(AllHipHop News) KRS-One is respectfully called “The Teacha” by many Hip Hop fans, but one Arizona Republican believes the emcee’s content used in an educational setting promotes resentment towards a particular race.
John Huppenthal is the outgoing superintendent of public instruction for the state. As he prepared to leave his position, he penned a letter to the Tucson school district complaining that the city’s “culturally relevant courses” were illegal.
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The curriculum was mandated by a federal court decision as a means to resolve a desegregation lawsuit. But Huppenthal argued specific courses like “Culturally Relevant African-American Perspective” – which used KRS-One’s essay “An Introduction To Hip Hop” – violate a 2010 Arizona law that banned classes that “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of being individuals.”
Huppenthal also complained about the course “Culturally Relevant Mexican American Perspective” and the use of Rage Against The Machine’s “Take the Power Back.” He alleged the song promotes the overthrow of the U.S. government.
“They pulled out these inflammatory quotes to scare people,” said Curtis Acosta, a Tucson educator about a dismantled Mexican-American studies program he used to teach. “The same thing’s happening here, where you’re seeing a picking apart of novels or books or unit plans to build a case rather than to see it in its holistic environment.”
Tucson was ordered by the state education department to remove the material from the curriculum by March 4 or face losing 10% of its state funding. However, administrators are not caving to the demands at the moment.
“This threatened enforcement proceeding is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the federal court orders denying the state’s intervention,” stated Tucson Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.