Arizona Schools Ban Books That Talk About Race!
Tucson schools have banned books — mainly by Chicano and Native America authors — because they deal with race!!
The books include Rethinking Columbus by Tucson local author Leslie Marmon Silko, Joseph Bruchac‘s A Friend of the Indians, and The Tempest — by William Shakespeare!!!!
Later administrators told Mexican-American studies teachers to stay away from any class units where ├óΓé¼┼ôrace, ethnicity and oppression are central themes.” WHAAA??
How did this ban get passed, you ask? Apparently, really easily! The Tucson Unified School District Board voted 4 to 1 to the ban the Chicano, Native American, and racially charged books.
Roberto Rodriguez, professor at University of Arizona is totally embarrassed by his state. He had this to say about the ban:
“If anything, the banning of books will let the world know precisely what kind of mindset is operating here; in that previous era, this would be referred to as a reduccion (cultural genocide) of all things Indigenous. In this era, it can too also be see as a reduccion.”
It’s disgusting to think that some Arizona citizens are openly trying to “take back Arizona” from the people who were there first.