Jan 26, 2012 - Issue 456
Unified School District!
The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) should be applauded! The masterminds behind HB 2281 are really national heroes!
TUSD took action toward ending the corruption of the national school curriculum by confiscating book that do not represent the values and traditions of this great country and even greater government. Citizens in this democracy must keep in mind that these confiscated books were written by and/or about Mexican Americans, and Mexican Americans are really not Americans!
As of January 10, 2012, books were “boxed and carried off.” And rightly so! Consider some of the titles “not banned” but “merely confiscated,” (Guardian.co.uk, January 18, 2012).
Now, what significance
are these books to the understanding of
I 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 Shakespeare!
Start 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!
No 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 mother!
Let us not have
No child in
young adults in this
Shakespeare’s 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.
Curriculums 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.
young adults in the
American 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!
This is the
In a country
children learned long ago what the Mexican, Black, and Asian students
Just 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
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has a Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory. Click here to contact Dr. Daniels.