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Chicago thuggery personified: Meet Chicago Teachers’ Union president Karen Lewis

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 10, 2012 10:52 AM

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This is the woman leading the walkout of 26,000 public school teachers in Chicago. Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, is a loud-mouthed “social justice” radical whose Big Labor racket would rather abandon 350,000 children to the streets than accept merit-based pay, teacher evaluations, and a 16 percent pay raise. The school board had already caved considerably on the union’s demands, but as the Chicago Sun-Times put it: “From the get-go, the union seemed intent on striking.”

Last night, Lewis mocked public charter schools that are defying the strike and doing their jobs as not “real” schools.

Derision is her specialty. Her tirades at teachers’ confabs are infamous. Don’t feel sorry for her when she moans about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bully tactics and trash mouth. Lewis has one of her own. Here she is bragging about smoking weed in college, cracking homophobic slurs about Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s lisp, and whining about teachers being “demonized” at a “social justice” conference:

Here’s the full rant:

Via The American Thinker:

Angry at former Chicago Public School chief and now U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, an old pal and neighbor of President Barack Obama (D), for his support of (public) non union charter schools, this oh so sensitive teacher, understanding his differences delicately observed:

“Now, you know he (Duncan) went to private school ’cause if he had gone to public school he would have had that lisp fixed.”
Making it all better she mockingly added,
“I know, that was ugly, wasn’t it? I’m sorry.”

The teachers, learning about teaching for social justice, chuckled at this profound insight.

(Duncan attended the [private] University of Chicago Lab School, the same school the Obamas placed their daughters while living in Chicago and where new mayor and Obama pal Rahm Emanuel’s children now learn.The children of the latter two do not seem to lisp.)

Continuing her pacing as she lectured about teaching for social justice, Lewis highlighted good differences, using herself as an example.

“I am the only black woman in the class of 1974 from Dartmouth College. Woo. People are impressed. Let me tell you, I spent those years smoking lots of weed, self-medicating. Self-medicating, thank you. Sounds like you all did to. Oh, I’m sorry there are kids here, I wasn’t suppose to say that right? Too late!”

But that’s ok because she also speculated about Duncan’s years at Harvard:

“He was an athlete, so he might not have been self-medicating, but I wouldn’t count on it.”

The teachers, learning about teaching for social justice, appreciated the potty talk.

Blaming the bearer of the bad news, the Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement:

CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement in response to a viral video promoted by right-wing, anti-public education advocates. The edited clip features remarks made by President Karen GJ Lewis in a keynote address before the Rethinking Schools – Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference which convened in Seattle last month.

Whoops! Bad differences. Using its right of free speech, the Education Action Group distributed the video, thereby earning the honorary title of “right wing and anti education.”

Meanwhile, Karen Lewis, a self described former comedian (couldn’t you tell?), and her liberal community valiantly paces back and forth, blaming and mocking everyone but the parents, the community, the mentality for the problems of a significant portion of young people.

Cuz that’s real social justice.

Here’s Lewis chumming it up with former Communist Party leader Michael Klonsky, who praises her as a “fist-in-the-air, crowd-rousing, dynamic union leader.” Asked to explain increasing dissatisfaction with public education, Lewis blames lack of respect for government union teachers’ leaders on…”lower class students” and “students of color.” It’s always someone else’s fault:

Out: “For the children.”

In: Blame the children. Screw the children. But then, that was always the teachers’ union’s way.


Via EAGNews: FLASHBACK: Chicago Teachers Union member tells taxpayers: “Give up the bucks!”



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