“El Libro-Traficante” Tony Diaz Defies Ethnic Studies Book Ban

by Democracy Now    /  March 12, 2012  / No comments

Self-described book smuggler Tony Diaz, nicknamed “El Libro-Traficante”, is set to launch a small caravan to bring carloads of controversial books into Arizona that were recently banned by public school officials in Tucson after the city suspended its acclaimed Mexican-American Studies program due to a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies. “When Arizona tried to erase our history, we decided to make more,” Diaz says. “We’ve unleashed this informal network that’s galvanized into a national movement… People are forming groups to read the books that have been confiscated. They have actually brought so much attention to our community that I think right now we really are on the verge of a Latino Renaissance.”


Seven books have been removed from classrooms in the Tucson Unified School District. Censored writers have responded to the measure in interviews and blogs; others have not yet publicly commented.

For more on this story, read Sampsonia Way‘s article “Censored Books in Arizona: Authors and Free Speech Organizations Respond.”

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