Banning books

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    The linked article discusses the banning of books taught in the Latino studies program in the Tuscon public schools. This is supposed to reduce biased, political and emotionally charged teaching. The banned texts include The Tempest by Shakespeare.

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1007105
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    maybe they only want to teach history from the perspective of european english speakers.
    arizona's ban on ethnic studies proscribes mexican-american history, local authors, even shakespeare

    …“the only other time a book of mine was banned was in 1986, when the apartheid government in south africa banned ‘strangers in their own country,’ a curriculum i’d written that included a speech by then-imprisoned nelson mandela,” said bigelow, who serves as curriculum editor of rethinking schools magazine, and co-directs the online zinn education project. ”we know what the south african regime was afraid of. what is the tucson school district afraid of?”…

    who’s afraid of “the tempest”? - salon.com
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    Which, of course, is the real history-without-a-modifier that's unbiased, apolitical and involves no emotion whatsoever.

    In the long run, I think they're shooting themselves in the foot.

    The dissonance between the dominant culture's story and the stories of the people who got dominated is not limited to English speaking Europeans vs everyone else. I live in the Southwest and the history of the Latino and Native people here is a bucket o' worms, lemme tell ya. Add in the Anglos and you get a bit of an idea of just what the Tuscon school district is afraid of.
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    I have a good friend who is Yaqui. Just the history of those people being evicted by the government of Mexico to Arizona and California is complicated. The Yaqui people had been traders traveling most of North America before Spanyards came in the early 1500's.
    She, like her Dad is a UCLA graduate. He taught high school history on the reservation and in Pasadena, CA.
    A Short History of the Yaqui Indians* by Edith te Wechel

    This is only about one unique culture. Can of worms is right.
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    Something is very, very wrong.

    If they don't want The Tempest, then I bet they'd really really be unhappy about this book, even though it has practically zero to do with Arizona:
    Amazon.com: El reverso de la conquista (Culturas Basicas Del Mundo) (Spanish Edition) (9789682700446): Miguel Leon Portilla: Books

    It's on my Amazon wish list. From the description, it is a compilation of indigenous accounts, translated from the native language(s) into Spanish of the Spaniards' arrival in Mexico. Back when it was available through the publisher and not secondhand as it is now, I took a peek inside as Amazon sometimes allows, and the account was pretty interesting.
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