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Chicago Teachers Union deletes tweet labeling push to reopen schools as ‘rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny’

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After deleting a tweet claiming that the effort to reopen school is “rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny,” the Chicago Teachers Union is facing severe backlash, The Washington Examiner reported Monday.

This comes as many schools across the country have returned to exclusively online learning, as COVID-19 cases spike around the country and alarmingly sends the total number of related deaths in the U.S. past 282,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Many parents across the nation, however, have resisted these changes and have called on schools to let children continue learning in person.

According to a screenshot of the now-deleted tweet, it was published on Sunday at 1:03 pm and had accumulated almost 2,000 quote tweets compared to its nearly 600 likes.

The CTU, The Examiner‘s Tyler Van Dyke writes, has published numerous tweets highlighting the growing disparities in health outcomes from the novel coronavirus for people of color. One of their retweets called social distancing a “privilege,” pointing to a study that showed neighborhoods which had “crowded housing or had fewer people who could work from home” and neighborhoods composed predominantly of people of color “saw more COVID-19 deaths,” Van Dyke reports.

“For each additional percentage point of the population that was Black, there was a 32 percent increase in the COVID-19 death rate, and for each additional percentage point of the population that was Hispanic/Latino, there was an 19 percent increase in the COVID-19 death rate,” the study states. “Conversely, neighborhoods with a higher percentage of Asian or white residents saw lower death rates.”

Some critics of the CTU, Van Dyke writes, refer to a California lawsuit launched by seven families who allege that remote learning in the Golden State “left many already-underserved students functionally unable to attend school,” according to The Washington Post. Education advocates have been worrying about remote learning, claiming that it “will widen the achievement gap that separates Black, Latino and poor students from their peers.”

Following the overwhelming criticism they received from the tweet, the CTU posted a tweet on Sunday addressing the controversy, writing that reopening schools was a “complex issue” which “requires nuance” and “much more discussion.”

“Fair enough. Complex issue,” the CTU tweeted. “Requires nuance. And much more discussion. More important, the people and the decision affects deserve more. So we’ll continue [to] give them that.”

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Want to read more about this story? Read the full Washington Examiner story here.

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Federal Reserve Economist on hidden camera: ‘we don’t want Trump to be in the government’

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Hidden Camera captures Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve talking about Jerome Powell’s legacy as “somebody who held the line against like, Trump.” According to hidden camera footage of Aurel Hizmo, principal economist at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. agency could have fixed inflation a while ago but refused to do so for fear of hurting President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts.

Hizmo told an undercover reporter that the Fed stopped raising the rates to tackle inflation because it could cause a recession that would likely end Biden’s 2024 campaign.

The influential agency responsible for maintaining a stable monetary system appears to not just be establishing interest rates, but to be setting policies for desired social outcomes. “Under Powell, the Fed has changed to think about equity issues, like racial issues, think about wealth inequality as part of the mandate, as part of the things we are following. Think about climate change.” Aurel Hizmo, Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve, who prior to working at the Fed was an Assistant Professor helps write speeches for Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell for the Federal Open Market Committee.

Hizmo says “Trump is just a crazy person” and conservatives are “dumb” as he describes to OMG’s American Swiper Citizen Journalist a politicized Federal Reserve Board where Powell has promoted ESG issues like climate change and “wants to be remembered in history” “as a savior.” But shhh…don’t tell anyone because Hizmo says: “I’m just really worried that I’m saying stuff that’s classified…It’s all classified.”

 

 

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