CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign AB 1460 bill (ethnic studies)

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As people of color, along with our anti-racist White allies, we strongly urge California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign AB 1460, the ethnic studies bill. Once signed, this bill will mandate 3 units of Ethnic Studies at the California State University (CSU) system for undergraduate students to graduate. It usually takes 120 units to graduate.

Why should Gov. Newsom sign AB 1460? Thanks for asking. Let's consider the following list, as we're too exhausted and taxed to continuously educate the decision-makers on why ethnic studies is important, especially in the current climate where racism has been normalized by the those in power at the federal level and beyond...

Genocide of Indigenous People in North America


U.S. War Against Mexico (1846-1848)

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Jim Crow

Internment of Japanese Americans

Police Killing of Ruben Salazar

The Wounded Knee Occupation 

Sexual Harassment and Killing of Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood

Police Killing of Breonna Taylor

Police Killing of George Floyd

Black Lives Matter

Brown Children in Cages

We can go on and on, where if we must explain the above to those in power, this represents another reason why we demand an ethnic studies requirement at the CSU.