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Tue Jan 17, 2012, 03:27 PM

Arizona School District Wipes Latino American History Off the Map


.Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Common Dreams

Arizona School District Wipes Latino American History Off the Map

- Common Dreams staff

A catastrophe in slow motion has played out in Arizona schools over the last several years as anti-immigrant sentiment crept into state legislation guiding how and what kind of Mexican American and indigenous history could be taught in classrooms across the southwestern border state. What may have seemed absurd until recently is now a reality as boxes of banned books will now be gathered up and locked away.

Jeff Biggers, who has covered the ethnic studies ban in Arizona extensively, reported at Salon:

As part of the state-mandated termination of its ethnic studies program, the Tucson Unified School District released an initial list of books to be banned from its schools today. According to district spokeperson Cara Rene, the books “will be cleared from all classrooms, boxed up and sent to the Textbook Depository for storage.”

Facing a multimillion-dollar penalty in state funds, the governing board of Tucson’s largest school district officially ended the 13-year-old program on Tuesday in an attempt to come into compliance with the controversial state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies.


This is the list of textbooks cleared from the classrooms, according to KGUN 9 in Tuscon:


Critical Race Theory– Richard Delgado

500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures – edited by Elizabeth Martinez

Message to AZTLAN – Rodolfo Corky Gonzales

Chicano! The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement – Arturo Rosales

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos – Rodolfo Acuna

Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire

Rethinking Columbus: The next 500 Years – Bill Bigelow

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