"I was told it would be a standard history class with a Mexican-American influence," said Ward, who no longer teaches. "But the whole inference and tone was anger. (They taught students) that the United States was and still is a fundamentally racist country in nature, whose interests are contrary to those of Mexican-American kids.
"Individuals in this (Ethnic Studies) department are vehemently anti-Western culture. They are vehemently opposed to the United States and its power. They are telling students they are victims and that they should be angry and rise up."
The kind of Mexican-American studies being taught include teaching Latino youth that white people oppress them, that the U.S. government should be overthrown, and parts of the U.S. returned to Mexico. Read one of the poems being taught in this course, which an angry mother read aloud at a school board meeting.
ALRA member Rey Torres will also call in with a live update from Mexico.