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ERIC Number: EJ1001875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Your Struggle Is My Struggle
Ortega, Marcela Itzel
Rethinking Schools, v27 n2 p25-27 Win 2012-2013
It's funny how a single lucid moment can change so many things; a single video can light a spark for justice. That reality hit the author when her teacher, Devin Carberry, played a YouTube clip of UNIDOS, a group of students fighting to keep ethnic studies alive in Arizona. Devin brought in the documentary "Precious Knowledge," an intimate look into ethnic studies classes in Tucson high schools and the community battle to defend the program. As she and her classmates analyzed the video, she made connections between the students in the film and herself. She made many connections from the film to the theory of white supremacy, which is the belief that white people or Anglos are the superior race and therefore they should be the ones in power. They didn't say so explicitly, but the author thinks many of the politicians in the film were against the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program because it gave students a way out of the roles society has created for them. At least for now, they have closed down the MAS program in Tucson, but she knows that the struggle for ethnic studies continues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona