Thursday, November 1, 2012

Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind

  It's an honor and a privilege to re-post an important message concerning the education of young Mexican American students in high schools and colleges throughout America.

 What has been perceived as treasonous or acts of insurrection by many Americans, Mexican American (or Chicano) Studies contain historical information about the significant contributions by Latinos throughout America's history, information that provides inspiration and motivation to these students to excel in their education, and become productive citizens.

 Sadly, these folks project a negative image to others about Mexican Americans, of whom they believe these studies are designed to instill revolutionary notions that Mexicans Are Planning to Conquer the United States. It Seems To Me this has to be the most preposterous notion ever convieved by any American to date. Yet, this campaign to end these important studies continues to this day.

 Recently, efforts have been undertaken by many American citizens and education leaders to ban these studies based on their ignorance of the curriculum and its purpose. They see these studies through the xenophobic glasses worn by many mean-spirited citizens who have always looked down on Mexican Americans and other Latinos, to the detriment of the cultural, social and financial well being of all Americans.

 We are honored to repost the following letter from Professor Rudolfo "Rudy" Acuna, one of (if not the pioneer) of Mexican American and Chicano Studies"

Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind:

Hello Everyone,

The November 6th election is closing in. Many of you have followed my writing on the Tucson Mexican American Studies program. I don’t ask for money or anything like that. There is one way you can help to defeat the Board that eliminated Mexican American Studies and send a message. The documentary Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind was released today. The following is the link:

This documentary explains the issue well. It’s a short documentary that you will find interesting. Please put on your “Facebook” page and/or forward this e-mail. Many of you have relatives in Arizona. Lets use the next new days to be organizers and help our friends in Arizona. Let them all watch how Shakespeare was kept away from our Latino children.

This Tuesday, Mark Stegeman and Alexandre Sugiyama are on the ballot. Tom Horne and these two really hurt our community. Use this documentary as a tool to help our community.

Come on, how many times have you been told that all you need to do to save the world is be on Facebook. Here you go! Let’s use Shakespeare as our tool!

Rudy Acuna



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