When it comes to politics, don’t be so quick to discredit Cardi B because according to her high school history teacher, she actually knows what she’s talking about. Okurrrr?
Joan Hill, a Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and the Arts history teacher, took to her Facebook last Thursday to defend her former student, who has come under fire for what many people consider stepping out of her lane and voicing her political opinions.
It all started during the government shutdown when the rapper posted a video Instagram criticizing the wall and the fact government workers were working for free.
“This shit is crazy,” she said in the Insta video. “Like, our country is a hellhole right now, all for a fucking wall. And we really need to take this serious.”
The video was short but drummed up lots of attention from both sides for the message.
But Cardi B doesn’t just have to defend herself anymore. Hill is ready to school the haters in her Facebook post.
“For those of you on my feed who are trashing Cardi B for representing a political voice,” she wrote, “she probably scored higher than you on the US History Regents exam and was in my AP govt class.”
She went on to explain even more reasons why she shouldn’t be silenced, which includes the fact that at least she’s using her platform for something.
Cardi visited Hill at her alma mater in an interview with CBS last year. “I know that she’s strict, but every single day until this day of my life, Ms. Hill was always in my head,” Cardi told students.
Another of Hill’s former students, Denise Reyes, spoke to the Daily Dot via Twitter DM.
“I think a lot of us were pretty scared of her if we didn’t do our homework or have our notes ready for class. She would yell at us. But we all know it came from a good place. Ms. Hill wanted all of us to succeed, she always made that known.”
Reyes confirmed that the message was indeed from Joan Hill, and said that they have been Facebook friends since she graduated in 2010.
As soon as Cardi’s political video gained some attention, critics tried to silence her and write her off, including conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren.
“Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020,” she wrote on Twitter.
Moments later Cardi clapped back.
Leave me alone I will dog walk you . https://t.co/FjqIzpUbvp
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 20, 2019
She even released this blanket statement addressing all of the negative talk she’d been receiving.
All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days.Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is fuckin up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 22, 2019
Cardi’s latest political stand includes refusing a role in the Super Bowl halftime show.
In an interview with the Associated Press, she confirmed that she turned down the opportunity to support former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick in his stand against police brutality.
“I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us,” she said.
The Daily Dot reached out to Hill for comment but did not receive a response by press time. Photos on her Facebook page match images seen in the CBS piece, and she is listed on the Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and the Arts’ website.