Each week we post a run-down of the best of our reader comments with the hopes of highlighting some of your most valuable insights and encouraging more people to join the fray. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
tizoc: Without Chicano Studies, Mexican-American children go through school never learning about their ancestors history and contributions to this country. Aside from the brief mention of Cesar Chavez, US school history books completely ignore Mexican-American history and the contributions that we have made to this country. Chicano Studies teaches this ignored history so that children can have MORE role models to look up to.
Role models like Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez who in 1945 fought against the racist segregationist policies in their school district and community. Their class action lawsuit became known as Mendez v. Westminster School District, and set a precedent for the more famous Brown v. Board of Education that effectively ended school segregation nationwide. Yet how many people know about the earlier Mendez case? And is it so bad for children to learn about heroes like the Mendez’s?
In response to Gary Younge’s “Replacing History with Fiction in Arizona.” February 8, 2012
Qwertyyqwertt: Another person to consider: Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), the only Republican State Senator who took the time to talk to his constituents last year and cast a nay vote on the Budget Repair Bill. I cannot thank this man enough for representing my family, my community and me in such a charged atmosphere.
In response to John Nichols’s “Twenty-five Faces of an American Uprising.” February 14, 2012
CQAussie: I agree with your friend from the Philippines, it’s simply amazing to see one of our own making it big and doing so with grace and class. The funny thing is that when my Dad was growing up in the Philippines, basketball was HUGE. The highlight of the week was going to intercollegiate games and Dad said that the cheering was so loud you could physically feel it reverberate around you. So the stereotype that Asians aren’t interested or good at sports has always been a little peevish. This is great for everyone to be honest. The more people of all backgrounds and races that can get into pro-sports, the better the competition.
In response Dave Zirin’s “Jeremy Lin! Why the Knicks’ New Star Is Not the New Tebow.” February 15, 2012
Lyrakanthos: Wow. What a cowardly commission. This is Republican leadership, folks. This is the best they have to offer. We all know full-well that the President’s decision to cover female contraception is the right one: it will lower unwanted pregnancies, lower the rate of unnecessary abortions, and level the playing field between the rich and poor. Those who scream, shrilly I might add, that President Obama is "declaring war on religion!" consistently fail to mention one important fact: no one is being forced to use birth control. The law simply states that women must have access to that coverage if they want it. If the government were requiring the use of contraception, and not access to it, that would be a different story. But no one is saying that women have to use it, just like no one says that non-heart patients have to take Plavix. A good Catholic girl who wants access to birth control would have that access; a good Catholic girl who doesn’t want it wouldn’t have it, right?