The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is suing a California high school for allegedly mocking the country’s immigrant heritage with a racist joke that “froze the memory of the thousands of immigrants that died in the American Civil War.”
Majordomo in English, a Latino advocacy group that has been lobbying against school district policies that include mandatory English-only language instruction, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Aliso Viejo High School, alleging that it “intentionally promoted and glorified” the school’s Latino students’ “illegal, and therefore racist” history in the “misappropriated humor” created by its students.
“The school district’s racist and derogatory messages and images were used to promote and glorify the idea that Latinos have no rights,” MALDEF President David Chappell said in a statement.
“It’s shameful and shameful that the district is allowing its students to be exposed to such harmful ideas.”
Malibu school district says Latino students ‘misappropriate’ jokesMalibu Unified School District announced Wednesday that its Latino students will have to learn Spanish during the year.
Malibu Unified Public Schools issued a statement saying the district has no plans to teach the children any other language besides Spanish.
The district has also banned the use of any words, phrases or phrases that could “trigger a racial, religious, ethnic or ethnic origin awareness and/or sensitivity.”
A Malibu police officer responds to students in a classroom in Malibu, California, U.S., June 29, 2020.
Malibu police say they are investigating a complaint that students at the Malibu School District were making racist jokes and “misunderstanding” about their race.
Malibus school district spokesman Tom Steeves said in the statement that the school district has been in contact with the Malibus Community College District, where the students attend, to discuss the issue.
The district also sent an email to students and faculty Tuesday telling them that its goal is to “promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our students.”
Malibus students have been told to learn the district’s English and Spanish classes.
“This is the first time in the history of the Malibis that we have had students who are not Spanish speakers,” said Malibu High School District spokesman Tom Stamper.
“We don’t want them to feel discriminated against, so we’ve created a language immersion program.”
The district has said the language immersion would allow students to “learn and practice the language of our community,” which includes the Mexican American community.
The Mexican American American Legal Association (MALA), the Latino civil rights group, said the school system’s action is “a slap in the face” to its Latino residents and to students of all backgrounds.
“We’re asking that the Malibruses learn about the history and cultures of their Mexican ancestry, which includes our children, in the context of our nation’s history and culture,” said David Gomez, the group’s legal director.
The lawsuit comes as the country continues to grapple with the fallout from the deadly violence that occurred in Las Vegas, Arizona, last month, during a music festival.
The shooting prompted the country to review its gun laws and debate the limits of individual rights.
But the nation’s Latino community is deeply concerned about the consequences of the “incendiary rhetoric” being used to “exploit the tragedy to advance a narrow political agenda,” Gomez said.