This wasn’t what we trained for.
Lupita Nyong’o (via sonofafieldnegro)
this is so important. too many actors fail to thank the people they play on screen. They often think they are those people and that they have actually done something through acting a part. Lupita knows the importance of playing the role of Patsey, but she always pays tribute to this real historical person and all the Patseys who have suffered. Lupita reminds everyone that Patsey is very real. That Solomon Northrup’s story is very real. This history from this movie is real and we must not forget. Thank you, Lupita. You’re an angel.
Gentlemen, from now on we’re gonna have to earn our stories.
Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules
February 25, 2014
A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.
The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.
“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”
The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.
But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.
Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.
The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.
Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.
“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.
Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.
“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.
The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal (R) helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding — some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.
The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.
This is what I’m often referring to when I talk about backlash and suppression of education in the United States. There is literally legislation that bans teaching the history of colonization and civil rights movements in various states-states like Arizona, in which 43% of the population are “minorities”…30% of Arizona is Hispanic/Latin@.
That’s not actually a coincidence. :|
This is systematic, institutional disenfranchisement in action.
tricksy replied to your post “Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in…”
in europe — is that worth reading outside of a peer group to discuss with? adding that, the letters of voltaire, and the scahill book to my neverending list. (also HELLO. <3)
re: Europe — of course! I mean, my reasons for reading it/what I wanted out of it were probably different from what yours will be? but I’m gonna say yes, definitely regardless. no group of peers required.
AND GOOD LUCK FINDING LETTERS, MY FRIEND.
(but really; I tried to find it outside my university’s library forever so I could stop feeling tempted to just steal it and it’s p. much my white whale holy grail. I should pick up the search again. dublin’s as likely a place as any to find it, though, if you’re looking!)
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including the person who tagged you, so they’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
'Touched' is the wrong word for some of these (most of these).
›› The Passion (Jeanette Winterson)
›› The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
›› American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
›› Dirty Wars (Jeremy Scahill)
›› The Stranger (Albert Camus)
›› Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
›› Letters of Voltaire and Frederick the Great (trans. Richard Aldington)
›› In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century (Geert Mak)
›› Travesties (Tom Stoppard; plays count, right?)
›› The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
New York City - Snowstorm - Janus
Omar (2013) - Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
01. Funeral: The body of Ustim Holodnyuk, 19, who was a victim of the violent clashes, is carried through Independence Square.
02. Two coffins carrying the bodies of anti-government protestors are carried through the square as night falls on the Ukrainian capital.
03. A man mourns in the centre of the square as hundreds light candles and lay down flowers in memory of those who lost their lives.
04. Tributes: Men carry a casket containing the body of an anti-government protester killed in the clashes which has turned Kiev into a warzone this week.
05. Procession: The funerals in the square were held as politicians negotiated a deal which saw the violence brought to a temporary end.
06. Emotional: Tearful anti-government protestors gather around flowers that have been left for the 25 people who died during the clashes this week.
07. Flowers: Wreaths have been laid all around the square as a tribute to the victims of the violence.
08. Thousands of people crammed into the square and held up lighters or phones as the bodies were carried through the city.
More photos can be found here: Daily Mail.
To honor Ukraine’s fallen a group of us will be holding a candlelight memorial this Sunday evening (Feb. 23rd). You don’t need to be ethnically Ukrainian or live in Ukraine to take part in this international event - everyone’s invited to this unified act of remembrance.
In the classic hacker career narrative, a juvenile genius breaks into the Internet’s most sensitive networks, gets caught and then settles into a lucrative corporate gig selling his skills for defense. Nate Fick is trying to pull off the same story with an entire company.
Endgame wants to rewrite its reputation as a cyberwar arms dealer—without apologies.
“It sounds to me like they’re trying to put a rose on a pig,” says James Bamford, author of three books on the NSA and a vocal critic of Endgame’s practices. ‘If you’re saying you’re on the right path but won’t say what you’re doing, the burden’s on you.’
…Until Fick brings the darker part of Endgame’s business out of the shadows, his hacker-gone-straight story will have a major plot hole.”
Disappointed but not surprised that Michael Hastings’ death doesn’t get a mention in this article.
Old Mexico lives on
The counties with the highest concentration of Mexicans (as defined by ethnicity, rather than citizenship) overlap closely with the area that belonged to Mexico before the great gringo land-grab of 1848. Some are recent arrivals; others trace their roots to long before the map was redrawn. They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them.