Arizona Superintendent Uses 'I Have a Dream' Speech To Justify Ethnic Studies Ban; Students Fight Back
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When asked by Cooper whether he meant to say that there is "no racism in this country," Horne replied, "That's not the predominant atmosphere in America."
And yet, in many quarters of the country, Arizona is becoming something of a pariah state for its newly reactionary treatment of Latinos. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon estimated this week that a collective boycott of the state could cost Arizona $90 million.
Even amid such continuing national outrage over the anti-immigrant SB 1070, however, Horne insists that Arizona students are being fed a false narrative of racial victimization. "Don't propagandize kids that they're oppressed and that they have no future and that they should be angry at their country," he said. "Teach them that this is the land of opportunity, where if they work hard they can achieve their dreams."
Horne seems blissfully unaware -- or else indifferent -- to the contradiction between his insistence that all children should be treated as individuals, regardless of race, and the new laws that are being passed specifically targeting Latinos.