On Wednesday, a federal judge delivered the final blow to Arizona’s contentious House Bill 2281, a law that banned Mexican-American Studies in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District, according to the Huffington Post. After a long and hard-fought battle spanning seven years, proponents of this program can claim victory.
In 2010, the Arizona legislature banned the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program through House Bill 2281, according to the Tucson Weekly. HB 2281 made it illegal to teach classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group,” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils.” In August, U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled that the state acted with discriminatory intent, and violated students’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights and several state statutes.
This week, Tashima issued a permanent injunction against the law, which led to excitement on Twitter.
This fight to defend Mexican American studies has inspired so many more ethnic studies programs across the country. Shouts to those whose lives were turned upside down for staying strong & opening doors for others in so many places across the US. https://t.co/ombKy6isj0
— Keith Catone (@keithcat16) December 28, 2017
Thank goodness! As a reminder, our state used to be part of Mexico and 30% of the Arizona population is Hispanic/Latino.
— Rebekah (@misrebekah) December 28, 2017
— Rick Fernández (@rickfdez) December 28, 2017
— Curtis Acosta (@CurtisAcostaLLP) December 27, 2017
It’s not clear if the state will challenge the order, but after seven years, Arizona can seek to remove the injunction.