The public school system of America has been in constant decline for a very long time. Large cities have had to fight for their teacher’s jobs as well as keep schools open. But none have been so embattled as the city of Chicago lately.
The protests to keep Chicago schools open began last weekend to keep the 54 schools Chicago’s city government slated to close from being shut down. A ray of hope in the form of a third grader. Nine-year-old Asean Johnson of Chicago’s Marcus Garvey Elementary, rose from the crowd to address the ills of the city’s decisions from the point-of-view of an elementary school student who will be directly affected, according to Jet Magazine.
“It is 90 percent of school closings [that affect] African Americans. This is racism right here.”
He directed his comments directly at Chicago’s mayor, President Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel chanting:
“Rahm! Let’s face it! Your policies are racist!”
He was interviewed after his speech and was strikingly clear about the peril facing the students if they’re bussed into a new school behind enemy lines. He describes the school they will be attending if his school is closed:
“Mount Vernon…I haven’t been there, but from it’s description of how it is, I think it’s pretty bad. Because they do not like us. So, if you send us behind a gang territory where the kids don’t like us, what do you think it’s going to be, violence or safety? They saying they are trying to create safety for the kids, but you’re just sending them in danger.”
As one of the bystanders said, “ASEAN FOR MAYOR!”
Check him out.
Asean’s powerful speech during protest rally, Monday, May 20, to keep Chicago schools open:
Asean’s interview after his stirring speech: