Ethnic Studies Revolt: Banned Book Caravan To Barnstorm Tucson

Tony Diaz, dropping some knowledge with the Libro-Traficante caravan

Arizona's ethnic studies ban has resulted in the eradication of the successful and popular Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District, and a backward edict banning certain supposedly "dangerous" books by Latino authors from Tucson classrooms.

This peculiar mix of ethnic McCarthyism and Fahrenheit 451-style censorship is the product of the Republican Party in this state, which has, sadly, eschewed the traditions of Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and become the party of white pride and hatred of the brown.

I suspect that after the 2012 election, Sand Land GOPers will be singing a different tune, knocked from their high horse of a legislative supermajority to something a little more reasonable. Moreover, recent polls have suggested that President Obama has a dead even chance of flipping the state and turning it blue, with the assistance of an energized Latino voting bloc.

And what are they energized by? By bigoted laws like Senate Bill 1070 and House Bill 2281 (the ethnic studies ban) for starters. The de facto party of Anglos -- i.e., the Arizona GOP -- has been waging a war of hateful rhetoric on Hispanics, with nefarious statutes intended to drive out the undocumented en masse and keep the remaining Latinos beneath the boot heel.

Not all Cactus Country Republicans are racists, but far too many have copped a racist line for political gain. And come November, they will pay. Till then, Houston novelist Tony Diaz has a plan: a caravan of verboten books and their authors, starting out March 12 in Houston and ending up in Tucson on Friday, March 16.

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Guest
Guest

Cute video. I almost believe you when you say those books are banned... except 97 of those "banned" books are available in school libraries. They're so popular fewer than 10 books have been checked out. The local, Tucson news covered the story:
http://www.kgun9.com/news/loca...

But, hey, that's great that you guys are out there standing up for what you believe is right and just.

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PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

 that video was funny!  I am committed to registering to vote 50 Latinos this general election. The Latino vote got Pigrce dirty ass recalled last year, we can do it again! 

Guest
Guest

The GOTP has been on a tear to alienate latinos and now they're doubling down by accusing the majority of women who use contraception of being sluts and prostitutes.  Keep it up guys!

Kaptainrandom
Kaptainrandom

The problem was allowing the class to count as core requirement...
GET LEGALLY,
Plenty do,
Why wont you?

Bnbk
Bnbk

It's very frightening what our country is once again going through--------------------------------------------------"Don't join the book burners,don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed"---Dwight D. Eisenhower,speech at Dartmouth College,June 14,1953

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Mr. Lemons, Great reporting. You are tireless in your pursuit of lies, hypocrisy and injustice. Your courageous and diligent work is turning Arizona upside-down. Thank you for being a voice for so many you have had their voices silenced. And thank you for encouraging those to rise up and shout out!! You are the best.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

ALL books for ALL! Makes us want to read them to find out what this is all about. This is America, "land of the free". Equal justice for all. Liberty for all.

Native Guns
Native Guns

 Originally, Native American studies was also in Tom's abhorrent diatribe of banishment. But after a few town hall style meetings. Tom assured us that he would not include Native American studies, "just the Mexican-American studies program". And if that's so, then I'm wondering why "Rethinking Columbus" which is written by a prominent Native author, is still banned.

Mr. Horns is a two-faced liar.

Anon
Anon

Freedom of speech. Arizona, a backwater state driven by McCain, Kyle, Trent Franks and their enablers.... arpaio / thomas / chuck coughlin / CCA / high ground / Gov / AG / MCAO. Do other counties beside Maricopa County control the state and its people?

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