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: Local school and college officials Wednesday blasted the passage of a new Arizona law that bans ethnic studies in public schools, calling it an attack on freedom of speech and minorities.
HB 2281 bans schools in the state from offering classes designed for students of a specific ethnic group or that promote ethnic solidarity.
The bill was signed into law Tuesday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer just three weeks after she approved a controversial anti-illegal immigration law that has prompted nationwide protests, including the Los Angeles City Council's decision Wednesday to boycott Arizona businesses.
Proponents of the school law said it will ensure that students are treated to value each other as individuals and prevent courses from promoting resentment. Opponents though said it only continues a trend of anti-Latino sentiment in Arizona.
"This law is understandable given the lynch mob mentality in Arizona," said Rodolfo Acuña, a California State University Northridge professor emeritus of Chicano studies.
Acuña is commonly referred to as one of the fathers of the Chicano studies movement in the United States, which grew out of Southern California state colleges.
Supporters of the ban, including Arizona schools chief Tom Horne, have specifically mentioned Acuña's book "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos," as one of the texts they want to see eliminated from classroom use because it promotes resentment.