“Someone mentioned that the Holocaust is taught [in TUSD], but we are not going to talk about the holocaust of Native people on this land? I mean that’s fascinating, there’s something wrong with that. That’s the same thing as genocide, but we are not going to talk about that?
5 years ago this week, on May 3rd, 2011, the event now known as the TUSD Tragedy took place which you can see in the video above. Superintendent John Pedicone somehow how gained the power to give orders to police, 7 women were arrested, and outside police were throwing students and their parents on the street, bloodying them and leaving gravel still embedded under their skin years later.
Last Friday, January 9th, 2015, just one week after Arizona’s state superintendent John Huppenthal issued yet another ban on Ethnic Studies classes in TUSD, an Ethnic Studies Now summit was held at Mission High School in San Francisco as hundreds of scholars gathered before the Ninth Circuit hearing on January 12th to determine whether Arizona has the constitutional right to ban Mexican American Studies in Tucson.» Read more
In January of 2012, 7 books were banned in Tucson’s largest school district that were at the heart of the Mexican American Studies program.
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Message to Aztlan
- Critical Race Theory
- 500 Años del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History, in Pictures
- Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years
- Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
- Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights
48 teachers from different states have filed their own amicus brief in the Maya Arce v. John Huppenthal Ninth Circuit case against HB2281, Arizona’s “Ethnic Studies Ban” bill.
If you have ever wondered why these books are so powerful, and why they should be read by all Americans, then you should print out a copy of the PDF above to read over the holiday break to find out how historical truth really gets under the skin of right-wing Republicans in Arizona, the “show me your papers state,” to the point that they try to mimic 1930s Germany even further by banning books.