through it.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Good comments Brandee. Way to put those uppity Mehicans in their place, with their fancy jobs mowing lawns and cleaning dishes in the restaurants! How dare they get upset at the wanding of a 9 year old. Everyone knows those devious Mexicans hide their bombs and guns on thier kids. You go right ahead and puke! I have a barf bag for you and i will film it and put it up on YouTube because that's what "real" Americans do. We don't work together for a better society, we just post goofy stuff on the internet...

      March 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck

        What does asking for 100% screening have to do with any of your reply?

        March 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Showmeyerpapers

    Mehicans will OUTDIE us by 2030

    March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      "Dateline Denver. 3/29:
      "Denver area man, ELMER SHOWEYERPAPERS, threatens death to all Latinos in America. News at 11:00"

      March 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fritz

      Sounds like a good plotline for a new movie... call it...? 'Last of the Mehicans'. Mebbe we can get Danial Day Louis to play the lead? He'd make a great General Santa Anna!

      March 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. KJ

    I can't believe someone who lives in Tucson is surprised that a little over a year after the Loughner murders there is some security at a controversial public venue, especially after the previous protests at the meeting. Dude, it's not about YOU, and I'm curious if you are offended when you go through screening at Tucson Int'l.

    Plus, just seeing some of the pictures of the posters that were hanging in the classrooms of those courses was indicative of something more than academic discussion. Not sure if TUSD knows that the Gadsden Purchase was signed, making Tucson part of the U.S.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |

      The Tucson shooting cannot even be remotely compared to this. First of all, the shooter on January 8th was mentally ill. It was not politically driven whatsoever. I think there should be opportunities for ethnic studies courses in Tucson, and all over the country. What does it hurt? People get to decide what to study in college, so why shouldn't high school lead some students in the direction of where they want to go? Probing a nine-year-old is just wrong. If I were his parents, I would be really angry. Yes, I am from Tucson. Yes, I am white. Who the hell cares.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |

      KJ I bet you never read about how the US started a racist war with Mexico in 1847 based on the South's hunger for more slave states and President Polk's need to manifest destiny America from cost to cost. Yeah, your white washed textbooks don't include anything that will hurt the poor psyches of little white children who want to grow up to become Aryans like their parents. Real Americans of every color and religion don't have a problem with their neighbors learning about their heritage. Grow up.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  90. Showmeyerpapers

    A hunting we will go

    March 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      What-cha huntin' there Elmer? Wabbits?

      March 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

      FBI we got another Timothy McVeigh militia type over here. Please flag him as a possible home grown terrorist.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  91. tct

    Discrimination? Students criminally disrupted 2 meetings, the extra security is because people tried extortion against the school board, not racism.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Phoenix

    “Alvarez says school board meetings are public forums to openly discuss education, and going through security screening is intimidating and might keep families away.”
    Give me a break!
    If Martin Luther King Jr. and friends can face men with guns, firehouses, batons, and dogs Latino’s should be able to muster up some courage to face a few metal detectors.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Showmeyerpapers

    Still got my vote Mr Cain. Herman my man, my main man,the "hermanator" got the nwo scared to death . The man will allow the states to enforce the dadgum law against mehicos invasion of our lives! That would ruin everything for the nwo. Illegals must have murdered at least 250 000 americans in the last 50 years. Cant you hear their blood scream for justice from their graves? Our american brothers and sisters victims of federal ethnic cleansing! Sometimes at night i can hear a car horn stuck on as if in an accident,then another and another and so on when one goes silent the tune is carried on by others till they fill the night with the constant blare,the horrific ane sickening symphony of americans getting wiped out by illegal "hispanic" drivers, theyre wiping out entire families daily

    March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Even if you kick ALL of the illeagals out TODAY, the legals will still out-breed you by 2030!1

      Doomed you are!!

      March 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

        So...if you aren't "white" do you automatically qualify as "illegal"?

        March 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Aetheist: Answer is "Yes", if you are not white you are illegal. What, did you lose your secret W.A.S.P. handbook?

      March 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

        Oooohhh! _That_ handbook?! I only take that out for "special" occassions...like if I need to provide an authority figure a reason for involuntary committal...

        March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |

      Doctor! We have a crazy over here! Orderlies, come restrain this nutball, pronto! And then, the nutball starts to hear his beloved English language, "the native tongue of the United States of America," start morphing into Mehican Spanish. His ultimate nightmare has become a reality, he poops his panties and screams but the scream comes out in Spanish! NOOOOOOOOO! Los ilegales han invadido America! Nooooooo, casa de mi padre is now a reality!!!! Noooo, don't take me to the nuthouse with the rest of the white supremacist nutcases!!!

      March 31, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  94. Showmeyerpapers

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    March 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |

      Orderlies! We found the nutball who escaped from the loony bin in Colorado! Quick, before he runs away naked and starts a chapter of the KKK.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Showmeyerpapers

    Anti latin oh sentiment? You better believe it, nationwide and stronger every day! If they want a mehican perspective go the hell to a mehican school. Every latin oh represents the theft of an americans standard of living period!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      angry white man, grrrrr! growl angry white man, growl.

      Census: "Latino majority by 2030"

      Tee-hee! (can't stop 'those parasites" frm doing the nasty without birth control, can you?)

      Republican man say: "Birth control BAD!"

      Catholic Mehicans take over country by 2030!

      March 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Pat

    Holy cow! Every body mad. Specially Ted. "these parasites", way to put them down Theodore!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Mark

    If security keeps you away, good. I don't know anyone who is coming to speak their mind that is intimidated by security. Do you ever go to a basketball or football game? Get over it. I wanted to attend the meeting but there were som many angry hispanics that I couldn't get in the door. Maybe I should yell that to the press; oh wait I am white that doesn't count. If you don't like the rules drive South... If you want to participate then do it; if you are going to complain then go home. Really, security is the big issue?

    March 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

      What an unhappy existance you must have being so busy noticing not only the race and/or ethnicity of the individuals that surround you...but spending actual time and energy being angry about the sheer number of "others"! How do you find time to eat?

      March 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pat

        You're screen name is intersting. Are you searching for someone like you, or are you searching for someone you want to do harm to???

        If you would like, i will come over to your house and blow up your god.

        That kind of extremist?

        March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

        It is meant to be representative of the shocking shortage of extremist "non-believers" in our world today. You have all kinds of people committing horrible acts – murders, mass rapes, wars, justifying all types of injustices etc..all in the name of (insert religion of choice here). I'm yet to find a true blue atheist who would behave in any such manner in the name of (blank).
        – I have no god for you to blow up – but it was hysterical that you offered!

        March 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gex

        You do know that all tyrannical communist dictators that killed millions of people were atheist right? I assume you don't by having an idiotic handle like that, Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, Mao, Fidel Castro, etc. etc. etc..
        Heck even the Nazis plan of eugenics is geared more towards atheism, they just simply used Christianity in a demented form as a rally point.
        So you wanted and Atheist extremist, well history has plenty of them and being ignorant to that fact proves just like your name that you are indeed ignorant.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Inculpa

    My god has CNN become useless.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  99. searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    I thought the point was the age of the child being screened, not the child's ethnicity.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ted

    I'll bet he took no hotos of the whites and blacks being wanded. There was a need to be proactive with security, good for them, and shame on this pos pulling the race card instead of taking a stand on the Anti American mexican studies these parasites want so badly.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franie

      I clearly saw a "WHITE" member of the school board being wanded by the metal detector, didn't see him raising hell and chaining himself to tables! He was too busy FOLLOWING THE RULE OF LAW!

      March 30, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
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