Saturday, 21 January 2012

First they came for Shakespeare

While participating in national elections is important, it's critical that you don't lose focus of the crap that's happening at the local level.

Exhibit A:

William Shakespeare's The Tempest is among a list of banned books in the state of Arizona by a resolution aimed at curbing resentment, government overthrow and ethnic distinction and separation in any district or charter school's curriculum.
The Tuscon Unifed School District has announced they will end their 13-year Mexican American Studies Program after found in violation of the June resolution that bans the books during a court appeal this past December.

I'm listening to an interview on Democracy Now! with John Huppenthal, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, who is basically arguing that the rationale for banning ethnic studies is to stop the Balkanization of the United States. The only way to end conflict is to ignore conflict. 


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