Racism in Arizona

From the March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters:

World in View

by Gerry Emmett

Racism in Arizona

Arizona’s effort to ban ethnic studies continues with attacks on Tucson’s Mexican American studies program. The Right proposes to ban works ranging from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek. Some of the books banned from ethnic studies courses will be allowed for use in other, college track courses. As educator Jorge Mariscal asked, “Could it be that the attack is less about ethnic studies and more about denying the right to education to the coming Latino majority and the Black commu­nity that is considered equally disposable?”

At the same time, falsified history runs wild on the Outdoor Channel’s “Border Battles” program. It presented a whitewashed image of American Border Patrol’s Glenn Spencer “risking his life” to “stand senti­nel” at the border. In reality he is a racist, anti-Semite, and associate of Shawna Forde, who was convicted of multiple racist murders. Thus the Right attempts to recreate the world in its image. No wonder they want to deny education to our youth.

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