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Freedom of speech is just one of the many rights we ensure as citizens of America Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion or so its said Sadly it seems as though thats not always the case In the instance of the ban of Mexican American Studies in Arizona the opinion of those who didnt fully understand the concept was taken over the students and teachers fighting for their rights to education as United States residents The decision to ban the Mexican American Studies was a biased decision and it does not make America appear equal when it comes to racial identityWhen these ethnic studies were officially banned it constituted a form of oppression for the folks who were affected by this action The teachers whom all the students in these classes looked up to were reassigned and the bond the students had built with each other and their teachers was taken away For some coming to school and learning about their own heritage was a life changing experience Providing students a way to interact with notions of identity history and culture in an academic setting clearly improved the graduation rates of low income Hispanic students Ramos 1 It gave them hope that someday things would get better and it even created a sense of belonging in todays society But the individuals who supported the ban did not take the time to actually experience what went on in these classes The state legislature contends that these programs are indoctrinating students with anti-American biases but there has been no such evidence to support this claim Ramos 1 They just assumed the teachers were giving Americans a bad name for how poorly they treated Mexican Americans in previous years and wanted these students to eventually overthrow the government These assumptions were certainly not the intentions of the teachers in fact the actual intentions were
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