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Arizona Mecca of Prejudice and Bigotry Mexican American Studies declared Illegal

January 10, 2011

The events that unfolded on Saturday in Tuscon, Arizona when a gunman shot, killed and wounded so many innocent people  Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik had  attributed it to his home state of Arizona for being, “the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry” in the nation.

“When you look at unbalanced people,” Dupnik said, referring to accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner, “how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain people’s mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”  And “Dupnik vowed his deputies wouldn’t enforce the state’s new immigration law, calling it “racist” and “unnecessary.”

Mean while, the newly elected attorney general of Arizona, Tom Horne,  a Jewish man whose parents fled Poland in the 1930s, fearing persecution and many relatives died in the Holocaust, declared the Mexican Studies Program at  Tucson Unified School District in Arizona as illegal, threatening to cut 10% of the district funds if it doesn’t conform to a racist law he engineered through the State Legislature last spring as the former Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Horne called it ” propagandizing and brainwashing that’s going on there…”

Unfortunately, it is opportunistic politicians  such as Tom Horne racist vitriolic political rhetoric that has helped to ignite an environment of intolerance towards diversity in this country.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was not only the third women the people of Arizona sent to Congress, but the first Jewish one critically wounded though two others in her staff such as  Gabriel Zimmerman, was killed in the shooting,… and a second staff member working with refugees, Pamela Simon, was shot.”

Mr. Horne has made a career at bashing Mexican-Americans first dismantling bilingual education then Mexican Studies or ethnic studies about Mexican Americans in his 25 year tenure as a School Board member, Superintendent of Public Instruction and newly elected attorney general in Arizona.

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