This morning in East Harlem thousands of schoolchildren took a school trip to a street festival honoring El D'a de los Reyes. The celebration, which honors the day that the Three Kings arrived at the manger of the infant Jesus, is a spirited example of the presence of Latin American tradition in the United States.
But in Arizona, such a class trip would be banned.
According to a new state law, public school children in grades K-12 can no longer be taught lessons in ethnic studies, defined as “history, anthropology and literature courses designed to teach the stories, histories, struggles and triumphs of people of color through their own unique perspectives.”
In both church and state, there are few epiphanies in Arizona lately.