Book Burning in Arizona

Book Burning in Arizona
Henry Giroux
offers an account of a deepening neoliberal mode of authoritarianism in U.S. politics by discussing how anti-immigrant and racist political ideology couched in a discourse of patriotism is being translated into regressive educational policies and an attack on critical modes of education. Reminiscent of the book burnings conducted in Nazi Germany, the Arizona state legislature and school board in Tucson have systematically eliminated ethnic studies from elementary schools and banned a number of books that discuss racism and oppression, including several books by Mexican-American authors in a school district where more than 60 percent of the students are from a Mexican-American background. Within a neoliberal regime that supports corporate hegemony, social and economic inequality, and anti-democratic forms of governance, “Privatizing racism functions as a racial mythology that encourages individual solutions to socially produced problems … racism is disavowed yet appears in another guise through a language of punishment that persecutes and demonizes anyone who even raises the charge of racism.” Read the article…

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