All we know about this little boy is that his name is Asean Johnson, that he's in third grade, and that Chicago officials are threatening to close down his school. Oh, and he's most likely the next Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch the impassioned speech he gave on Monday at a school closing rally. It's simply jaw-dropping.
Asean for prez? I can't wait for 2050.
UPDATE: On Thursday night, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his decision to go ahead with the 54 scheduled school closings in Chicago. Because the schools are located in areas that predominately house communities of color, many are accusing the administration of overt racism. Others are just calling him stupid. Why? He's closing public schools in poor neighbourhoods because of a "budgetary crisis", but then going out and splurging more than $100 million to build a private catholic university's new basketball arena. As Dave Zirin at The Nation puts it: "These aren’t the actions of a mayor. They’re the actions of a mad king."
Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union chief is demanding that the mayor gets his priorities straight. "When the mayor claims he is facing unprecedented budget problems, he has a choice to make. He is choosing between putting our communities first or continuing the practice of handing out millions of public dollars to private operators, even in the toughest of times," she told Chicago Business.
Let's hope public outcry brings the Chicago mayor back to his senses.