Daily Show Makes Fool of Tucson Schools Official Over Ban of Ethnic Studies Classes

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In case you missed it, here's a jaw-dropping interview with Michael Hicks, a Tucson Unified School District governing board member, by Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Al Madrigal about the school board's  Mexican-American studies ban.

Hicks advocated the ban and admits on The Daily Show that he never attended any ethnic-studies classes, instead forming his opinions from "hearsay.".

Hicks tells Madrigal, "I chose not to go to any of their classes. Why even go? Why even go? I based my thoughts on hearsay from others."

Why would a chosen leader in the educational community need facts?

The video of Madrigal's interview is on the next page:


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Governor Jan Brewer had did sign a bill into law on May 2010 banning the teaching of ethnic studies courses that "promote overthrowing the U.S. government, promote resentment towards a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race, and advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

Wonder if Hick(s) ever had heard of the Daily Show? Doubt it. When the school board member said burrito brainwashing had been going on in the Tucson program, thus the need for the ethnic-studies ban, Jon Stewart's bunch must have realized they'd bagged a serious dunce.

Then there was the Rosa Clark remark...  

Read more about the ban on brown studies by the Tucson Unified School District.

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John Swart
John Swart

This would have been better titled "Tuscon Schools Official Makes Fool of Himself on the Daily Show."  ...They just pointed out his idiocy.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I am embarrassed as a white person to live in the same state as these fucking morons. Rosa Clark? Who the fuck was that?
It's Rosa Parks you stupid racist piece of shit!

Nobody
Nobody

Being able to make someone look like a fool is not proof that he is wrong.  MAS is entwined with racism and its’ main purpose is to propagate racism and separatism in the Mexican-American youth.  The most dangerous disease is one that can spread slowly unseen and build corruption in the body killing or causing misery without being recognized for what it is.  The foul old men that are truly behind MAS only want to ensure that their youth keep their ideals and concepts of racism.  You will find the same desires ingrained in all the racists of every nationality in this country. 

ol salty
ol salty

Another reason why Arizona looks worse than the old south.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The writers at the Daily Show and The Colbert Report are brilliant, astute and brutally honest.  If only Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and other cable news outlets were willing to do what John and Steve are doing!  Thank you for promoting their wonderful talents!

Les
Les

 As a resident of Gilbert Arizona I am appalled by most of the legislation before the State Senate. The incompetence  from the Governor on  down is bigoted, and so conservative it defies human logic. it's been 100 years since Arizona became part of the USA, one would have hoped this state would have grown with regard to race equality, education funding and equality to all its citizens, To my dismay nothing  has moved forward into the 21st century. Arizona is in a race to the BOTTOM and with Jan Brewer at the helm our future looks bleak.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 He's not an educational leader - no more than Tom Horne was. He's just a tea bagger who ran for elected office because that's what the tea baggers were told to do - take local control. Now we can all see what a true cluster fuck they have created in their self-righteous ignorance. His daddy was a Tucson mayor but he is a mouth-breather who has some seruious skeletons in his closet (

simply amazed
simply amazed

I was watching this last night and laughing at how stupid the whole skit was...then I realized in horror that this goofball is for real!  I am appalled (and quite amazed) that a moron of his ilk could get elected to any position, let alone the school board.  As my dear old parents used to say, "What is this world coming to?"

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Who cares about the Daily Show?    Is it supposed to be something other than a comdy show?   People are supposed to look to it as a serious venue of unbiased opinion?    What a joke this world has become.    I don't know why anyone would talk to them.    They can edit anything and make it sound funny.   It's a comedy show remember?     But teaching people to overthrow the government must be alright in the NewTimes office.    Maybe you need a little visit too.   Oh, that's right.    You're protected because you write things to undermine the country and today that's normal and approved.   Keep pushing that hispanic thing though.   Soon it will be forbidden to talk about hispanics just like today if anything at all is said about Israel you're anti semitic.   Even though the Israelis are historically not semitic.  Probably too deep for the mongrels though.

ol salty
ol salty

i see your point.  infact i think that they hacked into your post and edited it to make you look like a conservative bigot on a hate rant.  yeah the daily show does things like that.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Walter, you're the fucking joke! You don't get it that this public official is a classic dumbass? This lameo's charged with educating our school children... what a farce our educational system is in Arizona, where right-wing idiots (like you) can get elected to school boards and then inflict their backwoods prejudices on minors. These fools are intellectual pedophiles. And you call people who don't tolerate this shit "mongrels." Look in the mirror, moron...

ol salty
ol salty

he can't see his reflection because the pointy hood is covering his eyes.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I guess you miss the irony involved in a fake news show doing a better job of covering the news than so-called news networks do. Nor do I think you understand that the court jester, or "fool" was and is useful for exposing the foolishness of the real world.

