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@MALDEF disappoints Latino students in Tucson while compromising with White Supremacy – @ThreeSonorans

Why hasn’t MALDEF appealed to the Ninth Circuit? That’s where SES is now. Why does MALDEF keep negotiating with the perpetuators of this racism? Why is MALDEF even compromising with White Supremacy? If that term is too harsh for you, then tough, because that is what you call it when TUSD allows European History to […]

Arizona Update: HB2281 and beyond – four documents | mexmigration: History and Politics of Mexican Immigration

Arizona Update: HB2281 and beyond – four documents | mexmigration: History and Politics of Mexican Immigration.

PBS – Puro Bull Shit

Rudy Acuña hits the mark again… PBS, Homogeneous Latinas/os, The Academy Awards, The Kochs By Rodolfo F. Acuña When I was a kid – many years ago – Mexicans rarely played Mexicans in the movies. Anyone with black hair and a phony accent could do the job – actors were generally white – some good […]

Targeted Mexican American Studies Teachers in Tucson Set Up Defense Fund « SpeakEasy

Targeted Mexican American Studies Teachers in Tucson Set Up Defense Fund « SpeakEasy. First they came for their nationally acclaimed Mexican American Studies courses. Then they came for their books and confiscated them from the classrooms. Next they came for their jobs. As the latest episode in the witch hunt of the outlawed Mexican American […]

Sisyphus, Chicano Style » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Sisyphus, Chicano Style » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. by RODOLFO ACUÑA When asked what I have learned from writing about Arizona and what is going to happen in the future, I feel like the legendary king of Corinth immortalized by Albert Camus’ essay “The Myth of Sisyphus.” You remember the guy who […]

Demonizing Mexican-American Studies

Link: Demonizing Mexican-American Studies I pick up the phone at my office at the University of Arizona and learn that I have three recorded messages waiting for me. The first one begins with the caller claiming to be half White and half Native American, addressing me as an “(expletive) Mexican” and a “Raza (expletive).” This […]

TUSD suspension of MAS (update)

Below: report on the Tuesday, May 8, press conference by the Civil Rights Center and the community forum on TUSD suspension of MAS held by the two lawyers from the Department of Justice.   Targeting and Suspension of TUSD´s Mexican American Studies Program: The Department of Justice Accepts Two Civil Rights Discrimination Complaints and Steps […]


IF GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MY FATHER, WHY WASN’T HE CHICANO? Presented at the Forum on the Elimination of Mexican American Studies and Banning of Chicano Books in the Tucson Unified School District,  Western New Mexico University, February 21, 2012. By Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Scholar in Residence, Department of Chicana/Chicano and Hemispheric Studies, Western New Mexico […]

Confronting Race and Ethnicity

Confronting Race and Ethnicity

Enlightenment in Europe. Notions of race, predicated on a matrix of ancestry, ethnicity,
religion, and cultural practices, reveal how deep-seated racial prejudice is. The Jefferson
ideal of equality falls short in American discussions of race. Despite the ideal, Jeffersonian
himself believed that the differences between the races were “fixed in nature” and
therefore the equality set out in the Declaration of Independence did not apply to all.

At the core of American racial studies one finds the American School of Anthropology and
its theory of polygeny—that a hierarchy of human races had separate creations. Like the
Nazi school of human differences, the American anthropologist Samuel Morton developed
a scheme of racial differences based on cranial capacity to prove his theory that “Caucasian
and Mongolian races had the highest cranial capacity and therefore the highest levels of
intelligence, while Africans had the lowest cranial capacity and thus the lower levels of
intelligence” (Ibid.).

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Banned Authors Respond

Banned Authors Respond

“Let’s get one thing out of the way: Mexican immigration is an oxymoron. Mexicans are indigenous. So, in a strange way, I’m pleased that the racist folks of Arizona have officially declared, in banning me alongside Urrea, Baca, and Castillo, that their anti-immigration laws are also anti-Indian. I’m also strangely pleased that the folks of Arizona have officially announced their fear of an educated underclass. You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world. In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now.”