Feb 23, 2012

"Book Traffickers" to Cross the Cactus Curtain of Arizona

Some brave educators calling themselves "Libro Traficante" in Houston are delivering books based on the Mexican-American experience, the very type of books that were removed from the Tuscon unified school district last month, to four volunteer libraries in Arizona.  The Mexican American Studies (MAS) program was infamously outlawed in Arizona by a 2010 statute.  This statute stated that any program was outlawed that
promote the overthrow of the US government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.
The ALA denounced the ban as the suppression of open inquiry and free expression … on the basis of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
The Tuscon school district had to abide by the law or lose 10 percent of its funding.
Officially 7 titles were removed but others say that 88 titles were eliminated.  A list is provided at Librotraficante
No word as of yet from Exalted Cyclops Jan Brewer.

Source American Libraries

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