Who exactly is the "they" in "they should know"? Who exactly does "we" refer to in 'we all know." It sounds rather condescending but want to understand the particulars; perhaps you have information no one else does. Marty, if you have solid facts; deliver. If the best you have is vague accusations, then let us know that is all you have.
At the center of this story is MAS, which is a story onto itself and which Mari Herrera has written more about than any journalist in Tucson, for that matter, in the country. MA courses and what they stand for all tie to providing another perspective to students; one that is relevant. The Anglo-centric curriculum simply is too narrow and cheats students of other relevant perspectives. Since the vast majority of the curriculum remains Anglo-centric, a few classes which provide a Mexican American and African American perspective should have resulted in the Horne/Huppenthal/Stegeman festered phobia that is based on the believe that only one single narrow perspective is ample. Horne started the frenzy with his crazed and biased law; Huppenthal has kept to his campaign promise to eliminate MAS and Stegeman has willingly jumped on their band wagon, voting against curriculum, courses, etc. that pertain to Mexican American perspectives.
Herrera has exposed some of the underbelly of the MAS movement and while it is uncomfortable for many, and joyful for those that like to see the so called division, placing that information in the light forces accountability. Misogyny, in its many hate-filled forms has caused great personal and political harm but it has not broken the activist movement in its entirety. One corner of that movement has imploded, much due to their arrogant egos, general reckless behavior- inclusive of their anti-womyn actions. In the long run, this implosion may support the entire movement in moving forward without gender-based barriers and heedless actions. The people behind these misguided egos have clearly been identified and their misogynist behavior has been called out. Some continue to spew their hate in various forms, for example, by robotically stating that “MAS is dead” or by stating that the culturally relevant courses that are now being proposed have been watered down (without any type of factual comparison) or by suggesting that desegregation money be taken away from TUSD or by repeatedly attacking many of the womyn within the movement. All of these efforts point back to condescending egos who insist on having it their way or no way at all. With continued exposure their credibility will continue to erode. The Tucson Weekly should continue to reveal the good, the bad and the ugly on all issues, including this one and Herrera should not allow intimidation tactics from the misogynist bullies to silence her.
Just a few of the most important facts have conveniently been left out of the twisted information presented by those who refuse to see that Trayvon, a young African American boy, was RACIALLY profiled by Zimmerman; that Zimmerman was ordered not to follow Trayvon, that Zimmerman was carrying a weapon and that Trayvon was only carrying Skittles, a bottled tea drink and a cell phone (hardly dangerous weapons), that Trayvon had done nothing "suspicious;" and that as a "visitor" Trayvon was invited within the gated community. Rationalizing racial behavior is what those who have racial bias do best. The Prosecution in this case failed to show that there was, in fact, racial motivation by Zimmerman that was anything but in the best of the community. Yes, we are divided and until people begin to have some historical empathy for others who are not exactly like them, understanding will not come about. Walk in Trayvon's shoes with Skittles and a beverage, innocently walking back to your host's house. Imagine someone beginning to follow you, when you have done NOTHING wrong. Perhaps also imagine being hassled by the big guy who is following you as you talk to your friend on the phone. What do you do? Defend yourself is the answer most young boys Trayvon's age would give. Hate creates hate. Understanding is one step in dissolving it.
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