Four of the seven books banned in Tuscon, AZ schools. They are amongst dozens more that are still technically available, but have been removed from the curriculum, including Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal,
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, Mexican WhiteBoy by Matthew de la Pena, Drown by Junot Diaz, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquieve, The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin… be sure to check out the full list.

These books were removed from classrooms as part of the dismantling of Mexican American Studies, a program created in 1997 to reach out to at-risk students in a district in which over 60% of students are Latin@. While the program improved attendance and test scores, the superintendent claimed that the curriculum was racist, would “brainwash” students to believe white people were oppressors, may “foster resentment” or even encourage students to overthrow the government.

After a long fight, a federal court recently ordered the program be reinstated, but it is now referred to as “culturally relevant courses”, and the approved course materials contain no Mexican American authors.

Find out more at the Arizona Ethnic Studies Network or watch this short documentary from PBS about the program and its dismantling.

  1. goontheview reblogged this from queerbookclub
  2. devouringrage reblogged this from kanyeweaste
  3. smunny-and-fart reblogged this from kanyeweaste
  4. kanyeweaste reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  5. alwaysreclaiming reblogged this from queerbookclub
  6. popcornheaux reblogged this from ethiopienne
  7. ealvarezz10 reblogged this from ismaelrgv and added:
    To read list
  8. officialsmokescreen reblogged this from ismaelrgv
  9. ismaelrgv reblogged this from queerbookclub
  10. awkwardconvention reblogged this from queerbookclub
  11. ameeorbit reblogged this from queerbookclub
  12. sailorfuckthisshit reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  13. sleepinggardens reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  14. unrefinedmasterpiece reblogged this from sagethenate
  15. proud-to-be-native reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  16. maxkataetet reblogged this from bingwi
  17. sagethenate reblogged this from bingwi
  18. bingwi reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  19. veganshithead reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  20. masalaskywalker reblogged this from feministwerewolf
  21. schizophrenzy reblogged this from feministwerewolf
queer book club



In which a queer student of library science shares queer literary news, compiles LGBTQ booklists, and offers their thoughts about what they're reading (which is mostly YA).

If you'd like to write a guest post give me a metaphorical ring in the ask box!


Archive
About the blogger
Ask box
Guest post guidelines


Popular posts:
Diversifying Your Queer Reads
Queer Hogwarts House Reads
Queer Halloween Reads
Monthly Roundups


Tag cloud: