Originally published circa April 2012
When it comes to discussing issues of race and education, sometimes comedy raises issues more effectively than scholarship.
As a qualitative researcher, I also note how the Daily Show interviewer prompted the Tuscon board member to speak his own logic out loud:
The actual situation in Tuscon is a painful one for many involved: Raza Studies have subsequently been banned from the Tuscon public schools, with youth and teachers in the courses disallowed even from having certain books:
Is the erasure of facts and narratives from the written record available to young people, education?
Deep educational questions are at stake here: who can add historical facts to the record young people are taught? And, when can educators safely create voluntary spaces where youth from a racialized/ethnic group can engage potentially shared experiences? Patricia Gandara has a useful piece on the latter issue in our book Everyday Antiracism.