Censorship, Arizona Style

1/17/2012 updated 1/30/2012 —
Update! See Joint Statement Below

Former Arizona State Senator, and now Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, has accomplished what few others can claim – censorship of books by the truckload. He is primarily responsible for a bill enacted in 2010 that prohibits public schools from teaching anything that promotes racial or ethnic “resentment,” or that is designed “primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or advocates “ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” Having pushed the bill through the legislature, he’s now in charge of enforcing it.

As a result, the Tucson school district is being forced to dismantle its Mexican-American Studies program, throwing the district’s educational program into chaos. Books are being packed up and removed from classrooms, disrupting classes in the middle of the school year. Just a small sampling of what is going into cold storage: Howard Zinn's A Peop... This excerpt was syndicated via the Free Expression Network. Read the rest at Feminists for Free Expression.