Step 1: Write about people who aren’t white.
Step 2: THERE IS NO STEP TWO.
You will very rarely see me curse, tumblypoos, but…but…I mean, what the fuck? How is this even possible? This reads like an Onion article.
To be clear, it is now ILLEGAL to teach de la Pena’s novel (which I’ve read and which is excellent) in schools, not because the book contains violence or drug use or massively unerotic blow jobs, but because it contains Mexican American characters. (The protagonist of the novel is only half Mexican, but apparently that is too Mexican for Arizona.)
That’s it. That’s the whole reason it can’t be taught in schools.
Here’s an interesting quote from the article:
John Huppenthal, the new state superintendent, told a reporter that he was fighting a war. “When we encountered this situation, we did what Hannibal did to the Romans,” he said. “This is the eternal battle, the eternal battle of all time, the forces of collectivism against the forces of individuality.”
Oh wait did I say “interesting” I think I meant “inane and incoherent.”
I want to wave this in front of the faces of the students I once presented to on book banning. “That, like, totally doesn’t happen anymore and they only ban porn in schools.” SURE.
Folks, I won’t be offended if you decided to take off and nuke my state from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. I’d just like a little warning so my son and I can get to at least a minimum safe distance.