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Old 05-26-2010, 10:28 PM
 
Location: TEXAS
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Sandra Soto, an Associate Professor (Chicano studies ) at University of Arizona used the school's commencement ceremony to openly bash SB 1070.

This angered many people, especially some students, because they feel this was NOT the appropriate forum.

As a commentator wrote:
"Using a commencement address to espouse your political point of view to a captive audience is just plain rude."

Here's part of what she said:
"The new Arizona law generally known as SB 1070 is considered the strictest anti-immigrant legislation in the country and is explicitly intended to drive undocumented immigrants out of the state. One reason it has instigated a boycott is because to a whole lot of people, myself included, it appears to not only invite but require the police to engage in racial profiling. Before we had a chance to fully get our heads around the implications of either 1070 or of the subsequent boycott, our governor signed HB 2281, which is intended to eliminate any Ethnic Studies classes from public and charter schools in Arizona."

Arizona Graduation Speech Criticizing Immigration Laws Elicits Boos, Jeers
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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do you also roll your eyes at Womens studies Professors? Black Studies professors?

commencement speeches are what they are. they often have some form of political message. and the audience can react any way they wish. was she booed? applauded? both?

in the end... who really cares?

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Sandra Soto, an Associate Professor (Chicano studies ) at University of Arizona used the school's commencement ceremony to openly bash SB 1070.

This angered many people, especially some students, because they feel this was NOT the appropriate forum.

As a commentator wrote:
"Using a commencement address to espouse your political point of view to a captive audience is just plain rude."

Here's part of what she said:
"The new Arizona law generally known as SB 1070 is considered the strictest anti-immigrant legislation in the country and is explicitly intended to drive undocumented immigrants out of the state. One reason it has instigated a boycott is because to a whole lot of people, myself included, it appears to not only invite but require the police to engage in racial profiling. Before we had a chance to fully get our heads around the implications of either 1070 or of the subsequent boycott, our governor signed HB 2281, which is intended to eliminate any Ethnic Studies classes from public and charter schools in Arizona."

Arizona Graduation Speech Criticizing Immigration Laws Elicits Boos, Jeers
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Hopefully, she does not have tenure!
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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commencement speeches are what they are. they often have some form of political message. and the audience can react any way they wish. was she booed? applauded? both?
Agreed, you can get all sorts at graduation. The commence speaker at my graduation was a union leader with a pro labor movement message. Maybe they wanted us to be socially responsible as we headed off into the world but it struck the wrong note. He received a smattering of polite applause but that was it... and then we moved on.

edit: I just read Soto's entire speech at the link. Not bad, the 1070 reference was just a small part of a great speech.. and was appropriate to graduates in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: TEXAS
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do you also roll your eyes at Womens studies Professors? Black Studies professors?
What would you (and minorities) have to say about a professor of university studies - "Caucasian Blue Collar Workers" or "White Men" or "White Middle-Class Homemakers"?

Huh?



All of sudden, it just wouldn't seem right to separate and label RACE or gender, would it? If someone DID insist on such, they'd be labeled a supremist/kkk member or woman-hater or religious anti-feminist.

The hypocritical ONE-WAY street of racism and gender bias is UNACCEPTABLE.

And I'm insulted by people like Soto who think they can insinuate their biases and bigotry into the overall . . . and then they turn around and point fingers and shout RACISM! at a white person for saying something completely innocuous OR something akin to what THEY do or say or demand.

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commencement speeches are what they are. they often have some form of political message. and the audience can react any way they wish. was she booed? applauded? both?
They may, but they should not, NOT when it alienates or excludes certain students/segments.

Perhaps you should watch or read before you spout off.

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in the end... who really cares?
If you don't, then PLEASE don't take your valuable time to post about it.

Here's one for the road . . .
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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What would you (and minorities) have to say about a professor of university studies - "Caucasian Blue Collar Workers" or "White Men" or "White Middle-Class Homemakers"?

Huh?



All of sudden, it just wouldn't seem right to separate and label RACE or gender, would it? If someone DID insist on such, they'd be labeled a supremist/kkk member or woman-hater or religious anti-feminist.

The hypocritical ONE-WAY street of racism and gender bias is UNACCEPTABLE.

And I'm insulted by people like Soto who think they can insinuate their biases and bigotry into the overall . . . and then they turn around and point fingers and shout RACISM! at a white person for saying something completely innocuous OR something akin to what THEY do or say or demand.



They may, but they should not, NOT when it alienates or excludes certain students/segments.

Perhaps you should watch or read before you spout off.



If you don't, then PLEASE don't take your valuable time to post about it.

Here's one for the road . . .

This is the fault of the American parents for allowng this bigot to speak and push her agendas on young people.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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Fantastic speech by a rising Ethnic Studies academic star!
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:27 PM
 
Location: SouthCentral Texas
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This is the fault of the American parents for allowng this bigot to speak and push her agendas on young people.
I thought that these were graduating College students[adults] not 3rd graders.
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