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Opinion: What is the Tucson school district afraid of?
Nine-year-old Nicolas being checked by security as he entered a Tucson Unified School District board meeting on March 13.
March 30th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Opinion: What is the Tucson school district afraid of?

Editor’s Note: Roberto Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the Mexican-American studies department at the University of Arizona. He blogs at drcintli.blogspot.com.

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reported on this story for In America.  Her report is here.

By Roberto Rodriguez, Special to CNN

(CNN) – Look at the image above. For people who live outside of Tucson, Arizona, it evokes shock and even horror. For most of us here, it was but another day in Arizona.

On March 13, the day I took this photo, students from Tucson High School showed  up to the Tucson Unified School District board meeting, to once again air their support for the now dismantled Mexican-American studies department.


Bleeding hands of a 17-year-old student injured at the protest on May 3, 2011.

On May 3, 2011, I witnessed dozens of riot-equipped law enforcement officers treat Mexican-American studies supporters inside and outside of Tucson Unified School District headquarters as though they were potential terrorists. To get into the meeting, everyone had to pass through metal detectors. That evening, seven women, including two senior citizens, were arrested for attempting to speak before the school board.

All this happened because the week before, on April 26, nine students, tired of being given the run-around, chained themselves to the school board chairs in an effort to prevent the dismantling of the Mexican-American Studies department. All this was triggered by an unconstitutional 2010 state measure, HB 2281, which in effect, bans the teaching of ethnic studies.

In a state that is openly hostile to Mexicans, we are led to believe by the proponents of HB 2281 (who are the same proponents of the state’s anti-immigrant racial profiling measure, SB 1070), that it is they who are qualified to determine what constitutes unbiased history and that it is the Mexican-American studies department that promotes hate, segregation and plots the overthrow the U.S. government.

Only in Arizona could then state school superintendent, Tom Horne, claim in 2010 that his efforts to dismantle the Mexican-American studies department was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “I Have a Dream” speech. He is now the state attorney general, and on March 19, 2012, he asserted in court that the Mexican-American studies program is no different than what was taking place in [Nazi] Germany during World War II. He also alleged that Mexican-American studies is no different than if the KKK had created the program.

This is from the same man who characterizes maize knowledge – which forms the philosophical foundation of what is taught in Mexican-American studies – as un-American. Part of that foundation includes the teaching of the indigenous concepts of In Lak Ech (You are my other me) and Panche Be (to seek the root of the truth.)

Can there be anything more dehumanizing? We in Tucson do not dispute Horne’s contention that maize knowledge does not emanate from Greco-Roman culture. He is correct, however, there is nothing more American than maize and there is nothing wrong with teaching about the cultures that sprung forth as a result. Maize, incidentally, was created in Southern Mexico some 7,000 years ago and, has been in the U.S. Southwest for at least 6,000 years.

There are many other ugly images of Arizona, such as Lupita Garcia, an assistant superintendent in Tucson, telling the students who walked out in January in protest of the dismantling of Mexican-American studies in the Tucson Unified School District that, “this country is called America. O.K.? And they study U.S. history. If you were to go live in Mexico… you would study Mexican history.”

Nico Dominguez at a school board meeting being asked to take a seat.

Pay close attention to the image above. It is of Tucson High School student Nico Dominguez. After speaking at the school board meeting on February 14, 2012, he crouched next to his seat, rather than sit down. Two days later, he was yanked out of his classroom so that Tucson Unified School District security officers could show him the rule he violated that night. At the board meeting, he testified regarding the banning of the books associated with the Mexican-American studies curriculum. Books have been boxed, banned and stored in the district’s book depository, though the district denies it has banned any books.

That’s not even when the ugly images began. Last year, after the students took over the school board, a video was posted on You tube, inciting viewers to “shoot them in the head.” Typical of Arizona, the police determined that the video was but a joke. At the same time, I received three telephoned death threats at my university office.

These ugly images do not even include Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her finger at President Obama or Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s humiliating tactics and racial profiling raids, nor U.S. Border Patrol’s Operation Streamline, which sees some 70 shackled Mexican immigration detainees charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to private detention facilities – all within the span of one hour. Most offensive of all are the thousands of  bodies of migrants that continue to turn up all along the inhospitable border.

In Arizona, it is not the imagery that is offensive, but the reality that we live.

