Arizona school superintendent wants to ban Spanish: ‚ÄėThis is America, speak English‚Äô
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:04 EDT
‚ÄúWe all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers,‚ÄĚ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal (R) wrote anonymously shortly after being elected.
‚ÄúThis is America, speak English,‚ÄĚ he demanded. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English. And, I‚Äôm not being humorous or racist.‚ÄĚ
In 2010, Huppenthal called for the dismantling of the state‚Äôs Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program. He then helped write a law outlawing programs that he believed ‚Äúpromote resentment,‚ÄĚ like MAS.
In a 2012 interview with NPR, Huppenthal said that the point of MAS was to ‚Äúracemize‚ÄĚ the students by teaching them about Marxism, ‚Äúthis oppressed and oppressors conflict, and the racemization was this construct of Caucasian power structure being the oppressors and Hispanic kids being the oppressed.‚ÄĚ
After these comments came to light, the Arizona Chamber of Congress cancelled an awards show in which it had planned to honor Huppenthal. ‚ÄúDue to the recent comments that Superintendent Huppenthal admitted to making,‚ÄĚ the chamber‚Äôs CEO and president Glenn Hamer said, ‚Äúthe Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry will not be presenting the superintendent with an award at our annual luncheon as we had planned.‚ÄĚ