Precious Knowledge puts spotlight on Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona

Documentary: PBS Independent Lens – Precious Knowledge

Runtime: 55 minutes – Watch the full film through June 7, 2012

Great documentary. It pains me to see that we are still struggling to meet the reality of genocide. In this context, cultural genocide. Yet still connected with physical genocide. Taking away a beacon of hope like ethnic studies to pull the people out of the hole of drop out rates and thus near-inevitable incarceration is but a cog in the de facto machine of racial apartheid and class stratification.

Also, notice how the white bureaucrats in question use anti-racist language of the Civil Rights Movement to enact racist legislation. They also do not allow for any critique of the United States or the “forefathers”. And to the remark of Huppenthal wondering where the “forefathers” were in the classroom, it should be understood that is what the mainstream required history classes are for. It’s a double standard to expect mainstream history to overflow into alternative elective classes when the reason the alternative elective classes exist is to supplement what is missing in mainstream required history. I’m surprised no one in the class brought that point up.


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