Today in WTF

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the measure for years, said Tuesday that a Tucson school district program promotes “ethnic chauvinism” and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.

“It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it,” Horne said.

How many things are wrong with this? First, let’s state the obvious, ethnic STUDIES in no way equal to SLAVERY.

Second, his reasoning:
Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.

No, but your local media sure can, and so can your state government, all within “reasonable suspicion” of course.

The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.


Filed under: Color, EDUCATION, WTF

Some People Say

That race is our national DNA.

People hear it’s a book called “The History of White People” and that it’s by a black author, and make assumptions.

Author Nell Irvin Painter traces the American persistent desire to create racial difference out of nothing – with nothing referring to the 99.99% genetic code all humans share – to being founded in 1789 right about the same moment that Blumenbach was inventing Caucasians – this moment of racialization.

Then to:

We’re currently in the midst of the fourth great expansion, which is an expansion of the idea of the American — that an American doesn’t necessarily need to be white to be considered American. “American” now includes Hispanics, for example, and people who identify themselves as multiracial.

And here she REALLY loses me. The blanket term Hispanic completely ignores the wide range of color within Hispanic groups. And multiracial fails to note the implication that at least one of the multi races is white. For theories concerned with whiteness there is far too much emphasis on race, and not on color. I’ve always attributed the National DNA of race to power dynamics and slavery, color as a convenient means of asserting cultural difference and perpetuating class dominance.

She also equates Stuff White People Like with really, what middle class people like. I would see this and raise it one liberal hipster grade.

Filed under: Color, HISTORY