Let’s have some fun today. Shall we? Why not.
Guess what, Mexican American Studies is still outlawed in the state of Arizona. Yep. It’s illegal to teach Mexican American history to students.
Neither my public nor my private library had a copy of 500 Anos del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures so I put in a request for the book for the public library. So far it has not appeared in their catalog. I got tired of waiting for it to come to their shelves so I bought a copy online via AbeBooks.com.
I like my new libro a lot.
The book has heart.
Incredible black and white photographs.
It’s one of 84 books feared by the Tucson Unified School Board.
Makes me like it more.
Oh, I’m not Mexican.
I don’t live in Tucson, AZ.
I don’t like some people telling other people what they can and cannot read.
I don’t like mind control.
It’s your mind.
Feed it well.
Links for all interested parties:
“The Battleground for America’s Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books In Arizona” complied by Elaine
Librotraficante http://www.librotraficante.com/ Bringing books to every state. You can get a Viral Banned Book Kit via this link. 🙂 Sharing books is such fun.
If you are a student in Arizona you can get a free copy of the book here http://chicanohistory.org/letters-from-arizona-students/
An interesting video recently posted on the tubes of you. It’s not sleek and slick, but I think it does the trick. I was looking for ‘now’ and this came up. “Independent in their way of thinking” prompted me to post it.