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Published on Feb 7, 2012
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A rare behind-the-scenes video documenting Dr. West's visit to Arizona by filmmaker and activist, Barni Qaasim.
In a state where ethnic studies are banned, a video like this becomes contraband. But banned books will not erase our history, and cancelled classes will not make us forget. Through struggle, we will write ourselves back into history.
Arizona's explicit stated goal is to make life miserable for immigrants and their families through a policy of attrition (aka "Self-Deportation"). Our strategy is to bring joy. And joy is what Dr. West brought when he spent a day with us in Arizona, bearing witness to the local struggle for human rights and sharing the historical context in which white supremacy continues to linger.
In the face of increasingly vitriolic scapegoating of migrants, we must do what we can to walk the road to justice together. And remember what West teaches, that "justice is what love looks like in public."
"You've got to have your roots in place to have the routes you want to go." - Dr. Cornel West
Visit http://altoarizona.com for more information about the struggle against SB1070 and attrition through enforcement.