Tiffany B. Brown

On being pro-American

Surely one doesn’t have to believe in the infallibility of white people to be pro-American. Besides, if teaching U.S. history means protecting the reputation of the majority by telling the story strictly from their perspective, wouldn’t that be a type of ethnic studies?

That’s Gregory Rodriguez, in his essay Why Arizona Banned Ethnic Studies, published by the New America Foundation. It’s a question Arizona should be asking of its lawmakers.

If you pass a law banning classes that resentment toward a race or class of people, then you’ve basically banned the teaching of U.S. history. Seriously. Even the highlights that we’re taught in school can cause the stank face for students of color. And perhaps that’s the more important question: Whose resentment gets to decide?

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