Even the UK wonders how an American state would choose to ban ethnic studies classes

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Last week, Patricia Wiliams, a writer for the UK newspaper the Guardian wrote about Arizona politics.  That’s a surprise.  And strange.  Why’re Arizonan politics on it and the UK’s radar?  Well, she writes about America-centric subjects.  But it’s also because the prospect of a state, Arizona, nixing whole subjects or specialties, ethnic studies, from public school curricula is strange and off-putting; truly, put bluntly, it’s frightening.

In December, its lawmakers passed a law where Arizona can ban classes, with their anti-ethnic studies law, HB2281, is trying to ban classes that’ll sew division or dissent.  What kind of dissent scares them?

Here are the bill’s prohibitions; it bans any curricula that:

1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of…

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