The opinions expressed are solely those of  Roberto Rodriguez.

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    April 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

    CNN stop siding with Arizona anti-Hispanics. Don't delete the comments of Hispanics defending their civil rights! Respect our opinions and our language!

    April 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Unit34Ahunter

    Isn't it a moral obligation to resist those who promote hatred against *anyone*?

    April 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      The jury will note that the respondant did not answer the question as to whether it is moral to oppose hatred directed against *anyone.*

      April 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Unit34Ahunter

    Reported for trolling.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Unit34Ahunter

    "Books have been boxed, banned and stored in the district’s book depository, though the district denies it has banned any books."

    Uh, no. That also is incorrect. Those books that were TUSD property were removed from the Raza Studies faculty classrooms and RETURNED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE LIBRARIES IN TUSD. They are still there. Any student can read them.

    You call yourself a "professor," Mr. Rodriguez, but apparently in the course of your education you never embraced any sense of the ethical merits and desirability of basic intellectual honesty. Using the word "ban" to describe books that even now are available on school library bookshelves is mendacious at best. At worst, it's a politically expedient lie.

    Politically expedient lies are the reason why the Raza Studies program was shut down.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Ah, no. My "name" clearly indicates that I hunt, per AZGFD regulations and with a proper license, in Hunt Management Unit 34A in Arizona. Hence "Unit34Ahunter." I think you need to start taking antipsychotic medications because your paranoia has led you to some stunningly absurd conclusions.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Reported for abuse. Come back when you can act like an adult. Adios.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, PhD

      The point isn't so much that the books were banned (there are photos of boxes with the markings: banned books") but that the department has been dismantled. Books/teaching materials that were part of the curriculum could not even be in the classroom after that, for fear that students might... read them? The issue is not whether they are available in school libraries. Its whether they can be taught in MAS classes.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        But what alternative did TUSD have? It was comply with state regs or lose something like $15M in funding. Will YOU replace that lost funding? And wasn't the issue that the Raza Studies department had some spillover results where non Raza Studies department faculty were receiving an elevated amount of ethnic hostility because they weren't latinos? There were complaints, and the complaints were symptomatic of a problem within the department. Or is it your contention that the complaints were all fabrication?

        April 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

        How about the choice to choose right over money? They could have gone to court, but they chose to stomp on the minority students. As to your complaint about non-Hispanics being targeted for "ethnic hostility", muerdete la lengua racista, don't you find it ironic that those you acuse of being hostile are the ones who get their culture erased from the curriculum? Who is the one being truly hostile here? Arizona anti-Hispanos.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        "Bite your tongue you racist"? Reported, again, for the insult. Here's a hint. Insulting someone in Spanish doesn't make it less insulting. Or is that part of your high moral ground/slanted history too?

        April 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

        Bite your tongue is a legitimate cultural expression. If you don't want to be called a racist, stop attacking minorities. Consider yourself equally reported for abuse.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Unit34Ahunter

    "has been in the U.S. Southwest for at least 6,000 years."

    Uh, that'd be wrong. About 4300 years by most accounts.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Any smart American would look at an archaeological text or a magazine like, for example and not too surprisingly, "Archaeology." The oldest maize in Arizona, which is the oldest in the USA, is AMS dated to about 2,200 B.C. (cal, intercept, on maize kernels, with a standard error of plusminus 40 years). I am not a member of a minuteman group, nor a racist.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

        Ayatollah's attack the ideas of freedom and democracy all the time. Is it OK for them to do so, just because democracy and freedom are just "ideas"? You are on the wrong side of right on this one. Cut the racist rethoric and leave Hispanics live in peace.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

        Once again, your characterization of Mexican American studies is obscene and ridiculous. Your misinformation and manipulation offends me. I guess under that new law being considered by Arizona, the one that makes it a crime to post anything "obnoxious" on communications media, you could be considered a criminal. Do you see where Arizona is going? Arizona is becoming a fascist and racist state. Change your wrong headed ways before it is too late. Are you going to side with anti-Hispanos, CNN, are you going to delete this comment, too? Does UNIT's gross mischaracterization of Mexican American studies qualify as the kind of message you validate and support by not deleting it and by deleting the comments in which Hispanos defend themselves against racism?

        April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      By the way. The oldest maize "ever" in the Americas comes from Peru, apparently.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Not irrelevent.

