Awesome 9-Year-Old Righteously Shames Rahm Emanuel Over Chicago School Closings

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Asean Johnson Slams EmanuelWhen I was nine years old I was so shy I could barely give my order at McDonalds, let alone speak to a crowd of thousands of on-lookers. But that is just what Asean Johnson, a Chicago student, did earlier this week at a rally protesting the possible closing of more than 50 schools in the city.

Asean’s problem with the situation is simple. The closures  will affect a number of minority schools that is disproportionate to the number of non-minority ones. Already a talented orator, Asean captivated the crowd as he slamed Chicago’s mayor, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for not supporting schools in lower-income and minority areas.

“You should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You should be supporting these schools, not closing them. We shall not be moved today. We’re going to city hall … We are not going down without a fight.”

I, for one, was impressed and moved by Asean’s speech. It’s inspiring to see such a young kid care so much about his community and even more inspiring to see him get up and do something about it. The Chicago school board is set to make a final decision today about which schools will close. I sincerely hope they listen to this young voice and make the right decision.

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