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Union boss Karen Lewis blames ‘rich white people’ for Chicago school district woes
Education Action Group News ^ | June 19, 2013 | Ben Velderman

Posted on 06/19/2013 9:11:25 AM PDT by Zakeet

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is full of excuses for why the city’s schools are hemorrhaging money, failing to educate students, and laying off teachers by the hundreds.

During her tenure as union head, Lewis has blamed Chicago Public Schools’ problems on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, charter schools, standardized tests, bankers, venture capitalists, a lack of funding and “a culture of fear.”

During a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Lewis focused on her two most inflammatory excuses for CPS’ failures: “racism” and “rich white people.”

“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?” Lewis asked the decidedly upscale audience.

“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,” she said, according to SubstanceNews.net.

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After blaming the district’s problems on white people and literally calling for billions in new taxes, Lewis pushed back against perceptions she’s a far-left extremist.

“There is nothing radical about me other than I want each and every student in Chicago to get the best education we have to offer–an equal education,” Lewis declared.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; racism; schools; taxes
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You Freepers get to discuss the elephant in the room on this thread!

1 posted on 06/19/2013 9:11:25 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I guess they ALL channel Jeremiah Wright...


2 posted on 06/19/2013 9:12:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zakeet

With her attitude, it is long past time that all those Rich White Problem-Creators stopped paying her their taxes!
If she doesn’t appreciate their bankrolling her (and her grocery bill), they should withdraw their subsidy of same and let her provide better for herself.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 9:13:04 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: Zakeet

Those rich white people are union leaders and democrats.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 9:13:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Zakeet

I thought all the “rich white people” were moving out. Things should be getting better every day.


5 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:10 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Zakeet

There’s no Republican party to speak of in Chicago, so I guess those white people she’s speaking to are white Democrats.


6 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:23 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zakeet
“Lewis pushed back against perceptions she’s a far-left extremist”

All right, I will just say it, she is not a far-left extremist she is a COMMUNIST!

7 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:31 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Zakeet

What’s your salary+benefits, Karen? How much did your house cost you?


8 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Does Bill have a job yet?)
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To: Zakeet

The elephant in the room? How about recognizing the elephant in the mirror? Wow, she hasn’t missed many, has she?


9 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:46 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Zakeet

Stop digging Karen, play nice and Rahm will give you a nice Section 8 voucher to take to the burbs, don’t play nice and suddenly and without warning the news media in Chicago will find out you are not a “nice” person.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:46 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Zakeet

I didn’t know Jabba had a sister ...


11 posted on 06/19/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Zakeet

I’ll bet this racist thinks Zimmerman hunted down and murdered Martin too.

I have a high tolerance for a lot of things, but this business of racists calling other people racist is starting to bug me.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 9:17:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Zakeet
When are we going to address the elephant in the room?

Well, hello there, Karen!!!

Man, she has a whole deck of race cards.

13 posted on 06/19/2013 9:18:03 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: tacticalogic

Because the “rich white people” moving out caused the problem.

If only the racist rich white people would have stayed in the minority school districts and subjected their kids to violence at the hands of the minorities while getting their property and income fleeced,

the schools would be fine.


14 posted on 06/19/2013 9:18:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Zakeet
It's the food's fault. On that note, I wonder how much school funding is diverted to her lunches.
15 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Zakeet

It’s time to fire up the back-to-Africa movement.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:27 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Zakeet

Here’s hoping she zeroes in on the whitest and richest of the evil ones: Rahm Emanuel and his rich white boss, Barack Obama.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:48 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Zakeet

I wonder if she’s a related to Bertha Lewis of ACORN fame?


18 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Zakeet

I don’t want her
You can have her,
She’s too fat for me

I like full-figured gals, but she’s Jabba!


19 posted on 06/19/2013 9:20:06 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Zakeet

Karen, you corpulent slut.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 9:20:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Zakeet

not every kid equally desires an education as much as others. some just want to dance all day, dress like gangster thugs, and try to hve sex with as many other girls and boys as they can.

the real/elephant in the room is people like her and her ideologies that have helped destroy the black family. uncle sugar ain’t a great daddy. he can’t stop the boys from becoming criminal feral youts and he can’t stop the girls fom become entitlement-conceited baby making machines.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 9:20:52 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Zakeet
Detroit 2013 - Chicago 2015


22 posted on 06/19/2013 9:21:02 AM PDT by DManA
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To: tacticalogic

I never understand the racism charge in schools. In these heavily minority school districts, the people on the Board of Education, school administrators, principals, and teachers,are all mostly black or other minorities as well. So if the people running things are themselves minority, how can we talk about white racism as a problem???? Or how can we talk about it and be intellectually honest????


23 posted on 06/19/2013 9:21:19 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: cuban leaf

i’m sorry, your race card has been declined.


24 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:05 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: DManA

Chicago will be far worse when it goes down.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Zakeet

Karen, to find out whose fault it is, look in the mirror-—quick,before it breaks!


26 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:15 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Zakeet

Karen, to find out whose fault it is, look in the mirror-—quick,before it breaks!


27 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:37 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: tacticalogic

“I thought all the “rich white people” were moving out. Things should be getting better every day.”

Love it.

Pure truth, and the argument pulls the rug from under the whale....if there are rollers under the rug.....


