by Jim Nintzel
Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers wanted to make some remarks at last week's TUSD meeting on the future of Mexican-American Studies, but as regular readers know, the meeting didn't exactly go according to plan.
Here's what Rogers would have said:
It is no exaggeration to say that there is war against Southern Arizona, Pima County & Tucson. It is a war on our values, our culture, our heritage and our society as we know it.
The Extremists based in Phoenix want to dictate how we run our elections in Tucson, how we run our government and how we run our schools. We must fight back.
Since they want to eliminate Mexican American Studies, perhaps we have to use only European History allusions to make our points. Here's something they can perhaps understand.
In 1938, English PM Neville Chamberlain attended a conference with Hitler in Munich. Hitler was on the march to conquer Europe. Chamberlain basically conceded the Sudetenland, a German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia, to Hitler for conquer - in the foolish hope that it would "preserve" the peace. Chamberlain returned to England and was photographed at the airport holding the infamous "black umbrella." Thereafter, the Nazi’s brutally conquered almost all of Europe.
Appeasement & capitulation didn't work then & it won't work now. You don't acquiesce to bullies who peddle hate, racial discord and divisiveness like Horne & Huppenthal because they won't go away. You stand tall and fight for what’s right.
So, which members of the TUSD governing board will be holding black umbrellas tonight to show their lack of courage? And will there be three of them?
We'll see whether he gets a chance to have his say at tomorrow's TUSD meeting.