Year after year, the Daily Show manages to get interviews with people seemingly unaware of the show’s satirical basis and that they are likely to be mercilessly mocked.
Monday night, they had on Tuscon school board member Michael Hicks, a supporter of Arizona’s ethnic studies ban. The ban was proposed in response to the 13-year-old Mexican American history program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). It has led to the banning of books.
The appearance is gobsmackingly awful.
Hicks claims that the classes promoted “radical ideas,” such as the reclamation of formerly Mexican territory “by bloodshed.” Teachers have apparently brainwashed students by feeding them burritos (I am not making this up).
When asked for evidence, he explains that he hadn’t actually visited any classes.
“Why even go? I based my thoughts on hearsay from others,” he says.
Arizona’s law may ban Mexican American history classes but African American studies remain. Asked to explain the seeming inconsistency, Hicks then claims that those classes do not teach “the resentment of a race or class of people.” Asked to explain exactly how he’d teach black students about slavery without provoking any resentment toward white people, he flails around.
“We now have a black man as a president. Rosa Clark [sic] did not take a gun and go onto a bus and hold up everybody,” he says, presumably meaning “Rosa Parks.”
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The Show probably had some clue what to expect, once Hicks agreed to appear. After all, he has spoken before about his “simple mind.”
There’s a recall effort underway to remove Michael Hicks from the TUSD school board.
Last November, State Senator Russell Pearce, the force behind Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law SB 1070, was defeated in a recall election.
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