        April 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, PhD

      Google "Bat Cave New Mexico" for the age of corn in the Southwest.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        I thought that may be your concern. The Bat Cave maize samples were redated using AMS in the late 1980s (W.H. Wills, PhD, currently at UNM) and found to be substantially more recent than the original dates obtained by Emil Haury. The oldest maize in the Southwest now comes in fact from Tucson, at the wastewater treatment facility site. The oldest calibrated AMS dates from maize there are about 2200 B.C. Of course, that does not mean they are conceptually the oldest maize, only the oldest known maize so far.

        April 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

        Wondeful, maize, great. Ivory Tower Nerds, can we now address the real issue? Who gives Arizona politicos to ban Mexican American studies from the curriculum? A racist school board can do that and you support their decision based on your racial fear, Unit ? You are really advocating for the culture and contributions of Mexican Americans to be erased from the curriculum? You are of poor moral character if you really stand for this. Are you going to delete this comment, too, CNN?

        April 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Unit34Ahunter

    Eliminating Raza Studies at TUSD was a good beginning. The State Super should now eliminate it from the University of Arizona as well, and then move on to other school districts and universities in Arizona.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Which crimes would those be? Liberating the indiginous Tohono O'otam, Apache, Yumans, and Navajo from the attempted genocide of Native Americans by Spain and Mexico? Protesting the mistreatment of American blacks even when it cost me and my parents friends? When it cost some of my parents' friends their careers? Where is the widespread injustice against Chicanos? Is it in the equailty of voting rights? The central place that Mexican Americans have in Tucson business and politics? Is it in the long-standing representation of Southern Arizona by Raul Grijalva? The Mexican American county sherriffs? Their Mexican American deputies? The Mexican American representation (about 40%) in TPD or TFD?

      I don't think you have the slightest notion of what you are talking about. And that is the problem. MexAm studies as taught in TUSD is largely a process of fabricating falsehoods for the purpose of building ethnic solidarity around a core of resentment of other races and ethnicities. Raza Studies *copies Hitler's agenda.* Same old ethnic cleansing agenda proferred by a new self-serving group of politically expedient self-promoters.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Look at the advocate of ethnic cleansing invoking the name of MLK. Amazing.
      Carry on. You're a shining example of the cause you're representing.

      April 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS IN ARIZONA

      And then what? Eliminate African American studies? Foreign language instruction? Any class or program having to do with ethics and multiculturalism? And you call yourself an American?

      April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kyre

    My hands look worse after a day of gardening than those in that photo.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. durundal

    Heres a novel idea: Just teach world history. Its one thing to promote cultural pride and awareness, but nipping this in the bud before it gets taken to an extreme seems like a painfully obvious and important goal. To the extent that they believe separate course structure differentiates, I can appreciate that. All things considered however, the actual execution of anti culture will cause nothing but problems. Just teach the children to be more worldly so they can get a picture that is clearer than this silly American-centric flag waving nonsense they preach in school. Its bad enough we try to whitewash history to promote our image, and leave our population base slack jawed and drooling. Half the problems in our government right now are directly the result of a brain-dead populace that cant even comprehend matters of the economy, so they try to fingerpaint policies and go along with utter nonsense because it has a nifty soundbite

    April 4, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunt

      Have to agree with that completely.

      April 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moncada

    What America is experiencing is Karma times three.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Moncada

    Honestly and truly, America's History was formed by Mexican Americans, Polish Americans, African Americans, British Americans, etc.
    That is what makes this country so unique, America was formed by all people on this Earth.

    April 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyre

      And some made it great and some are turning it into a third world toilet, bankrupted and covered in filth they create.

      April 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. M Houston

    Sad...Arizona seems to spin further and further into paranoia.
    And the controversy over what/whether to teach, or not teach anything is bizarre.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Lon

      I guess dealing with filth and crime has made them rise up and begin the battle of stopping the pc death knell.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      It's clear you do not understand the issues. TUSD's Raza Studies program was basically a political machine designed to generate graduates who identified primarily with members of their own ethnicity, who were indoctrinated into a sense of victimhood, and also indoctrinated into a sense of ethnic supremacy and ethnic nationalism going so far as to have alot of material that openly called for murder of others because of their ethnicity. No one would support the use of taxpayer funds to promote a White Supremacist ideology merely because it might increase the test scores of poor southern whites; there's no need to protect such a program merely because it serves an ethnic minority.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        That is not what Raza Studies was teaching. Have you read *anything* by Acuno?

