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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/education/racial-lens-used-to-cull-curriculum-in-arizona.html?_r=1

TUCSON - Ana Verdugo is a fan of Matt de la Peña's young adult novels; she read his "Mexican WhiteBoy" in two days.
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Ana Verdugo, a junior at Tucson High, helped raise $1,000 to bring Matt de la Peña, right, to speak at her school.

Ana is a Mexican-American whose family does not have much, is being raised by her mother and has a father who spent time in jail.

Like Sofia, the lead female character, Ana, a high school junior, is hoping to go to community college, where she wants to study accounting. "Most books I read, I don't know the people," Ana said. "This book is the truth."

Last fall, she had the idea of inviting Mr. de la Peña to Tucson High. "I didn't think he'd say yes," she recalled, "but maybe he would."

For the next several months, Ana and the school librarian, Amy Rusk, worked to raise $1,000 for his speaking fee. It was not easy - their most successful bake sale netted only $124.

Still, on Tuesday morning at 8:30, Mr. de la Peña walked into the Tucson High library, although there was a surprising plot twist.

On Jan. 1, after a new state law targeting Mexican-American studies courses that are perceived as antiwhite was upheld, it became illegal to teach "Mexican WhiteBoy" in Tucson's classrooms. State officials cited the book as containing "critical race theory," a violation under a provision that prohibits lessons "promoting racial resentment."

For those who have read the book, like Ana, it is hard to figure. In "Mexican WhiteBoy," the hero's hope is to become a pitcher on his school's baseball team.

The novel's story is pretty much the American dream.

Andrew LeFevre, a state spokesman, said that while the Education Department had found the Mexican-American studies program out of compliance with the law, it was the Tucson district's job to decide how to enforce the ruling. "I think the district said: 'Let's be safe and collect this material. We don't want a teacher from Mexican-American studies to use it in an inappropriate fashion.' " he said.

The conflict dates to 2006 when Dolores Huerta, a labor activist, gave a speech at Tucson High, telling students "Republicans hate Latinos."

Tom Horne, the state education superintendent at the time and a Republican, sent his deputy to the high school to convey their concerns. But students saw the visit as an attack on free speech, and 200 walked out in protest.

Ka-boom. Mr. Horne accused the district's Mexican-American studies program of using an antiwhite curriculum to foster social activism. At the time, the program served 1,400 of 53,000 students in the Tucson district, which is 60 percent Latino.

In 2010, after several attempts, the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor passed a law prohibiting classes that advocate overthrowing the government, are designed for students of one ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals. The state wanted Tucson's Mexican-American studies program disbanded.

When Tucson officials resisted, the attorney general's office issued subpoenas. Investigators obtained textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, teachers' college theses, exam prompts, poems and lyrics from hip-hop songs.

Class lessons were singled out over apparent political bias, among them "From Cortes to Bush: 500 Years of Internalized Oppression." Seven texts were ordered removed from all classrooms, including "Chicano! The History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement" by F. Arturo Rosales and "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire.
 

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Cliché Guevara said:
In 2010, after several attempts, the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor passed a law prohibiting classes that advocate overthrowing the government, are designed for students of one ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.
What bastards  :oblivious:
 

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Cliché Guevara said:
Not sure what that means.
I really apologize, lol. People see a slightly obscure image and focus on it rather than the article.

Anyway I'm not shocked at all this happened in Arizona. The statesmen there have been on Latinos like no other. This is just stupid though, no one should be discouraged from reading especially when the subject matter is so relatable to their culture.
 

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It's especially pertinent after the last three topics on race; where even mentioning the struggles of people of colour can be seen as 'racist', incendiary or as the article said “promoting racial resentment.”

How can a people's history be charged with “promoting racial resentment"?
 
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