Monday, January 30, 2012

Banned at Tucson Schools: Cesar Chavez, Sherman Alexie, Ofelia Zepeda

Cesar Chavez
UPDATED
TUSD BANNED BOOKS LIST
By Roberto Rodriguez
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Also see: Sherman Alexie: Banned books are sacred documents now:
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/01/sherman-alexie-banned-books-are-sacred.html


In checking to see how many books of mine have been banned, I stumbled upon more than I bargained for.

At the moment, here is what is banned by TUSD and the state:

Justice: A Question of Race.

The X in La Raza

Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human

and

Cantos al Sexto Sol... this was co-edited by Patrisia Gonzales, Cecilio Camarillo, and me, Roberto Rodriguez.

But wait...

Cantos al Sexto Sol, akin to Rethinking Columbus, with the top native writers in the country, is a collection of some of the biggest names in Chicano/Chicana literature. It contains a who's who of Raza/Indigenous writers and literature.

Cantos is a book on origins/migrations.

But I also found that Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan -- a documentary also on origins and migrations -- by myself and Patrisia Gonzales -- is part of the MAS curriculum, thus banned.

And again, just the tip of the curriculum.

What is actually being banned is not 7 or 50 books, but hundreds of books and videos, etc.

But the story gets even bigger.

The MAS teachers have been issued directives on how to teach... and what they can teach... literally, the directives are right out of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.

The story here --as the architect of HB 2281 (Tom Horne) has long stated -- is that this is a civilizational war. The objective is to deny Mexican/Chicano/a peoples - the right to their Indigeneity... because it is not derived from Greco-Roman culture and according to Horne, lies outside of Western Civilization. Ironically, Mexican Indigenous culture can be taught through the native curriculum, but not through Mexican American Studies.

TUSD and the State: see you at the UN and the OAS. What is being violated by TUSD and HB 2281 is the right to culture, history, identity, language and education (CHILE). All of this is protected by at least 9 international treaties.

They want our souls... but akin to the line in La Otra Conquista -- they can never have them... and besides... they know not where to look.

Btw... Amoxtli X - The X Codex -- which explains In Lak Ech - Panche Be and Hunab Ku -- got under the radar, thus not banned (I hope).

I can be reached at: XColumn@gmail.com

Patrisia Gonzales can be reached at: patzin@gmail.com


Thanks & Sincerely
Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
PO BOX 3812
Tucson, AZ 85722
520-626-0824

COLUMN: http://drcintli.blogspot.com/


Cintli don't tweet, text, facebook and is not linked... neither do I own a TV... but you can still email or call me.


TUSD BANNED BOOKS LIST(s)

O'odham professor
Ofelia Zepeda
The lists of banned books comes from the Cambium report, which was gathered from MAS-TUSD. Searn Arce, director of MAS-TUSD affirms that all the books on the lists below have been banned.
In this format, they were compiled (the firt ones) by Manuel Hernandez at U of A, and the next part, by librarian and scholar, Debbie Reese. The story in Tucson is much bigger than banned books. This week, two more huge shoes will drop, as early as Tuesday... Stay tuned

These are the Arizonan Chican@ authors suppressed in TUSD:  Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006) by F. A. Rosales, Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998) by R. Rodríguez, The X in La Raza II (1996) by R. Rodríguez, Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte,  Mexican American Literature (1990) by C. M. Tatum,  and New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993) by C. M. Tatum.

Other suppressed authors are: Gloria Anzaldúa, César Chávez, Rodolfo Acuña, Tomás Rivera, Luis Valdez, and, believe it or not, many others. 

Ironically, all banned authors from Mexican American Studies in TUSD write in English. Many have national and international prizes.

Please find below the list of books prohibited for students in MAS, an academically advanced program that successfully channeled 85% of its high school participants into college or the university:

Debbie Reese has compiled this list from the May 2, 2011 Cambium Report.