You, Goober, need to come out of your self-imposed shell of abject ignorance and visit those high schools in Tucson. What you would learn to your great surprise is that NO ONE advocated the overthrow of the government. NO ONE preached hatred towards anyone. It didn't happen. Tom Horne and Michael Hicks and the rest of the tea baggers just made all that shit up, cherry picking, twisting facts and flat out bullshitting. And here's another hot flash, Goober: NO ONE at the Newtimes advocates overthrowing the government. Perhaps YOU or the ignorant wretch known as Michael Hicks could offer specific examples of a high school teacher in the Tucson Unified School District doing what you are saying they did. If not, you should just shut the fuck up. We would all be better if you did.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thank you Mike for your comment, saved me the trouble.Lo que no compreden,nunca van a saber. 

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 GOOBER PYLE GOMER PYLES brother is the only Goober I ever heard of? that goober?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 I'll bet that is the only Goober you've ever heard of.

Coz
Coz

After watching the video, all I can say is no wonder the Arizona population is so stupid with educational leaders like Hicks....

Hola
Hola

I saw it last night and couldn't believe the type of idiots that get assigned to these positions.

ol salty
ol salty

Hicks was not assigned to the position he was elected.  it was the will of the local voters to put him there which is more frightening than a handful of morons appointing him.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 Myself and Jan B are proof of what you just wrote. thanks for your hate signed Joe A

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 At least this explains why Arizona has such a piss poor education system.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

I always thought it was because of the year round warm weather and constant sunshine. it make kids and adults not want to go to school or work. who wants an education or wants to go to a job and work when its warm and sunny outside? all that sunshine and warm weather makes people just want to hang loose like in hawaii and do nothing all day long. its a curse!

KamJos
KamJos

Have you been to AZ? It's certainly not warm year round. 

Saltywench
Saltywench

GEEEEEZUS!!  Thanks for embarrassing us once again!

Cdo5401
Cdo5401

Arizona is becoming an embarassment.  I wonder why businesses don't want to locate in Airzona. 

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 The people in Arizona are ignorant hateful and lazy here and dont like to work thats why the business dont locate to Arizona.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Thank God we are being protected from students succumbing to "Burrito Psychosis." Just think of all the Gringo massacres this will prevent.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 If there is no God then an atheist would ask, who is out there to protect you?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Hell's bells Jan, the best "Christians" I know are atheists.

P.S. If there is a god, you better be investing in an asbestos Temple Garment.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

If Sheriff Joe would just buy all Hispanic voters a burrito he will in like Flynn.  This is an actual decision making School Board member?  What an embarrassment.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

My god!  "Hicks" fits this idiot so well! 

Unbelieveable.

JAN AND JOE SHOW
JAN AND JOE SHOW

 Please dont say the word God on here you will offend the new times Atheist readers. as for hicks the whole state of Arizona is nothing but uneducated hicks. and most are fat and very very ugly.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and mostly religious nutjobs that are purposely ignorant. sorta like you.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

I've been ignoring newtimes.com for several months, have logged on a few times in the last few weeks, read several stories, and found comments from you at the bottom of nearly every story. You are either the most ignorant, childish, dimwitted, one track mind umeployed with too much free time atheist/god fixated moron on the face of the planet or...wait, you are employed...by new times...to stir people up, increase comments and bring a fake sense of relevance to your blogs, increased traffic, increased ad revenue. I'm back to ignoring new times. These comments include some of the stupidest banter on the internet. boycott new times. they really suck

MaryBB
MaryBB

And that kind of generalization is exactly what is wrong...some of us in the AZ are appalled by people like this. Even if we are fat and ugly... :/

Church Lady
Church Lady

The southwest "Burrito" is a hell of a drug! 
 
 
 

DMolloy
DMolloy

 It's the gateway meal to Mexican food! Oh the humanity!!!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 The tea baggers have been working very hard to get their people elected to local school boards and this is the result.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

the Cavalry chapel in BCC managed to get one of their wing-nuts elected to the school board. Lucky for BCC they haven't been able to teach Pastor Hucks editorials to our public school students.

Newragmagazine
Newragmagazine

So is trying to railroad Tom Horne as an expedient special interest tactic a cause or an effect?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 This discussion isn't about Tom Horne, Goober. Look at the header at the top of the page. It's about a tea bagger cretin from Tucson named Michael Hicks.

Mike
Mike

Tea Bagger? Where are you from? Oh yea Bisbee. Explains a lot.

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