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Mar 18, 2011 12:27 AM

Tom Horne at center of protest by La Raza studies supporters

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is at the center of another La Raza studies protest.

This time, the video has hit Youtube, and Horne says it shows the unruly teachings of the program. The protest happened Monday at the State Capitol.

Tom Horne actually released the video to the media himself, saying the La Raza studies supporters were interfering with his interview with a TV station.

In the video, you can see Horne walking up toward the building to do the interview with camera crews, and moments later they are surrounded by La Raza supporters.

Horne says it is a perfect example of why the teachings in the Mexican-American studies program should be stopped.

"The La Raza studies program is teaching the kids this kind of thuggish behavior, and it's very dysfunctional because when they grow up they have to learn to deal with disagreements in a civil way," Horne said.

But La Raza supporters say eliminating the classes would be cultural genocide, and the protest was never violent.

"It's like he's got a one track mind...eliminate education, restrict it, censor it, etcetera," La Raza contributor Roberto Rodriguez said.

The audit on the Mexican-American studies program at T.U.S.D. is expected to start next week. They will be looking to see if the curriculum is in compliance with the new state law.

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