The right wing educational attack in Arizona expressed in the May 11 passage of HB 2281 banning the teaching of Ethnic Studies in all levels of education, k-12 through Higher Education, and new social standards by the Texas State Board of Education, confronts directly the historic struggles of people of color. These are attacks on our ability to tell our stories, to speak our truths, and to transform the curriculum regarding the history of the United States. These transformations in US education came from hard-fought struggles. From the 1968 Third World Strike at San Francisco State College resulting in the establishment of a Third World College, to the 1969 Morrill Hall Take Over by Black students at Minnesota and the struggles for American Indian and Chicano Studies on that campus, these fields emerged out of struggle.
Indeed, the Third World Strike at San Francisco State College might be called the borning struggle of contemporary Ethnic Studies in the academy. “On strike! Shut it down!” resonated on the campus from November 1968 to March 1969. This five-month strike, according to Helene Whitson, archivist of the San Francisco State College Strike Collection, was “longer than any other academic student strike in American higher education history.” http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/collections/strike/essay.html