Ethnic Studies Banned in Arizona

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 13th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/14soighj/
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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..."

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Ethnic Studies, Latino Studies, Latinos, Mexican-American History, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar John Doe
13th Feb 2012 (#)

RACIST AT IT OWN FINEST!

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author avatar angel
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Too bad to hear that...Thanks for this share, Steve...

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow - what a loss of history if they wont allow it to be taught. Any history is a good thing whether you like it or not, should not be an issue. So glad there are people still fighting against this though and I truley do hope they win and get there education in full

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author avatar aking1614
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Trying to restrict history to one point of view, one perspective, doesn't allow the whole story to be told. Shame on anyone who tries to squash the history of any culture.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Right you are ashan1614.. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Feb 2012 (#)

I'm all for assimilation but people have a right to understand their native history too!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed they do Jerry. Thank you.

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author avatar Buzz
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Another one of the laws passed considered an ass. Thanks for sharing, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Arizona's Republicans, who authored and passed this law, are mean spiorited and racist. Thanks Buzz.

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
14th Feb 2012 (#)

i hate those kinds of lawmakers.... we've got a lot already but nothing is happening......we still have the ills of the society

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed we do. Thanks, cowboynextdoor.

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Now is the time when people act not just react Steve. In today's world more and more are standing up and making their voices heard..Oppression has to buckle under this eventually..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Yes is does. Thank you Songbird.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
16th Feb 2012 (#)

This is frightening. I immediately thought of "Nazi Book Burning".

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