Chicago Mayor Emanuel: ‘There Is a Good Reason People Are Mad At You’

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In the section of her weekly weekend show where she writes letters to address weighty political issues, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry lambastes Mayor Rahm Emanuel about why some Chicagoans are angry at him. She says the answer should be readily apparent to anyone following recent headlines about the 50 schools slated to be closed.  “It’s certainly obvious to nine-year-old Asean Johnson, who gave the mayor a piece of his mind when his elementary school was on the chopping block,” she says.
 
Below is an excerpt of the letter to the mayor: 
 
“Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
 
It’s me, Melissa. Mind if I call you Rahm? Or how about Rahmbo!
 
Remember that? That was the nickname you earned yourself back when you were the gladiator to President Obama’s Olivia Pope. The bad cop to his good one.
 
The Merlin to the president’s King Arthur. The guy the New York Times once described as“the leading practitioner of the dark arts of the capital.” Back when you were the White House Chief of Staff you used your special magic to help the president advance his agenda.
 
I miss that guy.
 
This guy on the Time cover in 2013? Not so much. “Chicago Bull?” Only if it’s describing what you’re full of.
 
Because let’s be honest, Rahm, your reasons for closing those 50 schools doesn’t quite hold water. You’ve said reassigning students from closed schools to higher performing schools is intended to make sure every child can get a quality school with a quality education. But the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research found no demonstrable improvement for students whose schools are closed.
 
In fact, in the short term, the stress and anxiety of being displaced actually causes students to do even worse academically. As for the need to close that billion dollar budget deficit? Funny how that need is pressing only when it comes to schools in predominately black and Latino neighborhoods and not when you’re using $100 million of taxpayer dollars to build a basketball arena for DePaul University…”
 
Read more at MSNBC.

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