Arizona Bans Shakespeare From Schools; Join Next Week’s Book Burning In Phoenix

And that’s not the worst of it.

From Salon:

Another notable text removed from Tucson’s classrooms is Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” In a meeting this week, administrators informed Mexican-American studies teachers to stay away from any units where “race, ethnicity and oppression are central themes,” including the teaching of Shakespeare’s classic in Mexican-American literature courses.

Read all about it at Salon. Learn how Arizona, in its quest for racial purity, steps into the New Dark Ages mandated by Republican Tea Party paranoia, ignorance, fear, and sheer stupidity. If you want a preview of a Republican America, take a look.

Next Friday there’ll be a public book burning on the steps of the Capitol building on West Washington Street in Phoenix. Bring your favorite book to throw on the funeral pyre of freedom – better do it before they come knocking on your door at 4 a.m.

(Amused? Don’t be. This is how it starts.)


8 Responses

  1. Another sign we’re reliving the 1930’s… 😯


  2. Can we just give Arizona and Texas back to Mexico? Assuming Mexico would take them…


    • It’s an American conceit that we are smarter than those little brown people in Mexico (or anywhere else for that matter). But they just aren’t dumb enough to take two states full of white bigots who can’t even survive a full day of work in the fields.


      • It won’t surprise you that some of the hardest working employees I hire are Latino/Latina.


        • Doesn’t surprise me a bit. I can’t count the number of times I’ve started a job, worked hard, and been cautioned by the other workers, “Slow down. Don’t work so hard. You make the rest of us look bad.”


    • I live in the little known state between these two monuments to the Antebellum South. I drove through a poor little town and my wife said, “Yeah, you’re right. The poorer the town the more churches there are.” It was odd that she brought that up, as I’d made that observation some years ago. But she mentioned that just as I was wondering why there were so many gun shops in the same little town. If I were a sociologist, I bet the relationship would make for an interesting study.


      • Commonality: irrational fear of death.

        Church Solution: “The debbil’s gone git me if I doan go to church and pray my smelly socks off”

        Gun Corollary: “Them damn Mexican bean eating illegals gonna cross the border and murder me in my bed for my socks, so I’m gone sleep with my shotgun.”

        It’s all about socks. Or sockiology, if you will.


  3. Great choice of subject va leads. Your statement Arizona Bans
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