Weingarten Apologizes, and Throws In a Free Lecture on American Jewry

She did the sensible thing, even if the execution was clumsy.

I’m not going to parse her apology, but there is still one question left unanswered.

Let’s look once again at the relevant portion of the interview:

I think some people are very skeptical of the power that they perceive teachers unions to have. They look at, for example, the ongoing struggles in Los Angeles, where they see this big dollar figure of aid being given for school reopening and are baffled by the perceived resistance of teachers to going back to work.

Notice the interviewer uses “perceived” in reference to both teachers union power and resistance to reopening. Weingarten was handed an easy out. She could have simply said that the perception of “some people” was wrong.

Instead she said, in part:

What I hear when I hear that question is that those who are in the ownership class now want to take that ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it.

We still don’t know how wanting to reopen schools, and seeing teachers unions as an obstacle to that desire, are examples of Jews in the ownership class wanting to take the “ladder of opportunity” away from the disadvantaged.

Judging from the apology, Weingarten is not going to volunteer the answer to that question, but I don’t blame her. It was a failure of the interviewer to put it to her. Unfortunately, it is a failure shared by some of her peers.

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