Comment by state superintendent angers AZ's Latino community

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by Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 9:56 PM

PHOENIX - The state superintendent of public instruction is in hot water with the Latino community over a comment he made.

Tom Horne implied Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who were close allies when the late labor rights leader founded the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) were romantically involved.

Horne made the comment last week when he testified before a House committee on a bill that would outlaw ethnic studies in public schools.

He said, “The real outrage is that Dolores Huerta told a mandatory high school assembly that republicans hate Latinos.”

Christina Martinez Romero tells 3TV, “If he had done his homework he would have known Huerta and Chavez were pioneers in our community and have been acknowledged as respected and powerful labor movement leaders.”

Horne, who is a republican, is running for attorney general and has refused to apologize.
 

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