AFT boss calls Jews the “ownership class,” wants all pupils vaccinated or – no school!

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About 50 million U.S. children and their 1.7 million teachers must wear masks and/or be vaccinated in the Fall, according to Randi Weingarten.

Not everyone totally agrees with her, including fellow Jews, and Randi says she knows why.

American Jews are now part of the ownership class,” she recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Those who are in the ownership class now want to take that ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) since 2008, Weingarten has become the public voice of resistance by teachers to return to in-person instruction, instead of computers or smartphones.

Her blatant criticism of Jews seems odd for someone who heads a union with a huge percentage of Jewish members.

Weingarten’s comments are not only offensive racial slurs, but also dangerous provocations that might spark even more religious hate crimes against American Jews.

Why such antisemitism from someone married to a Reform Rabbi – Sharon Kleinbaum, who heads an LGBTQ congregation Beit Simcha Torah, Manhattan? The AFT President explains it this way:

Jews were immigrants from somewhere else, Randi said.

They needed the right to have public education. And they needed power to have enough income and wealth for their families that they could put their kids through college and their kids could do better than they have done.

Both economic opportunity through the labor movement and an educational opportunity through public education were key for Jews to go from the working class to the ownership class.

If Weingarten checked her facts she might spit-whistle a different aria.

Some 45% percent of children in Jewish homes are living in poor, or near poor, households.

Between 16 percent and 20 percent of these households are earning less than $30,000, with seven percent making $15,000 or less.

In fact, while some of the most dire cases are, not surprisingly, retirement-age and elderly people, young adults are also among those most affected, according to the Jewish Journal.

Neil Goldstein, a noted writer at Bloomberg News, recently blasted Weingarten for her class warfare in this open letter:

Today, I write regarding your comment in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency stating unequivocally that ‘American Jews are now part of the ownership class…’

Although I studied political science, the “ownership class” is not one with which I am familiar. It can be surmised as a generalization that all of your fellow Jews are wealthy and of means.

My large, extended Jewish family is financially and economically diverse. Some of us have means. However the majority squeak by in the middle class. A sudden job loss or medical emergency would cause devastating financial problems. And my family includes many lower middle class and poor people. Some cousins lost their homes due to foreclosure. Others are on fixed incomes due to disabilities or age.

Goldstein explained that “there are cousins so destitute that when they put out a plea that they needed money for food, I went online grocery shopping with them so they could have food delivered to their door…”

Have you met a poor Jew? Have you met a Jew that did not have enough to have three meals a day? They exist. Ask any Jewish Federation in the United States. Our Jewish Federations work tirelessly to assist Jews and non-Jews in need.

Unfortunately, this was unknown to me during times in my life when I was unemployed and in financial despair. Unemployment covered my rent, but there was little left over for more than instant ramen to eat…

On a positive note, I had a college degree and thus, in the eyes of many, might have been seen as a full-fledged member of the “ownership class.” But it was a few dollars, not the degree, that put food in my mouth.

Goldstein is a former six-term elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia Government.

Net Worth Post estimates Weingarten’s wealth at $15 million, which may explain her estimation of fellow Jews.

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