Much is to be said about the revolutionary… but an elementary kid who protests, with uncommon conviction, against the shutting down of his city’s schools is, for lack of a better word, astonishing.
Asean Johnson, a 9-year-old student at Chicago’s Marcus Garvey Elementary School delivered a speech beyond his years, moving a mass of hundreds. During a rally to challenge the closing of 54 Chicago public schools by an un-elected board appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel –– former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama –– Asean more than expressed his discontent towards the mayor and his decisions.
Rahm thinks we are all toys… he is not caring about our schools; he’s not caring about our safety, He only cares about his kids. He does not care about anyone but himself. He moved a woman in from Detroit who don’t even know anything about the streets of Chicago to close these schools. She should not be closing these schools. They need safety and protection.
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 informing Rahm Emanuel we are not toys. We are not going down without a fight.
It is 90 percent of school closings are African American. This is racism right here.
The boy wonder ended his passionate call-to-action with a fiery chant: “Education is our right, that is why we have to fight.”
If there was ever such a thing as a good problem, Asean Johnson is it. Even as Emanuel sticks to his guns and asserts that he’s only doing what is best for Chicago, Asean sparks new hope for his generation.