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Tucson Schools Seize Chicano and Native American books from classrooms


TUCSON -- High school students from the now-forbidden Mexican American
Studies classes in Tucson spoke out during Martin Luther King Day here,
protesting the school board and state of Arizona's decision to ban their
classes and their culture.



Describing the seizure of Chicano and Native American books from his
classrooms, one student said it was an attempt to "take away our power."



"Knowledge is power," he said, describing how education and knowledge
form beliefs and, "who we are." He said school officials entered his
classroom and removed all the books.

Another student described how ethnic groups other than Latinos at Tucson
schools can still discuss their cultures, while Mexican American
culture discussions are now forbidden. Further, she says her teachers
are now "under a microscope" and issues like feminism, oppression and
Martin Luther King are forbidden topics.



Students, describing the trauma, said it was as if they were in Nazi Germany.



Tucson schools seized Chicano and Native American books from classrooms
after the board voted Tuesday, Jan. 10, to forbid Mexican American
Studies, rather than fight the decision by the state school head. The
Tucson Unified School District board was threatened with the loss of
millions of education dollars unless the classes were banned.



Louise Benally, Navajo resisting relocation at Big Mountain on the
Navajo Nation, joined students protesting outside the board meeting on
Jan. 10.



"It is time to slay the beast," said Benally, pointing out that the same
corporate beast that oppresses and forbids ethnic studies in Tucson is
the same corporate beast poisoning Black Mesa on Navajoland with coal
mines and coal fired power plants.



Simon Ortiz, world acclaimed poet, author and professor, responded to
the banning of books by Chicano and Native American authors.



Simon Ortiz said, "I am very stunned and very shocked and very pissed
off the Tucson Unified School District would ban Mexican American
Studies and books like Rethinking Columbus: The Next Five Hundred Years
that includes works by Indigenous (Native) authors Leslie Marmon Silko,
N. Scott Momaday, Winona LaDuke, Buffy St. Marie, Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose,
Joseph Bruchac, Jimmie Durham, Peter Blue Cloud, Luther Standing Bear,
Gail Trembly, Jose Barreiro, Phillip Martin, Suzanne Shown Harjo. The
banning explicitly and pointedly shows it is not only Mexican American
Studies and people and so-called illegal immigrants that are targeted
but Indigenous studies and people as a whole." Simon J. Ortiz is Regents
Professor, at the ASU Department of English, American Indian Studies.



Roberto Rodriguez, professor at University of Arizona, is also among the
nation's top Chicano and Latino authors on the Mexican American Studies
reading list. Rodriguez' column about this week's school board
decision, posted at Censored News, is titled: "Tucson school officials
caught on tape 'urinating' on Mexican students." http://drcintli.blogspot.com/



Rodriguez responded to Censored News on Sunday about the banning of his books at Tucson schools.



"The attacks in Arizona are mind-boggling. To ban the teaching of a
discipline is draconian in and of itself. However, there is also now a
banned books list that accompanies the ban. I believe 2 of my books are
on the list, which includes: Justice: A Question of Race and The X in La
Raza. Two others may also be on the list," Rodriguez said.

"That in itself is jarring, but we need to remember the proper context.
This is not simply a book-banning; according to Tom Horne, the former
state schools' superintendent who designed HB 2281, this is part of a
civilizational war. He determined that Mexican American Studies is not
based on Greco-Roman knowledge and thus, lies outside of Western
Civilization.



"In a sense, he is correct. The philosophical foundation for MAS is a
maiz-based philosophy that is both, thousands of years old and
Indigenous to this continent. What has just happened is akin to an Auto
de Fe -- akin to the 1562 book-burning of Maya books in 1562 at Mani,
Yucatan. At TUSD, the list of banned books will total perhaps 50 books,
including artwork and posters.



"For us here in Tucson, this is not over. If anything, the banning of
books will let the world know precisely what kind of mindset is
operating here; in that previous era, this would be referred to as a
reduccion (cultural genocide) of all things Indigenous. In this era, it
can too also be see as a reduccion."