        April 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPREADING MISINFORMATION WILL NOT MAKE YOU SLEEP BETTER

        UNIT here represents the paranoia prevalent among snowbirds and minutemen radicals in Arizona. In some of his other posts he defends his attacks on Mexican Studies as legitimate "discourse," but the facts are clear, he is here to discredit Mexican American studies simply out of ignorance and paranoia over the increased importance our voice will have in the future of this nation. UNIT, like his ugly governor, gets a kick out of attacking minorities, specially our children. Who gives bigots like this the right to dictate what our children learn? Who gives these bigots the right to whitewash our culture because it is convenient or closer to his ideology, to his view of what a white/English Only America should be like. Minds like his will always justify, advocate, and enable discrimination against those of us who are too ethnic.

        April 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        What people are failing to see (or refusing to see) is that the curriculum is open to EVERYONE, not just Latino students. Why do parents raise their kids to be so close minded? You are only reifying and perpetuating yet another generation of ethnocentric adults. What is wrong with being culturally and socially aware? We are the only country that is so closed and hostile to learning other people's history in this country and yet, ironically, these same Americans boast that this is the nation of diversity!

        April 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Leila -

        The question is "why would anyone other than a latino enroll in all that" considering the general hostility the core curriculum engenders towards people who aren't latinos?

        April 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Just look, for example, at the other poster in this thread. Anyone who is not a member of her race is a "racist" or a "fascist" or a "bigot" if they disagree. Anyone who IS a latino who does not agree with her is a "race traitor." Think of where we have heard the words before - the US white supremacy cults, the 3rd Reich, Pol Pot, Rwanda, the Serbian ethnic cleansing movement. Why would ANYONE want to embrace that mindset?

        April 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Why wouldn't non-Latino kids take the course? It is interesting! Why go to college? Why travel abroad to learn a new language or study the culture? It is so you will be more educated!

        April 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunt

        Because, as one of the few non-latino students experienced, there was hostility directed at both teachers and students of other races from students and faculty in the La Raza studies program.

        Also, the point about education is to be educated in facts. The core curriculum of Raza Studies is mostly comprised of propaganda - half truths stretched to fit an ideology. Criticism, for example, of "Occupied America" falls heavily in the area of stretching the truth, making general rather than specific allegations against entire sectors of the US population based on skin color, and presenting some fairly repulsive ideologies as admirablby representative of the latino community.

        It's good to learn things that are true and it's good to evaluate claims about historical trends objectively. Raza Studies had a double-fail mark on that alone, never mind the hostility engendered against other ethnicities.

        And about that hostility. Consider again the "other" person commenting in this forum. Shrill, malevolent, hateful of any person not of her ethnicity. A fine argument to be made against Raza Studies is the fact that people like her support it.

        April 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • LEILA, DON'T BE DUPED BY THE ARIZONA RADICALS

        Leila, your comments and questions are legitimate and any open minded person would arrive at them if they did not come into this argument with prejudice. Like Santorum, UNIT is against education of women and minorities because he is afraid that the more educated we become the less power and influence his mob will have. People like UNIT can try to silence the voice of minorities and women through misinformation or through their perpetual labeling of minorities as angry and violent (to them we are just animals) and of women as service maids to men's desires, but the inherent immorality of their hateful ideologies will not stand up to scrutiny if the rest of us hold our ground against them.

        April 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • LEILA, DON'T BE DUPED BY THE ARIZONA RADICALS

        Also notice how UNIT automatically falls back to labeling "the other" as a villain who is "shrill, malevolent." He compares me, a member of a minority he can not understand because he has never tried to ventured out of his gaseous shroud of prejudice, to every villain in history except maybe Satan and Bin Laden. Does he actually stop to think about how Hispanics view this whole banning of Mexican-America studies ( and by Hispanics I am not referring to the longtime assimilated like Lupita Garcia or Ray Herrera who no longer identify themelseves with Hispanic culture and who feel it is necessary for them to prove their allegiance to other hatemongers by attacking and hurting Hispanics)? No. UNIT is incapable of acknowledging the value of Hispanic culture. To him, in order for a member of a minority to be tolerable, we must accept to let go of our heritage and become like him in all ways. If we are not like him, we become the other, the enemy, some caricature of a villain which allows him to be the hero of his delusional white only fantasy where Hispanics-Americans are not allowed to be Hispanic. He is too far gone into his toxic cloud of racism to understand we are just defendig our civil and human rights to pursue life, liberty and happyness in our country.

