In the wake of this week’s violent riots on the streets of Baltimore in response to the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, American Federation of Teachers president and notable rich person Randi Weingarten has released a statement blaming “inequality, bias and racism.”
“We are anguished by what’s happening in Baltimore,” Weingarten and union executive Lorretta Johnson, a Baltimore native, said in a press release sent to The Daily Caller.
“Thousands of people have spent the last week peacefully protesting and demanding answers and justice for Freddie Gray, as his family asked,” the pair declared.
“We understand the frustration that mounts with each incident where an unarmed black or Latino man loses his future, and with the hopelessness that stems from poverty and joblessness. We condemn the inequality, bias and racism that spawn these cycles of violence,” they also said.
Weingarten and Johnson condemned the violence.
“In communities across the country, we’ve seen that just as violence begets violence, extending an open hand helps unclench fists. Today, Baltimore educators joined with community members to clean up damage in neighborhoods.”
Additionally, they called for increased funding in taxpayer-funded schools, calling public schools “one of the smartest investments a city can make.”
Weingarten, who complains loudly and routinely about the salaries of American teachers, makes at least $360,000 per year. (RELATED: Teachers Union Fat Cat Lives In America’s Top 1 Percent, Expresses Concern About Teacher Pay)
Her salary puts her puts her squarely in the top one percent of all Americans. (RELATED: Randi Weingarten Is Really Sad She Makes $326,300 More Than A Typical Preschool Teacher, You Guys)
She brings home $30,000 each month — or about $7,500 per week, or $1,500 per workday.
By way of comparison, a typical American elementary school teacher earns $56,130 annually. Thus, Weingarten enjoys a yearly income that is 641 percent more than the income of an average grade school teacher.
The Baltimore riots have caused the burning of two patrol cars, injuries to 15 police officers and the destruction of about 20 buildings by arson.