Ethnic Studies Banned in Arizona
In Arizona, if you are black or Latino, they want to 'assimilate' you into the mainstream.
No history should be illegal
The Arizona State Legislature recently passed, and Governor Jan Brewer signed, a law that bans the teaching of ethnic, and Latino studies in the Arizona school system. This is, of course, a blatantly racist action, and one wonders at the hutzpah of the authorities who have done this. Let's make this clear: the ban is against real history, including any books they don't like, including Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the seminal Rethinking Columbus, to any number of award-winning novels penned by Latino writers.
In response, on January 24th, 2012, hundreds of Latino students from the mddle schools and high schools of Tucson walked out of school, constructed their own Latino Studies curriculum, and began to teach themselves, along with help from committed professors at the University of Arizona. Where there is a will there's a way, and these students are proving that the backwoods, racist legislators in the state governent of Arizona are not going to stop them from learning of their own history.
Activist teachers have launched a month-long initiative - "They say shut it down. We say spread it around." Students are holding teach-ins and workshops, lists of banned books are being passed around to the students, and the American Library Association has blasted the legislation, issuing a proclamation: "Whereas, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy...No society of free people can flourish that draws up a list of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say..."