        April 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        I am just fortunate that my school district in California does not attack teachers for teaching Mexican-American studies. I do understand however, that some teachers can teach the content with prejudice and bias, thereby engendering a nationalistic agenda. That is wrong. Teachers must be held accountable for using the curriculum in a way that perpetuates hatred and animosity. That is the last thing teachers should ever do.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • ARIZONA IS BECOMING A SHAME TO THE REST OF AMERICA

        Leila- I agree with you. Teachers must be ethical. I praise California for having teachers and leaders who are open minded and respect the culture of minorities. However, don't you find it reprehensible that politicos in Arizona use racial rethoric to attack and ban Mexican American studies? They did not seek to improve the program. They did not go in with a positive agenda. They attacked and banned the program based on their racist paranoia. Let us not justify their shameful actions.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • OpinionFedUp

      School is a place to learn about many topics. One of which is world history. Arizona has another class in HS that goes over Arizona history. HISTORY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. People do. If Arizona uses state and federal money to support a Hispanic history/culture course, then who's to say Irish, African American, etc should not also have thier own course? Where is the line drawn?

      April 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        At Fed Up: The line has been drawn and it is a good one. We see that the effect has been that other states look to Arizona now for leadership in matters concerning resistence to dogmatic authorithy that asserts the privilege to use taxpayer money to call for ethnic cleansing. And we can see which sorts of vicious, hate-filled radicals will react when their actions are exposed to the light of day. With luck, we can stop those wingnuts before they turn to direct physical violence.

        April 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Ah. So, now the whole world hates Arizona eh?
        Oooookay.

        April 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • ARIZONA IS BECOMING A SHAME TO THE REST OF AMERICA

        Unit34Ahunter sounds like he is practicing his pep talk for the imaginary militias he will lead in his fantasy race war to defend all that is pure and white against all that is evil and Mexican. I'm trying real hard not to roll onto the floor in laughter at his typical paranoid loony Arizona ramblings. Sorry CNN censor, I know you like UNIT, but come on! "The line has been drawn and it is a good one. With luck we can stop those wingnuts before they resort to direct physical violence." This guy needs ahis antipsychotic antiparanoid schytzoid medication pronto! I don't want to denigrate or vilify him like he does minorities, Mexicans seem to be the ones he targets the most lately, but come on CNN. Are the angry Mexican mobs gathering as we speak to lynch all the white people in Arizona? Even you, CNN censor can see that this is typical fearmongering to get the mob riled up against Mexicans. You can see that, right CNN censor?

        April 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nick Naranja

    My wife is Cherokee and she had Cherokee studies in her school when she was young. Let's not forget that Arizona was once part of Mexico. In Florida, you take a Florida history class and you learn an awful lot about Spain, France, and the Confederacy.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. C-Flo

    Amazing how the people of Arizon forget what they did to the Native Amercians. Instead of 'appreciating' all of the sweat and tears from the laborers who helped build the towns, and infrastruture, let's once again abuse, and throw these people away like we did to the Indians who were here FIRST ANYWAY.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuart

      indeed, however that's the u.s in general, not JUST Arizona

      April 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Arizona has the largest populations of Native Americans of any state in the USA. None of them are Mexicans. None of them are Chicanos. None of them wish to be ruled by Mexico. All of them are fully represented in Arizona civic life.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        No one is pitting Native Americans against Mexican Americans. The point is that the widespread claim that somehow Arizona is legitimately "more Mexican than American" either legally or ancestrally is a false claim. I know many Navajo, Apache, and T.O. To the last one, *none* of them want to be a part of a Chicano empire of the sort imagined by Acuno or the racists in the U of A MexAm studies department. Why would they?

        April 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Oh. So I'm "unAmerican" because I don't support teaching the virtues of "ethnic cleansing" in public schools? OK, Senatro McCarthy, I'll take your opinion under advisesment. (FLUUSSSSHHHH!)

