Judge Rules Ethnic Studies Ban Unconstitutional, Discriminatory
A federal appeals court judge has ruled that banning Mexican-American studies in Arizona is racist.
Senior U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima said that a law passed by Arizona’s state legislature in 2010 was unconstitutional, violating both the First and 14th Amendments.
The law was created and passed under the premise that ethnic studies programs served to create negative feelings against whites.
Tucson Unified School District was at the center of the controversy for failing to abandon its Mexican-American studies program after the 2010 law took effect. Funding was threatened if the district did not comply, and so the program was removed and a lawsuit began.
In the 42-page decision filed Tuesday, Judge Tashima wrote “both enactment and enforcement were motivated by racial animus.”
One of the teachers of the defunct program, Curtis Acosta, tweeted his happiness with the ruling.
— Curtis Acosta (@CurtisAcostaLLP) August 23, 2017
Read more at the NY Times.