Goodbye to Texas HB1938
Date of Action: May 2013
Region: North America
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Youth
Medium: Literature, Textbook
Confronting Bodies: Texas schools, Librotraficantes
Description of Artwork: An Ethnic Studies Bill, Texas HB1938, sought to limit which courses university students could take to fulfill state history requirements.
The Incident: Tony Diaz and Los Librotraficantes advocated very strongly and passionately against this bill, because if it and its Senate counterpart, SB1128 were passed, college students would not be allowed to take women's or ethnic history courses to fulfill graduation requirements. Ultimately what would happen is there would be fewer and fewer students being able to take the courses until these minorities are boxed out the curriculum. That is a violation of free access to information.
Results of Incident: Due to Tony Diaz and Los Librotraficantes' efforts, the bill is indefinitely stalled in the Calendars committee.