On Wednesday, Rep. Reginald Bolding took to the floor to expresses his outrage over quotes included in an opinion piece in the Arizona Republic penned by Rep. Maria Syms. Syms cited quotes by rapper Lamar Kendrick in her article questioning the motives of Arizona Teachers United leaders Noah Karvelis and Derek Harris.
Syms wrote of Karvelis:
Let’s focus on Noah Karvelis. You would likely not want your children boarding his intellectual ark — or sitting in his exotic classroom.
He’s the media darling, teaching two years in Arizona with a provisional certificate. He prides himself on teaching the hip hop music of Kendrick Lamar (whose lyrics include “we hate Popo [police], wanna kill us dead in the street for sure…”) to 10-year-olds, indoctrinating them in “social movements and societal change” and “socioeconomic and racial privilege.”
In his online rants, Karvelis takes inspiration from virulently anti-American sources. He urges people to embrace ’60s radical Angela Davis, but neglects to mention her leadership of Communist Party USA.
He admires the teachings of Howard Zinn, another crank who was fired from Spelman College for “radicalizing students,” and he said President George W. Bush is the “moral equivalent” of vicious Islamic terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Ever expansive in his fondness for red revolution, Karvelis also credits the teachings of long-distance Communist academic Noam Chomsky.
Sym’s original version included Kendrick’s complete lyrics which include the use of a racial epithet. That word is used extensively in Kendrick’s works. For example…