Is Tucson book ban based on vendetta against Latina spelling champ?

by Victor Payan on March 14, 2012 in El Now, Video

William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' is verboten for this Tucson Latina student

A TV interview with Arizona Mexican-American Studies opponent John Huppenthal suggests that his Hate State movement is a twisted vendetta stemming from his Tucson childhood — when a Latina student named Stella Peralta trounced him week after week in spelling bees.

In the January interview, AZ school chief Huppenthal also said Latino students are capable being anything they want, including, in his words, “God forbid, lawyers.”

From the interview:

I grew up in South Tucson. So when I go down to Tucson Unified School District, I’m going home. And Marcelina Lucero taught me long division in third grade. Stella Peralta defeated me every week in the spelling bee. I know these kids are sharp kids, that they’re fully capable of being architects and doctors and, God forbid, lawyers.

The video:

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