Perspective is everything and is crucial to understanding the worldview of human beings all around us that we have to live with.
Recently in the wake of the Zimmerman case there have been multiple examinations, including one by the Daily Show last week, showing just how different perspectives can be on modern day America when people are divided by race; the black group gives plenty examples of racism against them, while the white group thinks racism is gone, but more importantly, does not even want to talk about it. Even worse, they think that simply talking about the problem, to paraphrase one of their group, exacerbates the problem. It is the victims talking about being victims that makes the problem worse, with no responsibility on the oppressor’s oppression?
This ties in very closely with Arizona and its ban of Mexican American Studies.
The man with the ultimate power in this state, given to him by the passage of HB2281, is John Huppenthal who has said countless times that he was opposed to MAS-TUSD because “to talk about oppression, implies there is an oppressor.” And thus we have what led to the banning of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by Assistant Superintendent Abel Morado who told MAS Latino Literature teacher Curtis Acosta because it would bring up issues of “race, class or oppression” which was now forbidden in TUSD.
Ironically one of the names of the classes that was cancelled was “American History – Mexican American perspectives” which is unfortunate because it is that perspective that is so crucial.
For example, consider the following situation.
After the Iraq War started, there was a news segment (Democracy Now! if I recall correctly) that featured an image that was going viral regarding the soldiers in Iraq. A US soldier by a tank was giving bottled water to these poor little brown kids. This was meant to show just how compassionate the Americans were, and that we really were there to help out the innocent people.
The news segment went on to note something that the rest of the media never mentioned other than displaying the picture; the Americans just bombed the water purification systems in this area just a few days before! The reason there was a shortage of water was because of the Americans who destroyed their infrastructure. It reminds me of the scene in Apocalypse Now where the Americans shoot all the innocent people on a fishing boat, but then after they find one still alive, they say the protocol is to take them to the hospital… trying to save a life they just attempted to take.
This is why perspective is so important, and history is crucial. When you see soldiers taking the wounded to the hospital, are they heroes saving a life, or are they demons who tried to take one?
Were the US soldiers heroes for giving bottled water to the innocent Iraqis, or were they demons for targeting the fragile water infrastructure for strategic reasons?
Never letting a created tragedy go to waste, the water bottled business soon entered Iraq and made a killing on sales. Once again, was this a needed industry, bottle water, or did the pre-existing water purification system that was purposefully destroyed by the Americans suffice?
Needless to say, Iraq turned out to be a disaster that Obama inherited, and no matter what “progress” Obama brings to that country, it will never be what it was before.
A consequence of this history is that some will view those helping make “progress” as heroes, while other will see these same people as part of the problem that caused something to need that progress to begin with.
Why should I be thankful for this bottle of water when I had an entire water purification system intact that you, the person giving me this bottle, destroyed?
It’s all a matter of perspective.
And such is the case with TUSD and their ban of historical perspectives just to appease the White Supremacists at the state level even while possessing much more powerful federal protections. It is like being in the South during the Civil Rights movement and pretending that states’ rights trumps the federal courts; in particular the Desegregation Case of Brown v Board from 1954.
How sad that his is the very case that still hasn’t been dealt with nearly 60 years later in TUSD as we have been under a desegregation order for three decades that TUSD leadership fails to obey.
Recent TUSD board meetings have been a huge circle-jerk of praise for each other. Usually when you end up with a disaster, people will start doing exactly this because they all played a key role in the disaster. Recall George W. Bush on vacation during Hurricane Katrina and telling the FEMA director that he was doing a helluva job Brownie.
To cast blame or to hold others responsible means they will strike back and hold you accountable also, and in disasters there is plenty of blame to go around. Thus there are two paths; one is to congratulate each other and try to convince the public there is nothing wrong, or to try to fix what is wrong and then have in-fighting as those in throw the blame around as everyone tries to save their own ass.
Consider this perspective. No matter what HT Sanchez does during his three-years at TUSD, not even sticking around to implement his five-year plan (something that raises NO FLAGS with the current school board), his best will still never be as good as it was on Pedicone’s first day.
Just recently, before the desmadre of the prophetic year of 2012 we had both MAS classes and 11 more schools open. Then came 2012 and a new board which did nothing to reverse the damage before it was permanent.
Before we had independent water systems and now we have to rely on American corporations for bottled water. Before we had filet mignon and now all we get is ground beef. Before we had MAS and top-quality books, and now all we get is stripped-down courses with banned books in TUSD.
Before we had 11 schools that were open to their community, but now we have them closed, saving the district about $5 million dollars during the same month that the new board voted to spend $6.3 million on Pearson SOFTWARE.
The language is crucial, and it is all based on perspective.
White progressives may call what the new board is giving us progress, which it is inasmuch as you consider giving a small piece of land known as a reservation to Native Americans. Hey, these great Americans are just GIVING minorities stuff… stuff that they had before and then it was taken by those very Americans, leaving only scraps left for the original people.
Indeed it is not even a full table of scraps, but a mere one-third that Auggie Romero has brought back to our community. The brave knight went into the White Castle promising not to compromise, to bring back what was ours, but brought back only a few chewed pieces of meat; a mere three out of the nine we were promised to have.
But this is progress?
Or a grave injustice; that what we had before has been taken?
It all depends on your perspective, but unfortunately the guilty racist party on the desegregation case (TUSD) is also the one in charge, and sadly it is the highly paid house Brown directors in TUSD giving us this progress, and thanking their special masters for what little they gave back.
American history repeats itself with TUSD, but they are smarter this time around with house Mexicans doing the dirty work. Or being the heroes because they saved us from one lashing, ignoring that we are still enslaved.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
Even if HT and the new board give us 6 new schools or offer CRC at 6 more schools, right now they stuck the knife in us, pulled it out three inches, and want us to thank them while the knife still remains in us?
The time it takes for these wounds to heal are longer than HT’s term. You would have thought that when God sent HT to TUSD (as HT admits is what happened), He would have known that we needed a new leader that would lead us to the promised land at least as long as his five-year plan which HT Great has yet to create, but sometimes money talks and then people walk away with that money and go Roman about for more gold after the 11 remaining MAS teachers (remember that one betrayed the rest in exchange for gold) have been dispersed due to orders from the distant capital.