The reading list includes world acclaimed Chicano and Latino authors,
along with Native American authors. The list includes books by Corky
Gonzales, along with Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street;” Jimmy
Santiago Baca’s “Black Mesa Poems,“ and L.A. Urreas’ “The Devil’s
Highway.“ The authors include Henry David Thoreau and the popular book
“Like Water for Chocolate.”



On the reading list are Native American author Sherman Alexie's books,
“Ten Little Indians,“ and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in
Heaven.“ O’odham poet and professor Ofelia Zepeda’s “Ocean Power, Poems
from the Desert” is also on the list.



DA Morales writes in Three Sonorans, at Tucson Citizen, about the role
of state schools chief John Huppenthal. "Big Brother Huppenthal has
taken his TEA Party vows to take back Arizona … take it back a few
centuries with official book bans that include Shakespeare!"


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  • No they didn't seize or ban any books, they shipped the extra copies of the texts to a storage facillity. The books are still in the library for check out if anyone wants. But to teach kids only about one sided race baiting like the Aztlan movement is BS and not right. They are/were teaching racisim to kids, telling them to revolt take to the streets to overthrow the US government and it's ideologies. The racist and hate group La Raza was behind these clases.

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    • @wet501

      Your are correct sir. The books were simply removed from the classroom and are available to the students in the library.

      Now Arizona needs to enforce student enrollment ID. That'll rile up the Racists.

      btw. I've been following this locally and the word on the streets is that there will be some kind of rebellion on January 24th.

      Stay tuned.

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  • White Arizona residents have had enough of paying for anti-white racism to be taught in their own public schools. When white kids start getting beat downs from chicanos spewing the same garbage they learned in their La Razist class virtually verbatim, it's time to pull the plug on that horse shit. The entire "diversity" machine in the US is a rip-off of the mostly white taxpayer class dedicated to fomenting anti-white hatred throughout the US in order to give the democrat party a r More..

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  • Ohhhh boy.

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  • about fucking time, whoever bought these books for the school should be fired and charged with hate crimes, they are racist fuckers.

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  • i'm not hostile to Spanish culture in general, i rather like it, but the third world is the third world for a reason, a program of effective deportation needs to be implemented before the slovenly habits and illiteracy of these people become more widespread, if we want central American immigration, it should come from places like Brazil and argentina, not mexico

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    • @golem
      You're a real piece of shit , but that's not news to me . Ubermensch .

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    • @lauriebhoy

      lol thank you, but describing me using NAZI euphemism's is rather inaccurate, i don't mind the brown people per say, but if we are going to have immigration from our southern border,it should be varied and from economically strong areas where people have a good educational background, like Brazil, or Argentina, America does not need 10's of millions of illegal,uneducated and illiterate mexicans, and their offspring.

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    • @golem HAHAHA, BRAZIL? AGRENTINA? WHERE THEY CUT OFF YOUR HEAD FOR STEALING A BAG OF CHIPS?? MEXICANS ARE BETTER THAN ANY SOUTH AMERICAN SLAVE RACE.. DEAR LORD THEY ARE DOGS.. I PREFER MEXICANS ANY DAY!!

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    • @golem Mexico has the worlds richest man, has better schools than any south american country. I can see right through your anti-mexican logic. Your just another narrow minded prick!

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  • So what you're saying is Arizona made affirmative action illegal and now the hispanic majority in Pima country are gathering their pitchforks and torches? Who are the racists again?

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  • Fuckin Shakespeare ? You morons .

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  • so what about the blacks, and their anti-white agenda? I live here in arizona, and there is on Mexican and white aggression. Only the racist idiot mexicans and whites think so, and theyre the small, VERY small percentage that think so. SB1070 got overturned or is upheld right now, due to many that dont beleive in it. Mexicans are far mroe american that the blacks. They arent muslims, or dont want to make it a shithole like the blacks did to detroit or baltimore..

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  • It just goes to show how a well orchestrated campaign can, and will, get
    results. We have a radio station here that hosts a guy who was whining
    day and night about this. Look up Jon Justice.

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  • About time! That BS does not belong in U.S. class rooms.

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  • pretty sad, how far the USA has fallen, the tea party wants to turn every US citizen into badly educated white trash

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    • @Penguinister You're an idiot

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