Arizona has been the place of many racial battles. It seems to be a hotbed of bigotry and revolutionary questioning. Arizona is wherein Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got their start in politics by means of probing an unscrupulous sheriff’s practices.
They had been arrested and acquitted. After that, they have been presented a $3 million settlement agreement with Maricopa County.
Now, students in Arizona have reason to have a good time. They have received the opportunity to have Mexican-American research be listed as part of university curriculum. A federal judge decided in December that it’s illegal for the country to refuse to offer Mexican-American research to college students.
The struggle has been waging for almost seven years. It all started out while lawmakers in Arizona granted a law that allowed them to ban ethnic research.
The law was designed simply with to target a college with a popular Mexican-American research curriculum. The district threatened to pull funding from the group and the college become pressured to close the program down. All relative textbooks were confiscated and burned, Orwellian style. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Then, word got out on Twitter that A. Wallace Tashima – one of the magistrates liable for passing the ban – stated the ban on Mexican-American research was absolutely influenced by using anti-Mexican American attitudes. Such blatant bigotry and racism is unacceptable in a true democracy. Every person must accept another person’s equality.
It’s unbearable to assume that we stay in a place and time in which cultural understanding of any kind is banned – specifically history relating to lifestyle and ethnicity. Humans have an inherent drive to realize where they come from.
Our history defines us as people. with out a deep understanding of yourself you stand stranded and lost among a sea of strangers. Mexican-American research provided many younger immigrants the important piece missing from their lives.
It’s disheartening to know it took seven years to overcome; however, it’s comforting to realize the amount of ground we have gained.
The Frontera Fund supports students of all ethnicities and focuses strongly towards the rights of immigrants. The underrepresented communities of undocumented families must no longer be forgotten.
The decision to repeal the ban on Mexican-American studies comes at the heels of the choice to repeal DACA and DREAM. Possibly, this victory will launch us into the future and fan the flames to create a new DREAM Act. If we stand with the Frontera Fund, we can all be part of the exchange.