Ethnic Studies: Doug MacEachern's Anti-Intellectual Quackery

Courtesy of the Three Sonorans blog. Now here's a quiz: What do all these people have in common? Just a coincidence, I'm sure...

It's the easiest thing in the world to label someone a Marxist, a commie or un-American. You don't need any real evidence. All you need to do is show that someone read the "wrong" book, supported the "wrong" cause, or thinks differently than you.

Back in the day, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy was a genius at this. Hence the word, "McCarthyism."

I remember so clearly, during my formative years in North Carolina, Senator Jesse Helms' demonizing the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as having communist ties, being the willing puppet of "Marxists," and for having "an essentially Marxist and anti-American ideological view of U.S. foreign policy."

This was Helms' reason for opposing an MLK holiday.

Such red-baiting is an old tool of the right, one they've clung to despite the end of the Cold War and the paucity of actual communist countries remaining. I don't count China, of course, because China is communist in name alone these days.

The Arizona Republic's Doug MacEachern is still fighting the Cold War in his columns. He wants to re-fight the '60s as well. In one recent offering, he compared the student demonstrators attempting to save the ethnic studies program in Tucson to the 1968 San Francisco State University student strike.

In the process, he smears both the pro-ethnic studies teachers and students at the Tucson Unified School District.

"You've got your radical Marxist teachers manipulating the people for whom they supposedly work," he writes. "And you've got your insufferable students (with the able assistance of those Marxist teachers) going all `Saul Alinsky' on school administrators: Wrapping themselves in chains and occupying administrative buildings and gleefully issuing non-negotiable demands. With bullhorns."

The students are insufferable. (High-school kids, remember.) The teachers are Marxists. And Saul Alinsky? Ain't he the Marxist who taught Obama at that Muslim school in Indonesia?

I wonder if MacEachern's ever sat in on an ethnic studies class? Has he ever talked to the intelligent, committed young people he's smearing?

How does he know the ethnic studies teachers are Marxists? I've met and talked with several of them. I've yet to find any of them plotting the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Truth is, they do not teach Marxism.

Among the scores of texts they draw upon for their history, literature and government classes, MacEachern likes to point to Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, as an example of a Marxist being taught at TUSD,

Freire, a Brazilian, was deeply influenced by Karl Marx, as were a lot of great thinkers of modern times. But Freire was also profoundly influenced by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and, of course, the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel.

Freire's work is often mentioned in the same breath by scholars with that of American John Dewey, a giant name in the field of education. But because Freire was a Marxist (as well as a Christian and a humanist) seniors in TUSD's ethnic studies classes can't read a couple of chapters from the guy?

That, my friends, is the very definition of anti-intellectualism.

MacEachern essentially posits this formula: Ethnic studies equals Marxism.

This, too, is anti-intellectualism, as well as McCarthyism. It's interesting to note that the 1968-69 battles between students and administrators at San Francisco State led to the development of the ethnic studies department there.

Score one for the "commies," I reckon.

On the 40th anniversary of the strike, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the following:

Before the strike, the university occasionally offered a black music or black sociology class taught by part-time faculty, said Joseph White, who was dean of undergraduate studies and was faculty sponsor for the Black Student Union at the time.

"Black people were invisible in higher education in California," White said. "We were invisible on the faculty, in the curriculum and on the staff. And we were almost invisible in the student body."

The strike "changed the legacy of San Francisco State," White added. "It changed San Francisco State to a multicultural campus. Those ideas we fought so hard for now are a reality not only at San Francisco State University but all over the United States."

On both sides of that battle, there were excesses and acts of violence. The cops got to bust quite a few heads.

The situation in Tucson is not quite as drastic. So far, the demonstrations have been non-violent.

Nearly 700 students were jailed during the San Francisco State strike. Seven have been arrested at TUSD board meetings. All for essentially speaking out of turn, though the official charge was "trespassing."

MacEachern claims the students are being manipulated by activists, teachers and some school board members.

This is incorrect. The student group UNIDOS has received contributions from adults. (MacEachern ignores the money UNIDOS got from Sound Strike, and hones in on a grant they're supposedly getting from U of A.)

To which, I say, "So what?" If I had the money, I'd cut 'em a check, too. Moreover, if MacEachern would get out of his office occasionally and have some conversations with some of these kids, he'd realize they can organize, protest and speak for themselves.

From what I've seen of the course material, there's more in it from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States than anything from that dangerous Marxist-Christian Paulo Freire.

Zinn was no Marxist, slanders to the contrary. He once referred to himself as a "democratic socialist." (Sorry, red-baiters, it's not the same thing.) Though he admired Marx as a historical figure, and liked some of his writings.