        April 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        I'm waiting for an example.

        April 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        Oh, so now the whole world despises Arizona, eh?
        Heh. No stereotyping, hatred or bigotry there.

        April 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • CNN DELETES THE POSTS OF HISPANICS DEFENDING THEMSELVES BUT THEY LEAVE THIS ON

        What is the use of defending ourselves against bigots like UNIT34Ahunter if CNN deletes our posts and leaves his attacks on Hispanics intact? Who are the people who censor us at CNN? You feel proud to give those you oppress minorities a voice only to bait us and then silence Hispanic voices? Disgusting CNN.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • OpinionFedUp

      Get a clue C-Flo. America and Arizona are melting pots. Created by many different events in world History. WHY do people seem to focus on one race or culture? Don't you think we focus alot on African Americans, Indians, and Latinos? What about the Irish? What about Mormons? What about , what about, what about? Rather than talk about one race how about people agree that the whole history program taught to the kids is under developed and is not kept up to date? That's the true problem. If one nationality/race chooses to focus on thier history let them teach it at thier church or through a cultural awareness group. KEEP it out of public funded school. The are cutting important programs like Art, PE, etc all over the US including Arizona.

      April 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leila

    Well, that would be fine EXCEPT that our world history texts are ashamedly superficial and do nothing but skim the surface and sugar-coat the truth!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. PureVT

    When I see classes in French American studies, Italian American studies, German American studies, Arab American studies, and so on. Then by all means lets have Mexican American classes. Until then, it should be covered in World history. In America you learn American history, in Spain you learn Spanish history. Get over it people.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      mmmm, spreading your bigotry again.. Have you told everyone that you are an Ivy League graduate with two masters degrees yet?

      April 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • MORE MISINFORMATION AND AVOIDING OF THE REAL ISSUE OF RACISM AGAINST HISPANICS

        What bigotry would that be, Kelly? You are the one attacking a member of a minority based on the fact he went to college. What are you? Santorum's lackey?

        April 5, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • OpinionFedUp

      What is a minority? Is it your race, your religion, your opinon that makes you a minority? Lets keep to the facts. Schools are underfunded whether you are white, muslim, or racist. Programs that are vital to educating children around the country are bieng cut due to the funding problems. If someone wants to raise awareness through cultural education they should host a club, a church gathering, or create a program that goes around the country promoting awareness. Cutting classes like Art, Music, PE hurt the kids. Cutting a class like Hispanic Cutlture is not hurting anyone in particular but those who wish to get a point across at a local level. Maybe they should work with the Education program to bring to light a subject they believe is missing from our History books? Better YET, raise money, and get some cultural diversity class added to the Arizona school system. One that goes over all different types of Americans.

      April 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Elias

    Raza Studies curriculum needs to be brought back IMMEDIATELY!!! Like the violence against Trayvon Martin, the Arizona Repulsive Republicans (who don't know anything about Chicano History, Chicano/Latino labor) do violence to these students and teachers, then try to blame them for it. The Raza STudies teachers truly love teaching, care about students and built a fantastic department – I attended three summer Transformative Education conferences they sponsored and know the teachers personally. Their scores and college transfer rates surpassed even the stats for white students. THAT is the real reason this program was singled out: it was SUCCESSFUL! The Republicans r simply "playing POLITICS" WITH KIDS' FUTURES, and they deserve to go straight to HELL for what they do. They are ingenuous, they outright lie, cheat and abuse power to get what they want. Some of them should be put in JAIL for their abuse of power. And GiJoe: how do you think "America" prospers without cheap labor and ingenuity??? Who built railroads, who picks your produce. Stop being such a simple-minded racist. It sickens me and intoxicates true dialogue.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • leila

      I agree...the Chicano Studies does need to be brought back. However, it should not be restored as a sense of justice to be compared to Trayvon; the two have NOTHING in common. It is about EDUCATION. It is about teaching ALL students, not only Mexicans about their history in AMERICA. What people fail to see is that this is not a curriculum of ethnocentrism; it is an AMERICAN story in which the voices of the Mexicans are told and in which the experiences of Mexicans living in America are told from THEIR point of view. It enables Mexicans to know their PLACE and viability in American society. So let's not look at it as an 'us against them' curriculum. Perhaps there were teachers who taught it with a bias. I don't know. But it should be an educational curriculum wherein ALL students learn.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      If you want to know about chicano studies learn it on your own. The anti American version does not belong in schools.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Who says it's anti-American? Have you seen it?? Have you ever bothered to open your mind to reading anything outside the scope of your own narrowly constructed history? Don't throw the accusation around of anti-American when you have never read any of the literature, Ted. What a backward 'culture' of America we live in. No other country is as narrow-minded as ours! No wonder Europeans are so far ahead of us.

