what significance are these books to the understanding
of U.S. history, political and domestic policies,
social and cultural influences and experiences?
propose that school districts throughout the U.S. follow
Tucson’s lead, but, in this year of 2012, the nation’s
educational institutions should move swiftly, as swiftly
as it moves to close borders, deport foreigners, passes
bills to track, target, imprison and execute “terrorists,”
to remove all reading materials that threaten the innocence
of U.S. children and young adults: Let us confiscate
with the King, the great author of European letters
because I think the brilliant minds behind the confiscation
of Mexican American books would agree - the themes of
William Shakespeare’s plays (let us not speak of his
vile poetry) were not written with the best interests
of American children in mind: These plays are littered
with violence and undemocratic perspectives. And, of
course, Shakespeare was a Brit!
more Shakespeare! No more of this Dane Hamlet talking
of sitting on ladies laps and “country matters.” No
more of his talk of suicide, “to be or not to be.” Let
us not listen with him to the voice of “ghosts,” he
claims is his father, the murdered King, and his insistence
that this “ghost,” the father, urges him to kill the
current King, Hamlet’s uncle, now wedded to Hamlet’s
us not have U.S. children and
young adults witness Hamlet’s psychological torture
of Ophelia, supposedly, his lover.
child in the U.S. should have to read how Europe treated its
Jewish populations in what is now Italy. Or how revenge is a contract requiring
a pound of flesh - actual human flesh!
and young adults in this New World
and in this greatly advanced nation should not be exposed
to Shakespeare’s array of court jesters. We have no
men dressed as women and women dressed as men may have
contributed to the corruption of the young minds here
and the stretching of their innocent imaginations.
must be mindful of the effects on innocents reading
of a teen couple, defying parents, to openly love each
other and to wed in secret, resulting in the suicide
of both the young Romeo and Juliet.
and young adults in the U.S.
do not need an introduction into the scheming and conniving
ways of someone like Iago. What is it that our children
and young people are to learn from reading the words
of a liar who hates his superior - a Moor! - so much
that he plots to have Othello kill Desdemona, Othello’s
white wife. Too sordid for American children!
of the honest Brutus and his gang plot the assassination
of the Emperor, and the greed, lavish lifestyles, treachery,
dishonesty, and murderous minds of Kings is to be avoided
since, as we know, the American Colonists fought a revolution
against the monarchy of England and forged a “democracy” here in the New World.
children and young adults do not need to read of wars
and enemies, land confiscations, brutal slaughters at
home and abroad, imprisonment in dungeons, and executions,
usually beheadings. Little Mexican, Black, Indigenous,
and Asian students, in particular, do not need to know
that their classmates of European descend had ancestors
who were power-hungry and arrogant, narrow-mind and
“tribal,” and who killed at the blink of an eye - and
killed by the hundreds!
is the United States of America - the New
a country like the U.S., American values
must be upheld! And although we all are not too clear
on what those values are - we are certain they are not
represented, (if I understand the TUSD correctly), in
foreign history or in the behavior of foreigners.
Indigenous children learned long ago what the Mexican,
Black, and Asian students in the U.S. understand for
themselves now, of course. They have been so welcome
here in the democratic U.
S. of A.! The experiences of Mexican,
Black, Indigenous, Asian, Muslim, Arab children here
and globally can testify to the benevolence of the New
Empire, that is, the United
as the history of Mexican American struggle and resistance
is, well - insignificant, Shakespeare’s historical and
romance plays offer no relevance for young minds in
the United States!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels,
PhD, has a Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural
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