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Chicago Teachers Union Head Blames White People

From the Daily Caller:

Chicago teachers union chief faults ‘rich white people’ for city’s education mess

By Eric Owens | June 20, 2013

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

This is the same teachers union that went on strike last fall because they only got a 16% raise. Even though the city of Chicago is worse than broke. At the time, the average teacher salary in the Chicago Public School district was $74,839.

And never mind that barely half of Chicago’s high school students earn a diploma in their unionized schools, while over 90 percent of those studying in charter schools do.

In her remarks to an audience at the upscale City Club of Chicago, union boss Karen Lewis strongly criticized Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She also urged the city schools to follow the strategic blueprint of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

“Members of the status quo — the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how to best run our district — know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced public and private institutions,” the Dartmouth graduate charged.

Then she should support vouchers, so all kids can attend well-resourced private institutions.

“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?” Lewis also asked in the speech. “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.”

For the record, Ms. Lewis is a rich black person.

The union leader then questioned the motives of “venture capitalists” who have expressed a desire to improve the quality of education for poor and minority students.

“There is something about these folks who love the kids but hate the parents,” Lewis inveighed. “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.”

Lewis called for “an end to corporate subsidies and loopholes.” She demanded “progressive taxation” to close the $1 billion budget deficit currently facing the Second City and its public schools.

Higher income tax rates on wealthy residents would generate billions in necessary revenue, the union chief suggested. She also proposed new taxes for commuters and for financial transfers.

In her closing remarks, Lewis, a self-professed Chicago White Sox fan, suggested that the Chicago Public Schools would be wise to emulate the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise…

The Chicago Cubs famously have not won a World Series since 1908 (or a National League pennant since 1945). The team is currently in next-to-last place in Major League Baseball’s National League Central division — 16 games out of first place.

So it looks like the Chicago public schools are already emulating the Cubs.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Chicago Teachers Union Head Blames White People”

  1. I blame Karen Lewis for teaching inner city black kids that grossly obese and stupid are the new paradigm path to power.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    “There is something about these folks who love the kids but hate the parents,” Lewis inveighed. “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.”

    You mean, like president obama?

    Seriously, like GBJ said, the new paradigm path to power. It’s along the lines of yelling louder in English will get the foreigner to understand. My god she’s disgusting.

    We are (have become) a nation of pathetic little trolls, all drunk on the “everyone is special” theory that Dr Spock started. Clearly, this “charming negress” needs to see a woodshed or at least feel what it’s like to be verbally shot down, repeatedly and hounded into silence. I mean, you know, like what the national socialists do to conservatives.

  3. mr_bill

    Lewis called for “an end to corporate subsidies and loopholes.” She demanded “progressive taxation” to close the $1 billion budget deficit currently facing the Second City and its public schools.

    Higher income tax rates on wealthy residents would generate billions in necessary revenue, the union chief suggested. She also proposed new taxes for commuters and for financial transfers.

    Ms. Lewis doesn’t hate rich, white peoples’ money. She just doesn’t want them to have any say on how their money is spent. Those “rich, white people” want their money spent on actually educating people so they don’t become a burden to society. Ms. Lewis wants that money to be spent on fattening the pockets of union mobsters like herself. Screw the children, they can’t vote, and if they get an actual education, they certainly won’t vote democrat and Ms. Lewis won’t tolerate that.

  4. Noyzmakr

    It sure sounds as though Ms. Lewis was paying attention to Rev. Wright’s sermons.

  5. Enthalpy

    As Ms. Lewis awakens each day, waddles into her bathroom, and looks into her mirror there is the prime reason for the Chicago Public Schools’ woes.

  6. mr_bill

    When is she going to be called on the carpet for her racist remarks and made to apologize by the National Association for the Advancement of White People?

    • Liberals Demise

      When the cubbies win their next pennant, I presume.

    • preparing4theworst

      Ahh, Mr. Bill, Mr. Bill, We all know that the only people who make truly racist remarks are white conservatives, and that if it is a 1) minority, 2) Female, 3) Unionista 4) obviously liberal, then absolutely no wrong can or should be attached to anything stated in whatever harangue is propagated at that time and place. Having said that I would like to propose a solution…..all you rich white people that she is currently denigrating, well feel free to take your money and get the hell out of town and see how she feels about that..




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