The ethnic studies ban that went into effect Jan. 1 brings a continuing dark cloud over the teaching of history. While projections show the U.S. population will become much less white as time progresses, history slants toward the white version.
Western civilization bases itself on Judeo-Christian righteousness, since the enlightenment on liberty and democracy, and on the scientific method. However, whites have brought slavery, wars and domination over most of the world. The U.S.A. along with Europe, Anglo countries and supporters such as Israel dominate world politics. In a multiracial world, we should seek inclusion rather than division and domination.
Meanwhile even in the U.S.A. many intellectuals throughout history can be found in black, brown and other citizens. In pre-colonial America and in other countries, great ideas can be found including democratic, ecological and spiritual ones.
These facts along with an anti-racist precept should demand that ethnic studies be allowed here and now in Arizona.
Tim Mavrides, Mesa