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