Staying classy! Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teacher’s Union also claims she was “a girl who could throw a perfect slider” when she was growing up. OK, I don’t believe that for a second, but we do know she believes the rich, white people in Chicago are a problem for the cities school system.
Along with complaining about the lack of funding for the Chicago school system – dreaming of having an additional $900 million in funding per year from taxpayers – she also is complaining about poverty and throws the race card. My emphasis in bold.
And, when are we going to address the elephant in the room? When will there be an honest conversation about the poverty, racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of a quality education product in our school system? When will we address the fact that rich, white people, think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African Americans and Latinos—no matter what the parent’s income or education level. And, when did all of these venture capitalists become so interested in the lives of minority students in the first place? There is something about these folks who love the kids but hate the parents. There’s something about these folks who use little black and brown children as stage props at one press conference while announcing they want to fire, layoff or lock up their parents at another press conference.
“I know no one likes to talk about race, especially since so many people believe we are living in postracial America–even though Chicago remains the most segregated city in the United States. There is nothing wrong about dreaming that everyone is equal; that all playing fields are even; and that all anyone needs to succeed is equal opportunity to get ahead—but we have to work on this together to make this happen.
- Talk about the dreams of our children? Check.
- Complain about funding and rich people not paying their fair share? Check.
- Complain about racism? Check.
- Complain about other people in leadership stopping the union from doing the “good work” they want to do? Check.
The entire speech is posted online as a PDF document.
Nobody is willing to provide the press information on how much Lewis makes in salary, benefits and retirement income from the city and the union.