These books are important to the history and literary canon of all students no matter their ethnicity. Authors include: Sandra Cisneros and Sherman Alexie and many more. They provide alternate viewpoints and impart lessons on love and compassion and strength to any young reader. The children do not have a vote. Please take a moment and sign the petition for all of us who love books and literature and history. If a book changed your life take a moment and send the Tucson Arizona School Board a message that this action will not be tolerated nor will their cultural insensitivity.
This portion was excerpted from the article: PRI
"Tucson's school district was told that its Mexican-American Studies program violated an Arizona law barring ethnic studies, but they were never told how, or why. Now teachers say the school district is implementing draconian actions to try and stay in compliance with a law no one understands.
The Tucson Unified School District voted last week to end its Mexican-American Studies program to comply with an Arizona state law banning ethnic studies.
The administration released a list of seven books teachers would have to remove from their curriculum including "Critical Race Theory" and "Rethinking Columbus: The next 500 Years." Teachers are also being advised to avoid books that address themes of race, ethnicity, and oppression, ....."
Angie Trudell Vasquez
Poet and Writer