Arizona, please tell me you’re joking!

Tucson, what is that I don’t even.

Outrage was the response on Saturday to the news that Tucson schools banned books by the nation’s award winning Chicano, Latino and Native American authors.

What the? Do you need to have an Anglo surname and pale face to have your books allowed in the school system now?

But wait, it’s not just Tucson:

The decision to ban books follows the 4 to 1 vote on Tuesday by the Tucson Unified School District board to surrender to the State of Arizona, and forbid Mexican American Studies, rather than fight the state’s threat to extract millions of education dollars from Tucson schools if it continues ethnic studies.

The state of Arizona is threatening to pull education funds from school districts that continue ethnic studies? Why is it that I am appalled and yet no longer surprised?

This is cited from a Salon article by Jeff Biggers:

Other banned books include “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by famed Brazilian educator Paolo Freire and “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos” by Rodolfo Acuña, two books often singled out by Arizona state superintendent of public instruction John Huppenthal, who campaigned in 2010 on the promise to “stop la raza.” Huppenthal, who once lectured state educators that he based his own school principles for children on corporate management schemes of the Fortune 500, compared Mexican-American studies to Hitler Jugend indoctrination last fall.

When you have elected as your state superintendent a guy who loses the argument via Godwin’s Law, Arizona, something has gone seriously wrong in your state’s cultural discourse.


Another Instant Classic from Arizona!

Perhaps I shouldn’t treat all Arizona elected officials like they’re conspiring to behave like the United Assholes of the Southwest, but, really, the state just keeps it coming.

“I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past,”

says the mayor of Yuma, regarding gays and lesbians in the military.
I have relatives who live in Yuma. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish they’d move to New Mexico.

Culture of Life: Killing Women

Via PZ Myers, a nun in Phoenix has been excommunicated for approving an abortion for a woman suffering severe pulmonary hypertension:

“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” [Bishop] Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.”An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”

There’s a cute little rhetorical trick in there. “An unborn child is not a disease,” coming from a celibate man who is not a doctor and has his room and board covered by his employer. Put the poor helpless “unborn child” in the spotlight and distract from the fact that the pregnancy posed a serious risk of death to the woman.

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Won’t someone please think of the Arizona Republicans!

Meghan McCain shows where her priorities are:

And when a flawed law is magnified through the prism of extreme partisan politics, it only looks worse. With President Obama calling the law “misguided” and the mainstream media painting Arizona out to be a rogue state, all it does is make people go to greater lengths to defend their position. I think unless you are from a border state and have actually seen firsthand the effects illegal immigrants have on your community, I don’t think you can truly appreciate the complexities of the problem and how it should be litigated.

In the end, the saddest part for me is that we are all losing with this immigration law. Arizona is being shown in a negative light in the media, and once again Hispanic voters in Arizona have yet another reason to distrust the Republican Party.

This is what white privilege looks like.

Her home state passes a law which effectively means that Latinos—including American citizens— can be pulled aside by police and forced to show legal documentation at any time they happen to be in a public place, and Ms. McCain—a daughter of wealthy, white, native Anglophone privilege, who has never experienced racial profiling, never worried about where her next meal is coming from, never faced the prospect of being unable to provide for her family in her native country, in short, never had to deal with the problems that face Latin American immigrants on a daily basis— is worried that white Arizonans look bad and Latinos don’t want to vote Republican.

As someone who lives in a non-border state and therefore, obviously, lives nowhere near any immigrants of dubious legal status, I am so very not impressed.