28 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Zakeet
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-11/news/ct-met-teachers-strike-karen-lewis-20120911_1_chicago-teachers-union-union-president-chemistry-teacher

Lewis assumed the CTU presidency in June 2010. “Teachers union officials declined to provide information on Lewis’ salary,” The Chicago Tribune reports, but records show that she made more than $71,000 for half a year’s work in 2010 — along with compensation from the Illinois Federation of Teachers in 2011 totaling at least an additional $64,000 on top of her unknown base salary and benefits.

29 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:58 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Zakeet

What exactly is her job? Is she a teacher?

Does she have an expense account?

Does she actually work or is she just loud and useless?


30 posted on 06/19/2013 9:23:22 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Zakeet

Chicago’s version of Elba Esther Gordillo Morales, former head of the Mexican Teachers Union, who was arrested by the Mexican authorities on 26 February 2013 on charges of embezzlement and organized crime. Google the name if you wanna see industrial strength fugly.


31 posted on 06/19/2013 9:24:01 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Zakeet
Remember when people only looked that way in cartoons?


32 posted on 06/19/2013 9:24:19 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: Zakeet

Macaca.


33 posted on 06/19/2013 9:25:00 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Zakeet
That’d take up a whole row in coach.
34 posted on 06/19/2013 9:25:15 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Zakeet

Didn’t the teachers union just ratify a new contract?


35 posted on 06/19/2013 9:25:28 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Zakeet

Unfortunately, the true reason for the districts problems is because of the students and teachers and administrators generally low intelligence and poor impulse control. However, Americans cannot accept the fact that biology is governing the district as such an idea conflicts with deep seated democratic prejudices: i.e. egalitarianism. To put it another way on the Nature Vs, Nurture controversy Americans inevitably fall on the Nurture side.


36 posted on 06/19/2013 9:26:24 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe poor black people failed to provide for themselves. That’s what being stupid and lazy does for ya.


37 posted on 06/19/2013 9:26:31 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Zakeet
Welfare crack-smoking absentee parents raising plopping out future welfare crack-smoking kids is NOT the problem. Oh noooo, hell no. Its white people. You know... the white people that work everyday... live in clean, safe neighborhoods... raise their kids to be productive citizens... yeah, its their fault.
38 posted on 06/19/2013 9:26:58 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Zakeet

“Rich white people”

Translation: The Joos.


39 posted on 06/19/2013 9:26:58 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Zakeet

“racism” and “rich white people.”

I knew the problems of the Chicago government schools were attributable to 1) racism, 2) rich white people, or 3) aliens from the Planet Zenon, but had not been able to narrow it down until this latest pronouncement from Chicago’s Jabba the Hutt.

Thanks, Karen—you’re the perfect picture for Chicago’s government education—ignorant almost beyond comprehension.


40 posted on 06/19/2013 9:27:47 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cuban leaf

The thing about human garbage is that it comes in the full color pallet.


41 posted on 06/19/2013 9:28:12 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SpaceBar
It’s time to fire up the back-to-Africa movement.

Fortunately, Somoa Airlines is up to the task


42 posted on 06/19/2013 9:28:57 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: Zakeet

Is this African American woman saying that it is impossible for black people to educate black kids without the help of white people? Does she mean that? If so, does she have any idea why white people seem to be able to educate white kids without the help of black folks?

Exactly how does that work?


43 posted on 06/19/2013 9:29:23 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: cripplecreek
I wonder if she’s a related to Bertha Lewis of ACORN fame?

More like Bertha Butt, of the Butt Sisters.

44 posted on 06/19/2013 9:29:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Secret Agent Man

i’m sorry, your race card has been declined.


Dang! I never even used the thing before! That’s not FAIR!!!


45 posted on 06/19/2013 9:31:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Zakeet

One of the few things the Democrats are good at (other than lying and stealing other people’s money) is blaming other people for their failures.

Democrats ruin everything they touch. Then they brag about how great they are and blame someone else for their failures.


46 posted on 06/19/2013 9:31:31 AM PDT by detective
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"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 you can find some black folks who are not racist. That would be a good start.

47 posted on 06/19/2013 9:32:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: Zakeet

When are we going to address the elephant in the room?


Sounds like she’s looking for attention.

There are certain phrases that are best avoided by people of her...uh...girth.


48 posted on 06/19/2013 9:32:52 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"I never understand the racism charge in schools. In these heavily minority school districts, the people on the Board of Education, school administrators, principals, and teachers,are all mostly black or other minorities as well. So if the people running things are themselves minority, how can we talk about white racism as a problem???? Or how can we talk about it and be intellectually honest????"

I have raised a similar question in Seattle, where there are periodic accusations that school discipline is unfairly meted out to minorities by racist white teachers and administrators, and where the educational needs of minorities are supposedly not met. But some of the recent superintendents were black, and the teachers are presumably mostly white, Democratic liberals, and the teachers' union supports liberal Democrats. So if all these liberals are running the show, how is it possible that the entire system is supposedly characterized by racism and the neglect of minority interests?
49 posted on 06/19/2013 9:33:14 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Zakeet

That’s a good one.

Chicago.......a city in the United States of South Africa.


50 posted on 06/19/2013 9:33:46 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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