Awesome 9-Year-Old Righteously Shames Rahm Emanuel Over Chicago School Closings
When 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. TheÂ closuresÂ 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 StaffÂ Rahm EmanuelÂ for not supporting schools in lower-income and minority areas.
â€œYou should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You should be supporting these schools, not closing them.Â We shall not be moved today. Weâ€™re going to city hall â€¦ We are not going down without a fight.â€
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 rightÂ decision.