I am writing this letter to express my concerns and frustrations with the directions that the leaders of our country at the national, state and local level are taking us, its citizens, in. It is hard to believe that our national conversation has devolved to the point that teachers are considered to be the ones enjoying lives of privilege with Cadillac benefits and the accoutrements normally associated with the ruling class.
As a teacher and former social worker, I have come to realize that I have no one but myself to blame for not speaking up when our elected leaders were dismantling the hard-fought protections and safeguards that the labor movement have won so I can enjoy the rights of my profession.
I did not appreciate that the middle class was built on the dreams, sweat and yes, blood, of the American labor force that sacrificed for the good of the movements they were a part of. I want to offer my voice and my apology now to all of the teachers, firefighters, nurses, police officers, auto workers, machinists and workers of all stripes throughout the country for not supporting you.
Now that they have come for me, a teacher, I understand that we all must stand or fall together.
To the leaders who hold the very livelihoods of the working and professional class in your proxy hands, by your votes and legislations, I urge you to consider this. Once the poor and middle class have been drained of their resources and lives, who will be left to scapegoat and subjugate?