09/05/2011 08:26 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2011

Arizona And Texas Lead Effort To Undo Decades Of Chicano Studies

Academics, students and members of communities of color across the U.S. should be paying close attention to the concerted assault being waged right now in Arizona against its ethnic studies programs.

Those of us who weathered the battles of the late '60s and '70s for the establishment of disciplines like Black studies, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Asian and Native American Studies must come together to defend and expand those critical programs and departments that serve and educate, and who have expanded history and culture to include those of us who have been marginalized and never part of the official canon.