Chicago Teachers Union Berated for Supporting Guillotine in Front of Bezos’s House
“This is an excellent example of why parents need to be able to send their kids to private schools for an actual education.”
When a guillotine was placed in front of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s house, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) approved of the display: “We are completely frightened by, completely impressed by and completely in support of wherever this is headed. #Solidarity.”
But did the union use the royal we? Some CTU members went off on Twitter.
We are completely frightened by, completely impressed by and completely in support of wherever this is headed. #Solidarity https://t.co/IfsQgJaD1z
— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) August 27, 2020
The CTU states in its profile that it has “28,000 teachers, para-professionals, clinicians and support staff dedicated to giving Chicago’s students the schools they deserve.”
I don’t know about you but I would not want these people around any kids.
The Center Square, based in Illinois, reported on it, but I couldn’t find it in any other publication from Illinois. A Google search showed that right-leaning publications wrote about it.
The CTU has not deleted the tweet.
Are you serious?? What is wrong with you? Fuck off
— Duchess of Queens AnnaD (@AnnaDsays) August 29, 2020
This is an excellent example of why parents need to be able to send their kids to private schools for an actual education
— Mark C, austere BBQ scholar ?? (@UntraceableMC) August 29, 2020
And run their pension fund through that guillotine.
They didn’t keep their side of the deal (educating kids) why should taxpayers keep the other side?
— Joey S (@JoeySFromCO) August 29, 2020
Why? I’m CTU and disagree with this.
— Josh Locks (@LocksFamily) August 27, 2020
As a retired CTU member/teacher, I am appalled by the union’s apparent support for this. Knock it off and get back to what you should be doing – working for your members. This is absolutely disgusting!
— Knitr4Life (@ChrisWhoKnits) August 28, 2020
or be anywhere near them.
— Dagney Taggart (@odd_anomaly) August 30, 2020
As a CTU member and a major critic of global wealth inequality, I am definitely not comfortable with this endorsement by the union
— Bradley Crimmins (@bmcrimmins) August 27, 2020
[laughs in Robespierre.]
— A.S. Phoulle (@asimplefoolblog) August 29, 2020
As a CTU member, I am not comfortable with this. Please remove it. Advocating for violence (in effigy or otherwise) is not something we should be comfortable with.
— Bob Geiger (@BobGeigerXCTF) August 30, 2020
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Tweet winner from Joey S:
The guillotine tweet was an example of leadership talking for itself, not talking for all the teachers. It indicates that the crazy lefties are calling the shots.
Who elected the crazy lefties?
And if they don’t speak for teachers, why would teachers not vote the lefties out or withdraw their dues and membership from the union?
Waiting for similar complaints from these “concerned citizens” about the Trump effigy in guillotine….
Some will argue that the guillotine is expression and protected speech under 1st amendment. Assuming that the folks setting this up were not trespassing and were permitted and otherwise in compliance with state laws and municipal ordinances then the act of setting up a guillotine is protected speech.
On the other hand, if not compliant with state law and local ordinances it isn’t protected speech, it is a crime.
Even if lawful, the message sent to recipients is that the mob is coming to cut your head off. Personally I would view a guillotine combined with a mob outside my home as a threat. Everyone is free to hold their own opinion.
We are also free to interpret the situation, circumstances and growing violence of mind for ourselves and act as the tactical situation dictates based on that interpretation.
A truly peaceful and lawful protest is one thing. An angry unlawful mob is quite another. The appropriate response to each is clearly different but the response is based upon the actions of the initiating participants not the folks on the receiving end.
Hopefully the folks stoking the flames will begin to realize what they have wrought and act to calm the situation. Enough lives have been lost, business destroyed and dreams shattered.
When did things get accorded 1A rights? Can a gun or a molotov cocktail or a knife or a bottle of acid be accorded freedom of speech rights? Why not? A guillotine is a weapon.
Virginia v. Black is the 2002 Supreme Court Case that ruled that cross burning, in general, was protected under the First Amendment.
It is when the cross burning is used to intimidate, threaten or place a group, people or person in fear of their life that the act is not protected.
I don’t think this guillotine is protected at all.
A matter-settling opinion — that’s how good this entry is, particularly in both its reasoning and scope.
