Tucson School Board: Don't lock up knowledge, return books to students now!

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Theresa DeVries
9 years ago
Education in key,education is important.

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Anthony DiSilvestre
9 years ago
This quite blatantly defies the freedom of speech that those authors have. For schools to ban books for their information is effectively truncating their educational experience.

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Ravi Koli
9 years ago
In this petition.. knowledge is locking up by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD)...i'm not the citizen of the united states but i'm urging like other humans that please support their fight against boxing off knowledge and sign the petition demanding the immediate return of these books.

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Gil Kempenich
9 years ago
You, the school board of Tucson, are responsible for the deplorable state of education in your area. Another blatant misuse of power. Banning books? Compare yourselves to Mao!!

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Ron Bishop
9 years ago
I'm a college professor, and I'm teaching a class on censorship in its many forms.

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Linda Satre
9 years ago
Fear has created small minds in Tucson.

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Karen Williams
9 years ago
TUSD, you have seen the enemy and it is you, to paraphrase Pogo. That you are unable to see the confiscation of those books as telling ALL students that they cannot be counted on to think critically is sad. That others can see the demeaning condescendintion but you can't, worries me. Hopefully the TUSD will come back to logic and return the cirriculum and books to the schools.

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Albert Milo
9 years ago
I took Chicano Studies classes when I was an undergrad at Stanford Univ. Up until then I was unaware of the contributions of Mexican Americans to our nation's history and literature. No one preached hatred and conspiracy. On the contrary, emphasis was on inclusion and respect for all cultures.

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Dana Ward
9 years ago
To fully appreciate the depth of prejudice and bigotry and how we as humanity are affected by our own crimes against ourselves and let us not forget that prejudice and bigotry are crimes against humanity as a whole, whether perpetrated against or received as the victim, it affects us all now and forever. We must understand the scope of these two words and then how they transform into murder, because that is what Genocide is, when humanity kills itself in paranoid delusion.
It seems that even as children we have been somehow programed to see other people as somehow less human than we ourselves and by that ideology we treat them or mistreat them according to our perceived “natural social order or norms” that holds us together as a civilized world. There are no others. We all are humans, there are no lesser humans. As if by some chance there are some who are more savage than the rest, we all are the same animal, savage as the next.
When we contribute to prejudice and bigotry we give to people these things in which we fear of our own selves. We are responsible for the stereotypes that we use upon those that we stereotype! Not those who have been stereotyped, but the ones doing it. No wonder we each fear the other of the thoughts in which are thought! We fear our own humanity so much; we project it onto other humanity, as if we’ll not become burdened in dealing with it. We must face our realities for what they are. We have been institutionalized since we were born, to behave and socialize a certain way, depending on the area we are living in, our society raises us as bigots with prejudices and learned societal hatred that had no basis in truth or in action; we must needs be free of that chaos. We develop laws to justify the prejudices in our customs, culture and societies and live as if this is the gospel truth and in turn the reward is bigotry, war, genocide, and so on. Some of the categories of social differences & hierarchy are race, religion, sexuality, age, gender, ethnicity, class and disability and with these come power inequality. All of us share certain interests that are in relation to our genders, and in regards to that, I as a mother would like to think that such things as Prejudice, Bigotry and Genocide would be something that I would not have as my country’s past history. But it is. I would like to think that my foremothers would have been better human beings than to have perpetrated genocide upon another mother, but I have been wrong. Prejudice and bigotry taints my American past and as an American I am ashamed. Give the children their BOOKS, and look in the mirror and be ashamed at your actions! Are you so afraid of our history that you would do anything to keep any light from being shed on it? Ignorance is not bliss you know.

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Sylvia Islas
9 years ago
Because books like "Zoot Suit," "Like Water for Chocolate," and "House on Mango," made me feel as others where interested in my story and I was not invisible. They also thought me to question where I was and whether I was stuck there, so I could dream big.