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.
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.
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.
Maya Arce is only a sophomore at Tucson High Magnet School, but she has already been the victim of Arizona racism multiple times while at TUSD.
Three Sonorans has been writing about MAS-TUSD almost daily since 2010, when HB2281 was passed which racially profiled Mexican American Studies in Tucson only, and which led to the official killing of the highly successful program for Latinos in 2012. Now it is time to admit the truth which was finally realized last week, on Columbus Day of all days; MAS-TUSD is dead and is not coming back anytime soon, by which I mean not under the current board or superintendent.