Regular Easterners readers will recall Kurt Olson’s editorial on the history-censoring HB2281 from a few weeks ago. As you may recall, HB2281 is a bill that was passed in Arizona which banned over 80 books and Tuscon’s Mexican American Studies program.
Eastern would be particularly hard hit if a similar bill was presented to our legislature. EWU has a premiere American Indian Studies Program, founded in 1965, a dedicated Chican@ Education Program, and a great Africana/African American Education Program, who is coordinating many of this month’s Black History Month events.
Ours was not the only campus uncomfortable and concerned with the idea of a single, and decidedly anglo-centric, narrative of history presented as divine writ. Students at Cal State University Northridge are bussing themselves to Arizona on Feb. 26th to join in what is being called the “Crusade to Tucson.”
Several WSU student organizations have decided to stand in solidarity with them on the same day.
WSU doesn’t have any of the departments listed above. WSU has a catchall Comparative Ethnic Studies program– they are marching to protect it. We are academically blessed to have three distinct areas of study.
Participants are encouraged to bring a banned book, and we might suggest a local favorite: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie.
When: This Sunday, Feb. 26th 1 p.m. starting at WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall
What: March to oppose Arizona’s HB 2281, including speakers Dr. Linda Heidenreich Zuñiga, Dr. Paul Mencke, and Luis Cortes.
Questions? Contact Janita Harris at 253-298-9879 or email@example.com.