That would be enough to make him a commie in the eyes of MacEachern, surely. But what MacEachern and the other angry white males in his club are really challenged by is Zinn's history of the U.S., which jumps off with Columbus landing in the new world and almost immediately beginning to enslave, rob and pillage.

This also happens to be the truth.

But MacEachern and his crowd can't handle the truth. They want a whitewashed version of American history taught, one without all the slavery, the discrimination, Jim Crow, killing off the Indians, the repression of the labor movement, our meddling in other countries' affairs, yadda-yadda-yadda.

Is it more "American" to look honestly at the past and examine it critically, or to treat the horrors and errors of our past as mere peccadilloes to be glossed over, and hopefully forgotten?

You know what my answer is. Which is likely why MacEachern & Co. probably figure me for a red as well. But, truth be told, I'm far too decadent at heart to make the Marxists' cut.


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mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

To Mr. Tingling Bobby's leg:

You are boring. You are off-topic. You have nothing to say. Goodbye.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Astroturf organizations, bankrolled by the Koch Brothers, for example, and various Right Wing 501c(4)s, employ people to surf the web and post in blogs all around the country.  "Bobby" is a prime example.  So is this other "Legtingle" person.  "Bobby" has even admitted he does not live in Arizona.The only purpose of these people is to infiltrate blogs and irritate.  Notice how these two are not even addressing the very content of this article but only writing in generalities.  Either that or these astroturfers respond to specific posters that they feel need "neutralizing". While I rarely post in the blogs, I am well-known by many of the posters in this very comment section . . . except by "Bobby" and this "Legtingle", and if you carefully read their posts, you can tell that they are merely astroturfers and are NOT interested in the actual content of the above article.You two . . . are really a waste of time.  Not only are you two guys not real, the content of your posts are not serious.  What's more is that you two have failed, and will always fail, to convince readers of the validity of anything you bring up because you do it so poorly.  You two, and others of your similar ilk, will not only have to try harder, you'll have to become smarter at it.  Indeed, you underestimate us.  This is our home turf and we have been witness to the corruption and the inconsistencies of the Reicht Wing (your employers) for a very long time.

DemMessage CenterAZ
DemMessage CenterAZ

What I find most ironic is that, day after day, in the Republic's column that looks back at their headlines from 100 years ago, there are references to Pancho Villa, Insurrectos, battles in Mexico, changes in Mexican government, treatment of Mexican peasants, etc. That was considered the news of the day by Arizona's largest newspaper. Today, 100 years later, the very same paper advocates ignoring those same issues and keeping students from learning about them. This is more than absurd.

As for Doug MacEachern, you really can't blame the guy for just doing what he's told. I cannot imagine a less intellectually curious soul. He clings to his job, thesaurus in one hand and editorial marching orders in the other, by parroting the edicts he is given on what to say, write and think. How sad is he. 

Todd
Todd

 Truth is, every social movement in the US has had socialists as central figures - Abolition (Douglass, Phillips) , Women's suffrage (Stanton, Anthony, Keller), as well as Civil RIghts, Gay rights and of course all labor related movements such as 8 hour work day and union movements. Now, I am sure the Beckoid nitiwits find this fact ominous, but if we were actually teaching the truth in history people would understand the socialists aren't un-American but are actually central to the story of most all progress in the US. And it would also be useful to know that conservatives fought all these movements.

sallyjsantos
sallyjsantos

As someone who regularly uses printable coupons or "Printapons" I think that the show Extreme couponing was not a true reading of how the regular shopper uses coupons. It appears to have been frightening to someone who does not use coupons at all

Venonacables
Venonacables

It's the easiest thing in the world to label someone a racist, a bigot, or a Nazi. You don't need any real evidence. All you need to do is show that someone read the "wrong" book, supported the "wrong" cause, or thinks differently than you.   Isn't it funny how that works?

Shocked
Shocked

 Horne and Huppenthal don't read and if they were capable of critical thinking their heads would cave in from shock to read Howard Zinn's books. These good old boys are perfect examples of the DUMBING DOWN of America as well as the problems with an Arizona education. Repeat what I say, don't think, get back in line, do as your told, do not talk back, do not ask questions.  Huppenthal is all about obedient workers who do as they are told.  Hey they are preparing Arizona students for all these factory jobs that do not exist.  The last thing these white men want is a thinking constituency.  VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!  workers who do as they are told.  Hey they are preparing Arizona students for all these factory jobs that do not exist.  The last thing these white men want is a thinking constituency.  VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE! 

