Lawmakers Seek to Ban Racist College Courses

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College courses like, “Whiteness and Race Theory” and others that target a single ethnic group may soon be banned in Arizona’s universities and colleges.

The Arizona lawmakers are in the process of trying to expand the current ban they already have in place since 2010, which bans ethnic studies in primary and secondary schools in the state.

The expanded version of the ban, known as HB2120, would prohibit colleges and universities in that state from creating courses that “promote division, resentment, or social injustice toward a race, gender, political affiliation, social class, or other class.”

Also included in this ban would be courses “targeting a single ethnic group.”

Arizona lawmakers want it on the books that any schools choosing to violate the ban may lose up to 10 percent of their funding from the state.

Arizona State University presently has a “Whiteness and Race Theory” course which teaches students about “the problem of whiteness.”

The sponsor of the bill, Arizona state Rep. Bob Thorpe, (R-Flagstaff) told The Arizona Republic, “The bill is very simple: Taxpayers should not have to be paying for classes that discriminate. This is drawing a line in the sand that says, ‘Higher education: If you want to have classes that teach resentment between individuals, you should have to fund them.'”

New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, is totally against the ban.

King calls it “completely and utterly disgusting” for prohibiting professors from teaching their students to recognize what he calls “economic and skin privilege.”

King is defending the ethnic courses in colleges and universities on academic freedom grounds and calls the legislation,“not just petty, but deeply problematic.”

He believes that Thorpe has a “bigger problem with students and staff discussing white privilege than he does with unfair privilege himself.”

The bill is described as an anti-discrimination bill, and as Republican Rep. Mark Finchem said, “Slice up and dice up all of these people into groups and cater a particular message to each one of them, and all that does is advocate hate. It’s a very perverse agenda that the folks that advocate these kinds of classes and student groups have. They claim that they want justice and equality, while at the exact same time, they’re preaching inequality.”

H/T: Heatstreet

 

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