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Friday, April 20, 2012

Rob Williams Doesn't Take Censorship of his Scholarship Lying Down


My Arizona colleague Rob Williams, the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor  of Law, has his work censored when a text that included it was exiled from the Tuscon Unified School District's reading list.  He did not like it, and he told the school board so in this video--the word "barbarians" was used, and not as a compliment.

This was part of Arizona's effort to eliminate ethnic studies from public schools in Arizona. Here's The Daily Show, interviewing one of the school board members Rob "chatted" with.


It is remarkable that a legal scholar's work made it into a high school text, and remarkably sad that the State of Arizona has made such a concerted effort to destroy ethnic studies in Tucson.


Posted by Jack Chin on April 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM | Permalink


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There is a suit going on. But as you might imagine, the state's argument is that the Mexican American studies program is different from the others, only it "generates resentment."

Posted by: Jack | Apr 20, 2012 1:45:59 AM

Wow, that "hearsay" guy (I don't remember his name) was really stupid. Who the hell is "Rosa Clark"? If you want to be an idiot, fine, be an idiot. But why go into local government and affect the lives of children while being willfully moronic? I don't get it.

Has there been any talk of an equal protection lawsuit? It seems like the city is singling out the Mexican American population.

Posted by: Brando Simeo Starkey | Apr 20, 2012 1:41:05 AM

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