Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro on Wednesday dismissed the importance of ethnic studies by insisting that only purposes of the courses were “to meet girls” and “get an easy A.”
Fox News host Megyn Kelly noted on Wednesday that a U.S. Circuit Court judge recently had upheld an Arizona law that banned ethnic studies in Tucson because Republican lawmakers said that the classes promoted racial resentment.
Shapiro argued that the judge had made the right decision because ethnic studies courses — like the Mexican American Studies Program that was banned in Tucson — had a “myopic focus on the idea that America is a racist place against certain ethnicities and minorities.”
“The second point here is just the giant waste of taxpayer dollars that this constitutes,” he added. “Look, I took Jewish studies courses when I was at UCLA. There are only two reason that you take a Jewish studies course. The first is to meet girls, and the second is to get an easy A.”
“And that’s why most students are taking ethnic studies courses, unless they’re buying into this radical ideology that really is the basis of all ethic studies courses throughout America.”
“That explains a lot about the make up of some of those classes back in my school,” Kelly quipped.
University of Pennsylvania Sociology Professor Camille Charles, however, said that she was offended at the charge that the only purpose of ethnic studies courses was to stir up anti-American resentment.
“There was a time in our history that parts of what is now the United States were actually Mexico, that people of African descent, of Latin American descent, of Native American descent were exploited and oppressed at a point in our history, I think those are all factually accurate,” she explained.
Earlier on Wednesday, Shapiro had appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) where he told televangelist Pat Robertson that Republicans “need to stop arguing policy” and “punch back twice as hard” at Democrats.
“When they are called racist, the proper response is not, ‘Oh well, you know, I have black friends,’ That’s a silly response,” Shapiro opined. “The actual response should be, ‘No, you are racist for boiling racism down to anything with which you disagree.’ What that does is it demeans racism, it makes racism into something that means nothing. And that’s something Republicans need to do on a more regular basis.”
“We need to expose their tactics. The fact is that all of liberalism is based on slight of hand. They don’t have facts or evidence to back their positions so what they do instead is they play this moral game. They’re arguing character and we’re arguing policy.”
Shapiro recently came under fire for falsely reporting that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was tied to “Friends of Hamas,” a group which does not even exist.
Watch this video from Fox News’ America Live, broadcast March 13, 2013.