High School Course Texts and Reading Lists Table 20: American Government/Social Justice Education Project 1, 2 - Texts and Reading Lists
    Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998) by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
    The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (1998) by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
    Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (2001) by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
    Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2000) by P. Freire
    United States Government: Democracy in Action (2007) by R. C. Remy
    Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006) by F. A. Rosales
    Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1990) by H. Zinn

Table 21: American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 - Texts and Reading Lists
    Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004) by R. Acuña
    The Anaya Reader (1995) by R. Anaya
    The American Vision (2008) by J. Appleby et el.
    Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998) by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
    Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992) by J. A. Burciaga
    Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings (1997) by R.  Gonzales
    De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998) by E. S. Martínez
    500 Años Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990) by E. S. Martínez
    Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998) by R. Rodríguez
    The X in La Raza II (1996) by R. Rodríguez
    Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006) by F. A. Rosales
    A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003) by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 7, 8
    Ten Little Indians (2004) by S. Alexie
    The Fire Next Time (1990) by J. Baldwin
    Loverboys (2008) by A. Castillo
    Women Hollering Creek (1992) by S. Cisneros
    Mexican White Boy (2008) by M. de la Pena
    Drown (1997) by J. Díaz
    Woodcuts of Women (2000) by D. Gilb
    At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965) by E. Guevara
    Color Lines: "Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?" (2003) by E. Martínez
    Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998) by R. Montoya et al.
    Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte
Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997) by M. Ruiz
    The Tempest (1994) by W. Shakespeare
    A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993) by R. Takaki
    The Devil's Highway (2004) by L. A. Urrea
    Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999) by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach
    Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997) by J. Yolen
    Voices of a People's History of the United States (2004) by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 5, 6
    Live from Death Row (1996) by J. Abu-Jamal
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994) by S. Alexie
    Zorro (2005) by I. Allende
    Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999) by G. Anzaldua
    A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca
    C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca
    Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001) by J. S. Baca
    Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990) by J. S. Baca
    Black Mesa Poems (1989) by J. S. Baca
    Martin & Mediations on the South Valley (1987) by J. S. Baca
    The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools (1995) by D. C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle
    Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992) by J. A Burciaga
    Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (2005) by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
    Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995) by L. Carlson & O. Hijuelos
    So Far From God (1993) by A. Castillo
    Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985) by C. E. Chávez
    Women Hollering Creek (1992) by S. Cisneros
    House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros
    Drown (1997) by J. Díaz
    Suffer Smoke (2001) by E. Diaz Bjorkquist
    Zapata's Discipline: Essays (1998) by M. Espada
    Like Water for Chocolate (1995) by L. Esquievel
    When Living was a Labor Camp (2000) by D. García
    La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia
    Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (2003) by C. García-Camarilo et al.
    The Magic of Blood (1994) by D. Gilb
    Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (2001) by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales
    Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to "No Child Left Behind" (2004) by Goodman et al.
    Feminism is for Everybody (2000) by b hooks
    The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999) by F. Jiménez
    Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (1991) by J. Kozol
    Zigzagger (2003) by M. Muñoz
    Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993) by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero
    ...y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995) by T. Rivera
    Always Running - La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005) by L. Rodriguez
    Justice: A Question of Race (1997) by R. Rodríguez
    The X in La Raza II (1996) by R. Rodríguez
    Crisis in American Institutions (2006) by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie
    Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986) by T. Sheridan
    Curandera (1993) by Carmen Tafolla
    Mexican American Literature (1990) by C. M. Tatum
    New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993) by C. M. Tatum
    Civil Disobedience (1993) by H. D. Thoreau
    By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996) by L. A. Urrea
    Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (2002) by L. A. Urrea
    Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992) by L. Valdez
    Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995) by O. Zepeda

UPDATE, Monday, January 16, 2012
The list above is not complete. As I learn of other titles that have been boxed, I will add them to the list.
    Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
    Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin by Rodolfo Gonzales
    Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
    The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Thanks & Sincerely
Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
PO BOX 3812
Tucson, AZ 85722
520-626-0824
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Cintli don't tweet, text, facebook and is not linked... neither do I own a TV... but you can still email or call me.

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