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

I can't believe how stupid, backward, oppositional, regressive, idiotic, inflated, just-plain-dumb "BOBBY" is . . . week after week, issue after issue, in every single article in which he posts.  This "BOBBY" is absolutely the worst participant in these blogs and can always be expected to show anyone who reads his words as a prime example of backwards thinking.  I'm sorry, but I've been reading these blogs for years and I just have to finally come forward to say that "BOBBY" can always be counted on making an utter fool of himself.  Anyone outside of Arizona who reads his words must certainly become quickly convinced that Arizona is the home to rednecks who still live in the past.  "BOBBY" is an embarrassment.  He is a minority with the biggest mouth that ever opened up in these blogs.

Bobby
Bobby

So your'e of the Chris Matthews school of leftists. Get a tingle down your leg when you here Obama?  

legtingle
legtingle

How is Bisbee working out for you?  That is really the hub of the hipsters, huh? 

Legtingle
Legtingle

Hey, you fool.  I broke my foot and am bed bound for a while.  I'm killing time.

I read the article and addressed it's idiocy.

Oh...you are "well known in the comment section"... Bully for you!  Have you made asst mgr at Burger King also?

I own my own business, you big dope.  How is that wonderful HOPE AND CHANGE working out for you?

Also....how did things end up for the "studies" program in TUSD?  Not so good, huh?

America is waking up.  Keep on squealing for others to carry your load.  We are sick of it.  And we are sick of illegals draining our tax dollars.  Starting to get the hint?  GO BACK TO MEXICO/CENTRAL AMERICA/SOUTH AMERICA.  Celebrate your heritage! 

Mistalee
Mistalee

Well, yes. "Ethnic Studies" is a somewhat accurate name for the classes, but a much more accurate name would be "the forbidden history."

You won't, for example, hear about the San Patricios in a public school American History class. Nor will you hear the straight story about immigrants and the early workers struggle in this country, or about the role of American anarchists, socialists and unionists in supporting the Mexican Revolution. And so on.

If American public schools taught American History as it is an not just a whitewashed myth designed to brainwash children, there would be much less need for "Ethnic Studies" programs. 

Legtingle
Legtingle

I think it's cute the liberal goof ball posts usually contain references to: racism, evil white guys, and the lack of "critical thinking" of the "tea baggers".

You guys are the gift that keeps on giving!  Hope yer Mammy doesn't throw you out of the spare bedroom and cut off your internet connection.  Keep on being outraged that others are sick of paying for you. 

Oh...and do show up at Town Hall meetings.  That should be a laugh riot!

Must be a burden being so very smart but fired from even jobs at fast food joints.  Must be the evil white man's fault!  Bwahahahahaa!

 

Legtingle
Legtingle

Gee.  The Lou Show does it for me for being stupid.

Answer Bobby's quesitions. 

Oh...You can't so all you have is name calling.

How I would love to get a look at your situation!  Things must be really great for you with all the Hopey Changey stuff.  Huh?

Bobby
Bobby

As I wrote to Rob, why don't you answer the points in my main post that charged you people with being hypocrites on those that have a different view of illegal immigration. It's easy to just blabber personal criticisms against others.

Bobby
Bobby

I don't live in Arizona you dolt. All your adjectives prove, is that you seem to be infuriated by someone that doesn't agree with your views on illegal immigration. Big deal.

Bobby
Bobby

While your'e killing time in bed, The Lou Show moron is killing the state. Two bad he didn't break his foot.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Well, aside from here, HuffPo, Politico, Hillbuzz, and a few other places, it does not look like you have discovered where the rest of us congregate to talk about you behind your back.  Keep searching.

Legtingle
Legtingle

Are these topics covered in Mexican schools?  Hope so...because more and more states are going to give the boot to illegal immigrants and they will have to return to their own country and their kids will get the delight of hearing the "truth" about the evil white guys in Mexican schools. 

Bobby
Bobby

 I know, as long as we get the white boys out of the way,out of history, huh? As long as we diss those that built the whole nation, than your version of history will be "accurate".

Venonacables
Venonacables

 DustWitch left out one small detail.  In October of this year, West Virginia will hold a special election.  Harry Bertram will be running for Governor of West Virginia on the American Third Position ticket.

Venonacables
Venonacables

 That is I.  Isn't funny how many double standards there are?  "La Raza" is politically correct, while "der meister rasse" is politically incorrect.

Bobby
Bobby

Of course he is. He doesn't agree with your views. Sound right?

Still not a believer
Still not a believer

So tingly question for you.

What jobs do the Tea Partiers intend to create ? What is the Tea Partyanswer to putting the approx 30 million American People who are out ofwork BACK to work?

What about a 4billion dollar a year tax break given to America's 5largest Oil Discovery/Refining/Sales companies, Why do those 5companies that have made record profits for the last 14 years eachquarter need  such a large tax break?

