Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Banning History in Arizona

This month, Arizona public schools ordered a sudden end to longstanding, ethnic studies programs.  In Tucson, Mexican American History classes were interrupted midway, and books were hauled out before the students' eyes.

This would bother me under any circumstances, but many of the books are those I read and loved while doing character research for my novel, "Rape Girl".  I know, first-hand, that it's utterly mad that they've been pulled from the hands of students in this way.  The recorded passage, from "The House on Mango Street", was particularly moving to me the first time I read it.  I've always dealt with life's problems by writing poetry. 

To hear from the students directly affected by this madness, and to sign a petition demanding that the titles be released back to the school libraries, immediately, please visit change.org.

After that, click over to the following websites:  AICL and Banning History, to learn more and to find other ways in which you can help.  Let's make a difference.


  1. The city is Tucson, by the way, not Tucsan:-)

  2. Alina, I'm really glad you wrote about this. As someone who lives on the other side of the country it is easy for me to forget it's happening. I will definitely look into this!
    And your reading was wonderful...glad to be reminded of that book.

  3. Thank you Alina for writing about this and sharing the link to the petition.

  4. Thanks for visiting, and caring, Dana and Michelle!

  5. Signed the petition. Change.org and I are friends. ;} Besides, as an immigrant myself, this is definitely an issue that hits close to home.

  6. If that bothered you - you might find this particularly interesting...I was appalled. It's frightening how many people don't know, or don't want to know (or understand)the realities of our country's history, and, taken in context, how it affects us today.


  7. Oh, that's horrifying! So I guess they think the best way to handle past mistakes is to pretend they never happened? Ugh. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I'll be following the story.


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