9-year-old Asean Johnson had a lot to say and express regarding the closure of his school, Marcus Garvey Elementary School in Chicago:
“Rahm Emanuel does not care about our schools. He’s not caring about our safety. He only cares about his kids. He only cares about what he needs. He does not care about nobody else but himself. He let Barbara Byrd-Bennett, a woman from Detroit who doesn’t know the streets of Chicago, come in and close these schools. You should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You should be supporting these schools, not closing them.”
The 9-year-old is not just raising his voice against racism, but he is also doing it for the sake of his and many other children’s education. The impassioned kid concluded his speech by saying:
“We shall not be moved today! We are going to City Hall... we are not going down without a fight.”
His passion and determination was lauded by everyone present at the event.
As we previously reported, the Chicago Board of Education voted on Wednesday to close 50 schools - including about ten percent of all elementary schools - in the largest mass school closing in the nation.
The closings in mainly Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods have drawn protests by parents and teachers union leaders who say the closures will expose children to greater gang violence in a city that recorded 506 murders in 2012.
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