The words below were too beautiful not to share from our beautiful academic warrior Julianna Leon, who survived the historical trauma TUSD and the state of Arizona put her through this year and she has become what they fear most; an educated Chicana.
“Leaving Acosta’s classroom was leaving behind a chunk of my beautifully imperfect life. Bitter sweet words from Acosta, saying I humble him? People like him shape who I am. I grew to love like I never thought I would. I grew to use my brain like I never thought I would. Defying stereotypes, adapting and overcoming, and appreciating to the fullest. I will see you around “Curtis” (: And even though he flipped you off during a talking circle, thanks for being the one teacher in this school that appreciates and understands my Tupac shirt ;D haha”
– Julianna Leon (Facebook post), from the last cohort of Mexican-American Studies before TUSD banned the classes in January 2012.
Leon was enrolled in Curtis Acosta’s “Latino Literature” class before TUSD came and took her books away, banning Acosta to TEACH OUT OF THEM in the classroom, converting the class to an (Anglo-) American Literature course.
You can hear what Julianna has been through in her own words in the video below starting at the 25:30 mark.