        April 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      No thanks. Not only does it NOT need to be brought back, it also needs to be eliminated in other school districts and in Arizona's publically funded community colleges and universities. If you so love racist indoctrination that is ok, but pay for it yourself. Don't use my tax money for the ugly deed.

      April 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        How is advocating the extermination of "all gr1ng0 males over the age of 16" not a form of "indoctrination?" And how can you DEFEND that sort of advocacy?

        In what way does that promote mutual tolerance and understanding. "Respect your neighbors and then kill them all?"

        From what planet/century did you crawl?

        April 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • CNN DELETES THE POSTS OF HISPANICS DEFENDING THEMSELVES BUT THEY LEAVE THIS ON

        Fascista! Shame on you CNN.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. PEOPLE WAKE UP AND VOTE

    Keep writing Roberto Rodriguez. Keep fighting Tucson USD students. Get into college. Get your degrees. Keep fighting for change. We are with you! We will vote out of office those who attack our children and seek to oppress us. Keep writing Roberto Rodriquez. Keep fighting to overcome! We are with you!

    April 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Melissa

    America has become the largest melting pot, and I believe thats a great thing. I believe everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There are always going to be people, whether from the US or another country who will do harm. But, it is really fair to justify steryotypes because of one persons actions. Dont get me wrong, most countrys already do, but is it not up to us to be better than those who do. im of hispanic backround, I was fourtunate to be born in the US. There are some illegal immagrants who bring trouble to our country, but its the same all over the world. That doesnt mean that there should be laws against those certain groups, laws are meant to protect the general public, from everyone, not just certain groups.

    April 1, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ANOTHER LUPITA GARCIA? SHAME ON YOU.

      Our duty as Americans is to defend the rights of the people. Why do you favor those who oppress minorities? This is specially disgusting since you are Hispanic yourself. Are you another Lupita Garcia? Are you another token Hispanic in the ranks of Janet Brewer's Minutemen? Shame on you. Courage and strength Tucson USD students! You will overcome! We are with you!

      April 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • ANOTHER LUPITA GARCIA? SHAME ON YOU.

        Are you another Ray Herrera? A racist minuteman promoting violence against Hispanics.

        April 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hose b

        Are you a vile javalina?

        April 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Leila

    I'm afraid I was typing so fast, I made a couple of syntax errors! Just have to point that out, because I notice that when a blogger vehemently disagrees with you, they quickly point out your typos! Just so you know.....I saw the mistakes.

    March 31, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  21. Gijoe

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    March 31, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      I also live in the southeast Denver area, and can see the negative impact illegals have made. They are constantly trolling the alleys by day and slither back at night to burglarize. I have a neighbor who blocked the alley entrance by standing there, telling them to leave she was so sick of them. Nothing but trash.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • PRAISE FOR THE BORDER PATROL

      How is she racist for wanting to live in a safe neighborhood? It seems anyone that has different views than you, you call them racist, bigots, rednecks.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        See where whe calls Mexicans trash? Thats hate speech against Mexicans aka racism.

        April 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pro American

        Peter, when someone trashes a neighborhood, they are,in effect, trash themselves. Stop whining.

        April 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Gijoe

    Chip and deport

    March 31, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Alica

      The hypocrite is you and those who think it is ok to come into someone's home and steal (and rape and murder). Condoning criminal illegal behaviour because of ethnicity is racism, and you know it. That's why you are here, foaming at the mouth, spewing our anti American/white vitriol. No surprise here.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nola Chandler

    After Zimmerman lost sight of Martin and Martin told the girlfriend that he had lost Zimmerman, wasn't Zimmerman returning to his truck when Martin stepped out and confronted him? The girlfriend stated that she heard Martin asked Zimmerman why was he following him, and Zimmerman responded and asked Martin why was he there?

    March 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      What has any of that to do with TUSD?

      April 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |