Why Are Tucson School Officials Banning Mexican-American Studies?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I help fight those pendejos?

DEAR MEXICAN: Aunqué soy Boricua, mi corazón está al lado del pueblo mejicano, aquí en Arizona. ¿Porqué no hablas contra "La Bruja Mala del Oeste" Gobernadora Jan Brewer, "El Leon Cobarde" Ex-Senador Russell Pearce, "El Hombre Hecho de Lata" Alguacil del Condado Maricopa Joe Arpairo, "El Hombre Hecho de Paja" Abogado General Tom Horne y, en final, "El Brujo de OZ" Superintendente de Instrucción Pública John Huppenthal?

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DEAR GABACHO READERS: You don't need a Spanish-English dictionary or your pocho co-worker to figure out what the question above refers to: the continued anti-Mexican, anti-rationality insanity that is Arizona. We've covered its pendejos throughout the years, especially Horne and Huppenthal, who earlier this year declared the Mexican-American Studies program at the Tucson Unified School District illegal because it doesn't hew to the traditional view in American history that teaches Mexicans are shiftless, lazy rapists. Part of their blitzkrieg was to ban from Tucson schools books ranging from Shakespeare's The Tempest to Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz's Drown to works by authors including Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie and even Howard Zinn. They're banning American history in Tucson! In other news, Satan called: The Prince of Darkness wants his disciples to join him back in Hell.

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BUY BANNED BOOKS! On that note, let me turn the columna over to two worthy projects designed to counter the Tucson Unified School District's pendejadas. The first plug goes to the SouthWest Organizing Project, the fine cabrones y cabronas from Albuquerque behind 500 Years of Chicano History, one of the books targeted by the Arizona Know Nothings for daring to show that Mexican history in the Southwest wasn't all about sleeping peons under cactuses or Spanish missions. They're selling the book at a 50 percent discount to all Arizonans and will give the book away for FREE to any Arizonan student who writes a letter "describing why they think the teaching of Chicano and Native American history accurately to young people is essential," according to their website. More info is available at chicanohistory.org.

The other great effort is by my Houston amigos over at Nuestra Palabra. One of them, Tony Diaz, has assumed a new persona: El Librotraficante, who's currently setting up underground libraries in Houston, San Antonio, Albuquerque and Tucson that'll host the banned books and other tomes by writers of color and their down gabacho compatriots. They want to collect a complete set of banned libros for each underground library and donate extra copies to public libraries once each community is safely set with a collection the pendejos can't access. People who want to help—and chingón writers who want to donate a set of their work—can learn more at librotraficante.com.

PREORDER TACO USA! The Mexican will donate muchos copies of his two previous books to the Librotraficante's efforts—how's that for a segue into my obligatory plug for the latest one? Gentle cabrones: My much-promised Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America will finally hit bookstores April 10, but that doesn't mean you can't already order it (yes, grammar snobs: I just used a double-negative, but Mexican Spanish loves double-negatives the way we do cute second cousins). Place your order with your favorite local bookstore, your finer online retailers, your craftier piratas, but place it: My libro editor has already promised to deport me from the publishing industry if we don't sell enough copies! Stay tuned for book-signing info!

 
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OCborn
OCborn

What a waste of your talent spewing hatred for whites and anyone that doesn't agree with you. Most Christians don't speak ill of the dead either so I'm assuming you are also an athiest. God help your soul!

appaloosa
appaloosa

And yet, there is a wonderful commemorative statue to José Doroteo Arango Arámbula in downtown Tucson: http://ur1.ca/8ylc4

Boy, Arizonans are weird..

feline74
feline74

Why, pray tell, did they feel the need to ban The Tempest? Is there some obscure pro-Latino context I missed in High School?

BillRichardsonMesa
BillRichardsonMesa

With Gobernadora Bruja y los demones que la siguen, there is only one view of the world and it is the fantasy world in which they live. They view chicanos as remnants of a past they would like to forget and view immigrants as vermin to be eradicated as an incursion into their sparkling white know nothing worlds. They do all this with a blind eye to the injustices that they are imposing yet certainly enjoy the posole, burritos y enchiladas that are made by underpaid cooks that they never even see. Congratulations to the Librotraficantes. Adelante!

angstrom
angstrom

do lazy rapists just mail it in sometimes?

Alva
Alva

"traditional view in American history that teaches Mexicans are shiftless, lazy rapists."

Blatant fucking falsehood. You have no credibility after publishing a mentira like this. No slander of your character is unbased now.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Actually, with your English skills (no irony), I would have thought that you would understand that the double-negative as used is quite proper. double negatives are only improper if when analyzed, the meaning is contrary to the intent.

Dls1256
Dls1256

You are so full of crap!

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, as Bill Richardson Mesa points out, one can only hope that if it gets ignored it'll go away. Of course they're so stupid that they don't understand by banning stuff that doesn't fit into their tiny world view that they end up bringing more attention to them

Alva
Alva

Nope, they send it by carrier burro.

Rperezoz1180
Rperezoz1180

Not completely false, historically it has Mexicans have been portrayed as lazy people by propaganda. Think speedy Gonzalez, the three amigos, and other media outlets. However, if you are arguing that in history books, Mexicans have not been portrayed as lazy people then you're correct, because we have have been shown to ne some of the hardest and most dedicated people.

Mike
Mike

Ha! Funny. It's sarcasm mixed with truth. Read and be intertained by another view.

Bill T.
Bill T.

But you continue to read, okaaaay ....

Seems like Gustavo's most loyal readers are his detractors, never fails to crack me up, you guys are funny.

 
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