It would be one thing if it used that break to create skilled laborjobs, but it does not, each one of those companies increases the amountof automation and decrease head count at each and every one of theirrefineries, exploratory well sites as well as their oil speculationdesks.

Lets now look at large corporations. Since the 1940's their has been asteady growth in the size of the average corporation while a decreasein the NUMBER of smaller companies that perform the same services/ ormake the same products as these large corporations.

Why is that? Why is the number of competitors decreasing as the SIZE ofcorporation growing. Simple the large corps are ruining theircompetition and then buying up the equipment, patents and knowledgeablestaff.

These large corporations then hire lobbyists to get their clients hugetax breaks. These corporations then use these tax breaks to movemanufacturing capability out of the US and into a country where thereare weak or NO unions, weak labor laws and the average pay is around $.90 an hour with no other compensation offered.

So lets recap.

The traditional American middle class was composed of Skilled workersgenerally in the manufacturing sector. Thanks to various labor organizations the average annual compensation for those workers wereincreased each year. While the pool of available labor was closed (IEno FREE TRADE treaties) the companies that did that work stayed basedin the US.

Then Come along FREE TRADE agreements that opens the US boarders toproducts made in specific countries and no tariff or duty is charge onthe import of those products.

US Headquartered companies see that they can increase profits by simplycutting manufacturing costs by LOWERING the wage paid to those who makethe product and move those Middle class jobs over seas.

One of the other sectors that has been a haven for the Skill worker is Construction.

What do you think happens when companies are no longer building NEWfacilities but redoing existing ones - that's right not as manyconstruction positions are needed so again More unemployed.

But hey new home construction can put people to work - and look that iswhat the Valley of the Sun did for about 2 decades. Then the jobs driedup and the people the land speculators expected to come and buy up thehomes they had built by the thousands did not show and now you havevast subdivisions that are only 1/3 full with the remaining 2/3 thirds owned by the banks and on their sheets as foreclosures (driving down the value of the homes that did get bought)

So Tingly what is the Tea Parties idea to put 30 million folks to work?

I just look forward to the next year or so when the Republicans have finally stripped away the security net of Social security and Medicare from the baby boomers that are now their primary constituency.

On a side note:Why won't the republicans look at raising the Social security cap to $180k from it's current $106k level, for that matter why not raise it up to $250k?

By making that little change Social security would be solvent and the surplus could be used to pay down the Country's debt, just like it has been doing since the 1940's

Still not a believer
Still not a believer

I answered bobby's question as well as your own, So how come bobby has not answered my question and why have YOU not shown the American public your school records?

Legtingle
Legtingle

Oh, I get around the inter webs, just fine.  One of my fondest things is to find left wing nut burger sites and introduce reality to them.  I LOVE Hillbuzz!  They are on the Obama is a queer thing 100%!  Poor Moochelle.  A big old, bad wigged, beard. 

Still not a believer
Still not a believer

Are you sure about that? Every state that has brought up a bill similar to SB1070 has placed it on hold or already has had it injoined

bobg
bobg

DISQUS please, please give us an ignore button.

Still not a beleiver
Still not a beleiver

Venonacables,I am still waiting to hear from you on the items I have brought up in response to your last post - der meister rasse -

Still not a believer
Still not a believer

"That is I.  Isn't funny how many double standards there are?  "La Raza" is politically correct, while "der meister rasse" is politically incorrect."

Not a double standard there.It is the same cautiousness that every body applies to a Convicted serial killer that is free due to a technicality and standing on your front lawn and the guy they hired from home depot to remove weeds from their lawn.

Or in other wordsWhen was the last time Mexico or any other Latin American countries:Broke the treaty of Versailles , built an illegitimate army, invaded Poland, the Netherlands, France, the Baltic states, the Slavic states. North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula?

When was the last time a Latin American country Fire bombed London?When was the last time a Latin American Country set Tank traps on the beaches in another country that they were occupying and placed land mines that killed thousands of American troops or manned machine gun nests in bunkers that over looked those beaches and gunned down tens of thousands of American Soldiers?Let alone trying to build Atomic weapons to be placed in V2 rockets or Shooting down thousands of Bombers and killing their crews or building POW camps were American Airmen were starved so that they looked like walking skeletons.

And thats not even touching on the other atrocities that you folk seem to like to pretend never happened. BTW what ever did happen to the Romoni living in the Occupied countries?

That is the History that "der meister rasse" is facing and embracing as its glory and  own immediate past

legtingle
legtingle

I like these little p*ssies that you can't reply to. 

Legtingle
Legtingle

It is not the govt's job to create jobs.

I do like your idea of raising the SS cap.

 

Legtingle
Legtingle

I will if I run for President.

Why won't Barry?   

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