It effectively touches all bases with neither underestimation nor alarm, but rather with good, convincing sense.
Well done, and thanks for contributing.
Could that be construed as in “fear for your life”?? Just asking for a well-armed friend.
The path to communism is through the (trade) unions…stated by V.I. Lenin. Dear CTU fellow travelers and useful idiots, you look to be well on your way. You may want to brush up on the history of the French and Bolshevik Revolutions and quit trying to undo the American one.
Nothing says learned scholar like…”I don’t know where this cliff is headed but I’m excited to find out!”
regarding Nothing says learned scholar like…”I don’t know where this cliff is headed but I’m excited to find out!”
As I read your post I got a visual image of the Biblical passage where Jesus casts some demons into a herd of pigs and they ran off a cliff.
Could we give it a go to cast the DEM-ons heartless souls into pigs by a cliff …sorry pigs
That’s more of a D- rated
This could all be a misunderstanding. Keep in mind that these unions are led by people with public educations. They probably thought “Guillotine” is the name of the pretty blond French girl standing next to it. Hey, I approve of that!
Yes, and she has sisters, Chloreene, and Marjerene.
Just more proof that Trump is sowing discord and being hateful.
Someone is gonna have to explain to me the difference between this guillotine and a rope tied in a noose? Seriously-they both reflect unacceptable threats from extremes in our society. Maybe we should ask the mayor of Portland, he seems to suddenly be exuding such brilliance of thought after 90 days of fiddling while Portland burns. You just can’t make this stuff up.
For the record, 35 years ago when faced with educating my own children, I recognized that teacher’s unions were a leftist front group. While there are likely many well-intentioned teachers in public education, they are overshadowed by the nefarious-intentioned unions. We ponied up the $$ for private school until we could no longer afford it, then home-schooled them.
I did not want their minds to be influenced by the twisted pinheads who control the teachers’ unions.
I’m very glad to see movement now toward real school choice. The only way to reform public education is to put the teachers’ unions into the above guillotine and provide school choice with tax vouchers so that the expected mass exodus would make the failing schools finally close their doors.
One of tweets in the post is this:
Sadly, even in some of the best private schools that is just not true. 12 years ago (damn, time flies) my daughter attended a “super dooper” private school and was taught that a heat wave is conclusive evidence of global warming, and so is a cold spell.
I will second that. I taught for three years at the “elite” private school in my area. I was shocked at some of the nonsense that was taught. I gained a better understanding of how the world works when I gave the grandchild of a former senator a C and was encouraged to pursue other opportunities.
But you have a voice in the curriculum in a private school because you can vote with your feet and leave.
That’s the whole point.
Yep. At the time I was really proud to the chemistry and physics curricula for that school. Now, looking back, I am somewhat horrified a green 25 year old was charged with that task with no supervision at all.
The last time guillotines were displayed in public, they were used on every available aristocrat, intellectual and (later) dissident. I’d call that display a credible threat of deadly force.
I share this every chance it is relevant: https://chicago.chalkbeat.org/2020/7/23/21336564/black-and-latino-students-were-more-likely-to-receive-incompletes-during-pandemic
45% of Chicago elementary school teachers NEVER logged in during Spring remote learning. Almost half. That stat is buried in the last sentence of the article from a month ago.
Geez. It is insane any of them still have their job.
Placing a guillotine in front of someone’s house seems to be a threat of violence similar to burning a cross in front of their house.
Are both of these acts considered free speech, or are they considered to be harassment and intimidation? If someone placed a guillotine or a burning cross in my front yard, I would consider it to be a signal that an assault is imminent.
What exactly are they protesting? The increase in prime membership fees?
I wonder what these “teachers” are teaching their students? It looks like Hate America starts early in Chicago.
Heh, how’s that wapo working out for you there jeffery? Jesus, two hundred billion and still the dumbest kid on the block. I’m going to laugh myself silly when they pull you apart like a roast chicken. Ummm, yummy, billionaire. Idiot.
I wonder if it would be considered free speech to hack that thing to pieces with my ‘free speech axe’ and then burn it? If they left it on my driveway, clearly it’s a gift.
Well, this is embarrassing….for you.
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