Daily Show Mocks Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies Ban

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.”

In the wake of his appearance, Hicks is a tad upset after some local name calling. Of course he claims he was edited to look bad. He’s upset that the Daily Show “opted to amuse rather than inform.”

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.

Related stories:

6 Books Banned In the Tucson Unified School District (Slideshow)

Ethnic Studies Classes Banned in Arizona

Tucson Student Protest Delays Vote On Ethnic Studies Ban

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Ok, thank you.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Ok, thank you.

Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen5 years ago

What is "Mexican-American" studies ?

Midge C.
Midge C5 years ago

OMG bought his students burritos....lmao Loooove Daily Show.....this is so funny....but ultimately sad sad sad some white people feel this way. A good read is a book "Big Brown Balls Little White Balls" written by an antropologist which examines why whites behave the way they do.

Allen Pierce
Allen Pierce5 years ago

I saw this on the broadcast and found is both very funny and quite sad. The thing I found most disturbing was that he was solely focused on Latino Studies and did not see a problem with Africian-American or Asian-American Studies. Those programs were left in place and only the Latino programs were removed. Now with luck, he will be as well very soon.

This just shows how important voting is. With enough voter apathy, anybody can get elected.

Alice B.
Alice Berry5 years ago

RE: Karen and Ed's comment, nah I doubt he's been brainwashed by Gov. Brewer (not saying it's not possible, you understand), I'm thinking he just suffered from Palin syndrome, got trapped by that dang "gotcha liberal media", meaning anyone on any show who asks a question they have not a clue how to answer or give a totally ignorant answer to. Hmmm, now THAT would be a GOP ticket, Palin/Hicks!

Jose B.
Jose B5 years ago

I often associate Arizonians as "mavericks" such as the political maverick Sen. John McCain. However, a maverick is usually associated with a non-conformist, unorthodox or lone dissenter with some semblance of intellect to form a logical defense against a prevailing standard.Mr.Hicks can partially qualify as a maverick but I consider him more a "misfit" That is a person who is not suited or is unable to the adjust to the circumstances of a particular situation.Now students, listen up:you can now form your own sentence to use misfit and Mr. Hicks in a sentence and you can use ALL CAPS AND SPANISH TOO! Escriba con claridad y proposito, los ninos y ninas.

s. ryan
p. q5 years ago


J C Bro
J C Brou5 years ago

Hicks is as American as cherry pie

Kevin O.
Kevin O5 years ago

Michael Hicks: A poster adult for ignorance (and proud of it).