Diversity

COMMENTARY

Lawsuits over critical race theory bans are coming. Here’s what won’t work — and what might.

BY: - July 30, 2021

As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally arose: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights? The First Amendment protects free speech against government punishment, outside of something as extreme as a threat of violence. A school district is a government agency. So […]

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GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers defends her promotion of racist ‘great replacement’ ideology

BY: - July 20, 2021

After a media report highlighting her use of language mirroring a racist conspiracy theory that was cited by white supremacist mass shooters, Flagstaff Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers doubled- and tripled-down on her assertion that immigrants are “replacing” white Americans and destroying “western civilization.” Rogers on Saturday retweeted an article by far-right outlet Breitbart Texas […]

COMMENTARY

What’s Arizona got to do with D.C. statehood? A lot, actually.

BY: - July 12, 2021

All eyes were on the U.S. Senate as it considered the For the People Act (S.1) to protect voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and raise the standards for ethics in government.

COMMENTARY

The through-line from the Big Lie to the lies about critical race theory

BY: - July 9, 2021

The mounting attack by Republican lawmakers across the country against multicultural education is the lie behind the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. 

Uber, DoorDash settle state claim, end breaks for Black businesses

BY: - June 3, 2021

Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the deals violated the state's Civil Rights Act.

Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Senate vote

BY: - May 26, 2021

A bill requiring a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools passed Tuesday as lawmakers consider a flurry of budget bills. 

COMMENTARY

The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet

BY: - May 25, 2021

I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. 

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term.

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Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory

BY: - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S.

Proposed restrictions would make voting harder for Arizona’s tribal communities

BY: - April 21, 2021

Native American voters helped secure President Joe Biden’s narrow win in 2020, but Republican-backed proposals at the state legislature to restrict voting access could make the challenges tribal voters overcame last year even more daunting in 2022.