Feathered Bastard

John Huppenthal Invokes Mein Kampf, Queen Boudica, and Hannibal, Rationalizing War on Ethnic Studies Students and Teachers

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As a labor-saving device, I'm using screenshots of a transcription of this interview entered into the federal court record as part of Acosta v. Horne, the civil rights lawsuit that's attempting to overthrow Arizona's ethnic studies law HB 2281 as unconstitutional. 

See, when you're a public official and you say dumb stuff, it can be quoted against you in court. And using a "military analogy" to describe the ethnic studies debate is not only dumb, it shows that Hupp's intent all along was to unfairly target MAS as he would an enemy, singling it out in a discriminatory fashion under the aegis of a vaguely-worded statute.

Not to mention that it's uncouth for a superintendent to view the MAS students and teachers as his enemies, but I digress. On to Hannibal.

That wily Fudd, er, I mean, Hannibal Hupp. He stretched the matter out all right, and in the process cost the state beaucoup cash, which was funneled to private lawyers who just happened to be contributors to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, the progenitor of HB 2281.

A rising tide lifts all boats, you see, even when that tide is comprised of the noxious sludge of corruption and bigotry. Hupp goes on to paint a grand picture of "the eternal battle of all time, the forces of collectivism against the forces of individual liberty."

Unless it's the liberty to teach or read certain books in a Tucson classroom. Even Shakespeare's The Tempest, which is fine for English lit, best not be taught with any discussion of that taboo topic of slavery or any of these pinko notions about "oppression."

Hupp touched upon his book banning controversy during a January 18 interview with National Public Radio, also recently entered into the record in Acosta v. Horne

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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