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ethnic studies,

in American education, programs offering courses in the history and culture of minority groups. Ethnic studies arose as a result of the black protest movement of the 1960s, which, among other things, deplored the lack of cultural relevance for African Americans in the curricula of the U.S. educational establishment. The contention was seconded by other non-European ethnic minorities. In the late 1960s, black history, literature, and interdisciplinary humanities courses were instituted at some universities to promote understanding of cultural heritage, analysis of political problems and solutions, and encouragement of artistic endeavors. To a lesser extent, other minorities, especially Chicanos (Mexican Americans) and other Hispanic Americans, have obtained similar course offerings.
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The Tucson School Board, set to vote on removing ethnic studies, tabled the topic at a meeting with heavy police presence earlier this month after several attendees had to be removed for disruption, according to Tucson's Arizona Daily Star newspaper.
Ethnic Studies is often delegitimized as a discipline that to some seems more concerned with evoking "feelings" than explaining the "facts"--especially when non-white empowerment is the "feeling" thought to displace and replace historical and contemporary "facts.
The first Black Studies department and first and only College of Ethnic Studies was founded at San Francisco State in 1968 only after a 5-month long student and community strike, the longest student strike in university history, initiated by the Black Student Union and organized in partnership with the Third World Student Alliance and the Black Panther Party (T'Shaka 2012, pages 19-24).
During the six-week unit on civil rights, the ethnic studies teacher at Anderson High School in Austin taught her class from a wide array of sources: a college-level multicultural history book, teaching materials from the Southern Poverty Law Center, video clips from "The Daily Show," contemporary news articles and old photos of segregated public facilities from the Library of Congress.
With respect to the more recent dimensions and directions, the latter consist in modernizing and expanding the field of ethnic studies outside of the historical settler societies, societies of immigration, immigrant-receiving societies, or nation-states in which ethnicities are created and ethnic identities are molded, to include the transnational level, in recognition of (i) the contemporary modality of migration as a dynamic transnational process and (ii) the role that the transnational field plays in identity negotiation, sense of belonging and citizenship.
As Ethnic Studies scholars, we must refuse to align with principles and practices that have never benefitted people of color and oppressed communities.
The proposed expansion of the ethnic studies ban comes seven years after lawmakers barred such studies in K-12 schools.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Democrat, has sponsored a bill (AB 2016) that would require every school district and charter school serving high school students to have an ethnic studies course starting in the 2020-21 school year.
The fight for ethnic studies programs at San Francisco State University was (in 1969) and is today a fight for autonomy.
It was 2010, and the district's board of education had just passed a resolution to pilot an ethnic studies course in a set of its high schools.
As an undergrad at Yale University, she studied feminist and ethnic studies, and researched lesbian-feminist organizing in Mexico and Chile.