Wednesday, at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, the liberal Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis (photo right) demanded Illinois shift to a progressive income tax system and end "corporate loopholes." Lewis said Illinois' current system relieves big businesses and millionaires from paying their fair share of taxes that could go to pay for more public schools, union teachers and staff members.
Then she blamed "rich, white people" and "venture capitalists" for poverty and racism, stating:
“And, 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? 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. And, when did all of these venture capitalists become so interested in the lives of minority students in the first place? There is something about these folks who love the kids but hate the parents. There’s something about these folks who use little black and brown children as stage props at one press conference while announcing they want to fire, layoff or lock up their parents at another press conference.
“I know no one likes to talk about race, especially since so many people believe we are living in post- racial America--even though Chicago remains the most segregated city in the United States. There is nothing wrong about dreaming that everyone is equal; that all playing fields are even; and that all anyone needs to succeed is equal opportunity to get ahead---but we have to work on this together to make this happen.
“Whether they want to be bus drivers or bankers—it is our job to give our students the best, high-quality (and equitable) education available. This is our responsibility. Our obligation. It is our job to encourage the dreamers. To give them a stable and supportive environment and the tools and discipline they need to succeed."
Karen Lewis was elected president of the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union on June 11, 2010. Some of her most loyal union members are urging Lewis to challenge Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
From Lewis' entired speech available HERE: Download Karen-Lewis_CIty-Club-of-Chicago_6-18