Ian Haney-Lopez

Ian Haney-Lopez is the John H. Boalt professor of law, University of California, Berkeley, and author of White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race and Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice.

Recent Articles

Blind Spot

How reactionary colorblindness has infected our courts -- and our politics

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who claims a major school district in Tucson is violating a new state law by continuing an ethnic studies program (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne knows racism when he sees it, and he isn't afraid to publicly castigate the most recent agents of race hate. Horne is an outspoken opponent of racism in a state roiling with tensions about "illegal aliens" and "anchor babies." The bigotry Horne especially rebukes? Courses like "Latino literature." If Horne has his way, the Tucson public school system -- serving a student body that's over half Mexican American and, like other districts, already suffering hard economic times -- will lose $15 million in state funding this year unless it terminates its Mexican American Studies program. According to Horne, classes in the program spread "one-sided propaganda" and "brainwash" impressionable young minds by teaching un-American calumnies -- that there's prejudice against Mexican Americans in Arizona, for instance. Horne's effort to whip up public hysteria about the place of Hispanics in our society owes its success to the right-wing co-optation of...