Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, a professor at the University of Arizona and a member of the Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board, can be reached at: XColumn@gmail.com

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 10:46am
Arizona's 'Banned' Mexican American Books
In the aftermath of the suspension of the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American studies department , TUSD has confiscated and continues to confiscate MAS teaching materials. Besides artwork and posters etc, that includes books.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:48am
Arizona’s Apartheid War Against Mexican American Studies
Early on the morning of the 7th day, God wrote HB 2281; then he rested. That’s the way conservative Arizonans view this clearly unconstitutional and immoral anti-Ethnic Studies measure.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 10:13am
Iraq War: Reaffirmation or the End of US Exceptionalism?
In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple. The reason: the continued belief in American exceptionalism. In the United States, only U.S. casualties matter. According to the Iraq Coalition Count, almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers perished during the war and slightly more than 32,000 U.S. soldiers were officially listed as wounded. No U.S. agency officially keeps track of Iraqi numbers.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 8:21am
In Arizona: After 519 years, Indigenous Knowledge on Trial
Justice. That’s a word not normally associated with Arizona. With Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his military tank still on the loose, this will not be changing anytime soon. In Arizona, Arpaio is colorful, but he is actually the least of them.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:54am
Recall Arizona… from the 19th Century
The dictionary definition of insanity should be changed to spell A-R-I-Z-O-N-A and its state capitol building should be designated as a home for the criminally insane. But lest we kid ourselves, this Arizona insanity has now spread nationwide. Let’s take a tour of the [police] state.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 9:39am
Arizona: In Violation of All Human Rights Laws
For the moment, Arizona has regained its sanity. Five draconian anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant bills were recently defeated by the state senate. However, this bout of sanity in this insane state may only be temporary; this action only dealt with five 2011 bills. More bills remain and the author of most of these bills, Russell Pearce, remains Senate president.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 8:09am
Arizona Refuses to Take Backseat to History
Sometimes columns just seem to write themselves. The world is aflame, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, and as a result, extremist Arizona legislators seems to be getting a complex… nobody seems to be paying as much attention to them compared to just several weeks ago. Even Wisconsin has managed to upstage the rogue Arizona legislators. Utah too. As such, the Arizona rogue legislators have stepped forward to once again capture the 19 th century spotlight.
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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 3:51pm
What's at Stake in the O'odham Trial
Arizona is definitely not Egypt, where the UN has estimated that some 300 pro-democracy activists were killed … neither can Arizona be compared to Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, or especially Libya, where hundreds more have been killed in ongoing protests.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:31am
In Defense of Raza/Indigenous Studies: Five Sentenced, But Not Guilty!
Four students and myself were just sentenced to 10 hours of community service for a crime we did not commit. More importantly, our act of civil disobedience was in response to an illegal, immoral and unconstitutional law: hb 2281 - a piece of legislation that makes the teaching of Ethnic Studies in Arizona illegal.
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Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:50am
The Tucson Massacre: After the Cameras Are Gone?
As a journalist/columnist of nearly 40 years, I can tell you what will happen in Tucson in a few days. Better yet, I will tell you what the media will do in the next few days; the cameras will leave. It's called parachute journalism. The whole country is exposed to or gets a glimpse of Arizona, and then it's off to the next rampage. Blood and gore sells, but it only has a shelf life until the next crisis.
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