Gregory Kane: Maybe it's time to pack up and move to Arizona 

I'm moving to Arizona.

You can call me a Nazi, as some have called Arizonans in the wake of the passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which allows law enforcement officials who make perfectly legal stops to question those stopped if cops have reasonable suspicion to believe they're illegal immigrants.

You can call me a racist, which is how others have responded to Arizona's law. You can even call me a mean-spirited, callous, curmudgeonly old Republican -- the characterization closest to the truth, believe me -- but if you just call me an "Arizonan," I'd be only too happy.

Those feisty Arizonans, with their legislators who refuse to be kowtowed by the forces of idiocy or the denizens of political correctness, have done it again. On the heels of SB 1070, the Arizona Legislature passed -- and Gov. Jan Brewer signed -- Arizona House Bill 2281. Once again, those prone to hysterics have gone over the top, claiming HB 2281 "bans" ethnic studies in Arizona public schools.

Those who've bothered to read HB 2281 know the bill "bans" nothing. What it does say is this:

"The Legislature finds and declares that public school pupils 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."

Why, shades of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech! Didn't the good reverend -- a civil rights icon and bona fide American hero -- say pretty much the same thing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial nearly 47 years ago?

HB 2281 goes on to prohibit "any courses or classes that do any of the following:

1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

This is pretty straightforward stuff. It is not three-variable calculus or quantum physics. It is written in such simple, plain language that even the forces of left-wing dogma howling "Nazis!" or "Racists!" should be able to understand it.

In Arizona schools, there can be no courses promoting sedition. If you must do it, do it as a private citizen on your own dime or in a private school. There's no reason the taxpayers should foot the bill for it.

Taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for public school courses that promote racial or ethnic resentment. HB 2281 doesn't "ban" ethnic studies, or even "target" them, as some news stories have alleged. It just describes what the boundaries of such ethnic studies courses are.

And the version you can download in a PDF file on your computer is only a few pages. These Arizonans have a talent for writing short laws that can be easily understood. I'm sure discerning Americans will compare this bill and Arizona's immigration bill with the recent 1,000-plus page health care bill Congress just passed.

I'm packing my bag; Phoenix, here I come.

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Gregory Kane


Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is an award-winning journalist who lives in Baltimore.

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