9-year-old slams Rahm over Chicago schools

"We are not toys, we are not going down without a fight ... This is racism," boy tells mayor over closures

Published May 22, 2013 3:27PM (EDT)

 Asean Johnson, 9 (YouTube)
Asean Johnson, 9 (YouTube)

Earlier this week, thousands of students and parents and supporters rallied in Chicago to protest plans to shutter 53 public schools, disproportionately affecting black, low-income families . Nine-year-old Asean Johnson, his school facing closure, had a few fierce words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A must watch:

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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