Arizona’s Black Legislators Chastised After Race Talk

PHOENIX — The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker’s published column, which included a racial slur and they say derided black activists while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay.

Rep. Maria Syms wrote in a column published in the Arizona Republic that the two best-known leaders of the #RedforEd movement are “political operatives” who are radicalizing Arizona youth. She called Noah Karvelis’ classroom “exotic” and said he prides himself on teaching students music from the hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Syms included a lyric from the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist that included a derogatory term for African-Americans.

Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding, who is black, said he was offended by the language she used.

via Arizona’s only black legislators chastised after race talk — Chicago Sun-Times

Posted on 04/25/2018, in politics, Race and Race Relations and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Two sides to a story

    Arizona. *Sigh*

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    • Two sides,
      Can you imagine? Reading that article was like reading a child abuser take retribution out on adults who tell what they’re doing. They don’t want discussion but silence.

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      • Yeah, absolute silence…

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        • Hi Roach!
          I’ve participate in some events to discuss race relations, and one of things I find interesting is that most Whites present don’t take long to disrespectfully take over by talking non-stop about themselves.

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          • WOWWWWW!!! You should shut them down by saying “this is not what this discussion is about!”………

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            • Roach,
              That would be construed as aggressive and disrespectful of their entitlement. Twice, I walked out of meetings because of the distractions, and there were other people who did the same. Clearly, there were people who were only interested in their own opinions and attempt to persuade others to validate their opinions. They ended up talking to practically an empty room.

              My mom told us when growing up to always remember Proverbs 18:2 before throwing our pearls.

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            • Unfortunately, the mistreatment of people of color is still one of those taboo subjects that people really don’t want to talk about/address. And of course, you’re labeled a trouble-maker for even bringing up the obvious. It’s a shame how people can do things right in front of your face and swear out that you did not see what you saw… I’m reminded of a song I heard years ago (Janet Jackson) with the partial lyrics… “he who knows it feels it”…
              When I googled those words, I found a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Check out part of their lyrics:
              Bob Marley & The Wailers – He Who Feels It Knows It. Every man thinks his burden is the heaviest. But (ooh, yea, come on) they know because they feel. Who feels it knows it, Lord Who feels it knows it, Lord Who feels it knows it, Lord Don’t sit by your window gazing at the streets. Just get up and move, get right on your feet…”
              What I will do is call people on their mess but I can’t/won’t consume myself with someone else’s mess. I am much too busy trying to help the next person.

              Galatians 6:9 King James Version
              And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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            • Roach,
              Re:

              “Unfortunately, the mistreatment of people of color is still one of those taboo subjects that people really don’t want to talk about/address. And of course, you’re labeled a trouble-maker for even bringing up the obvious.”

              That happens, and what also happens is that some people try to shut it down by interjecting how horrible they feel and how sorry they are. I did hear a professional person describe that as “white guilt”. He went on to say that “white guilt” only hears things that help them rid themselves of the guilt, so of course the discussion is hijacked into talking about what they feel.

              That ties in to what you said about the song lyrics. White guilt is an admission of guilt by the person of something committed in their own lives that they feel. I think those lyrics apply to everyone — “Don’t sit by your window gazing ….”

              Personally, I tend to do better when talking one-on-one when calling people out on their mess. They same applies with helping others. And to Galatians 6:9, I say “AMEN”.

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  2. sad!
    during my life in AZ
    i experienced
    cowboys
    & indians 🙂

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