This is going to be a great show!!!
Why is a panel on "Race in America" something just for liberals? Shouldn't we all be concerned about race issues in America? This is where those of us who think things like justice are important get itchy. Any discussion of inequality is somehow branded as "liberal."
George S., I'd like to beg to differ. MAS was a rigorous academic program that was known within Tucson High as having some of the more difficult and demanding classes of the school. It presented students with tools for critical analysis on our society's most entrenched problems. I don't see that it had anything in particular to do with Affirmative Action. But programs to address past discrimination seem perfectly legit to me. Multiple studies have confirmed that in the '60s and '70s minorities were singled out for punishment at 3-4 times the rate of white students in the schools. (A black or Latino student would get a penalty much worse for the same infraction.) What's wrong with trying to correct a past injustice?
The MAS program was indeed an incredibly successfully and inspiring program, respected around the country for its amazing success in raising the achievement level of at-risk youth. Its classes were electives, open to all students, and its foundation was built upon social justice ideals. It was bizarre to me how threatening this was to Horne and Huppenthal. (Oh, boy... I can't believe THESE two guys were the leaders of education in the state of AZ. Embarrassing.) The program dared to speak about racism, sexism, etc., which simply couldn't be tolerated by the hyper-reactive right.
It disappoints me to see people still supporting McCain, even after he has refused to be vocal in opposition to Trump's bigotry. (Occasionally says something critical, but continues to support the candidate... what a joke!) He's a self-serving politician, like most of the rest of them. The Straight Talk Express was a marketing ploy--it had some basis in fact way back when, but that was a long time ago.
We need new leadership.
Please note, the event is THIS SATURDAY, MAY 7 (not Saturday, May 4)
Chavez and Dolores Huerta are in a new documentary TATANKA screening Wed, April 16, 6pm at the AZ Intl. Film Festival downtown Tucson. The film is about the idealism of the Sixties clashing with the realities of the present day--come check it out! http://www.tatankamovie.com.
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