Did the ethnic studies protest prove Tom Horne's point?

2010-05-13T11:45:00Z 2013-09-10T16:59:56Z Did the ethnic studies protest prove Tom Horne's point?By John Bolton, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Editor's note: This blog item contains language that some might find objectionable. It's included so that the use of it by protesters can be discussed, pro and con.

Protesters who tried to confront Arizona's school superintendent Wednesday brought some heated rhetoric to the event. Did they prove Tom Horne's point for him?

The protesters were mostly students from Tucson Unified School District, the target of a new state law that Horne promoted.

Horne is a longtime critic of the TUSD ethnic studies programs and pushed the legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The accompanying photos (screen grabs from video footage shot by StarNet producer John Ames) shows a car outside the TUSD administration building with "Tom Horne = KKK" and calling Horne and Brewer "stupid asses." The car had Texas license plates.

Chants by the students included "Tom Horne, we wish you were never born" and another that rhymed Brewer with "sewer." (Our producer, Ames, couldn't make out the rest of the chant.)

The law says students "should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people."

The law makes it illegal for public schools to have any courses or classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government or promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

It also bars any programs "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group."

StarNet readers: Do the chants and protest signage go over the line? Do they prove Horne's point for him? Or do they just reflect the youthfulness of the protesters and the heat of the topic?

Vote in the accompanying poll or add your comments.

Update: As of shortly after 6 p.m., the readers say "Yes," the protesters went over the line. See the results (which aren't displaying well in the sidebar of this page).

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