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Tucson schools seizes Native and Chicano books from classrooms
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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Tucson schools seizes Native and Chicano books from classrooms
Posted by Brenda Norrell
January 17, 2012


TUCSON -- High school students from the now-forbidden Mexican American Studies classes in Tucson spoke out during Martin Luther King Day here, protesting the school board and state of Arizona's decision to ban their classes and their culture.

Describing the seizure of books from his classrooms, one student said it was an attempt to "take away our power."

"Knowledge is power," he said, describing how education and knowledge form beliefs and, "who we are." He said school officials entered his classroom and removed all the books.

Another student described how ethnic groups other than Latinos at Tucson schools can still discuss their cultures, while Mexican American culture discussions are now forbidden. Further, she says her teachers are now "under a microscope" and issues like feminism, oppression and Martin Luther King are forbidden topics.

Students, describing the trauma, said it was as if they were in Nazi Germany.

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