Identity Politics and Banned Books

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Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United StatesHouse on Mango StreetSavage Inequalities: Children in Americas SchoolsDictionary of Latino Civil Rights HistoryZoot Suit and Other PlaysPedagogy of the OppressedNew Chicana/Chicano Writing2Too Much InfoIdentity politicsarepoliticalarguments that focus upon theself-interestand perspectives of self-identified socialinterest groupsand ways in which people's politics may be shaped by aspects of their identity through race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation or traditional dominance. Not all members of any given group are necessarily involved in identity politics. The practice has probably a long existence; but the explicit term and movements linked to it really came into being during the latter part of the twentieth century. It can most notably be found in class movements, feminist movements, gay and lesbian movements, disability movements, ethnic movements and post colonial movements.Identity Politics

Banned BooksWho decides?Who can identify?Who is omitted? What is the basis?Are there any patterns? Arizona State LawA. A school district or charter school in this state shall not include in its program of instruction any courses or classes that include any of the following:

1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.Translating Grandfathers House by Ed J. Vega

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Is the Arizona law truly promoting individualityor is it directed toward suppression of one specific ethnic group (as categorized in the state of Arizona)?