Discipline by race: Why racial quotas for public school discipline will fail

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Alvimann for Morguefile.com

HOUSTON, January 24 – Earlier this month the shameless race-baiter Attorney General Eric Holder and Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, presented their very startling opinions regarding the administration’s sincere belief that widespread, institutional racism is present, and has been present, in every single public school district in the country.

To combat this faux-crisis, the administration has effectively enforced racial quotas on school disciplinary policies. Just like with the Stimulus and Obamacare, this new policy is certain to fail and to hurt those whom it is intended to help, the most.

The Obama administration, in a “Dear Colleague” letter  that was sent to every school district in the country, makes claims of widespread, institutional racism based solely on a disparity in  the statistical difference between the percentage of white students and the percentage of black students suspended or expelled.

Black students are suspended and expelled at higher rates than whites in almost every school district in the country.

On the surface, that may seem like a shocking fact, but much more needs to be taken into account. The administration focuses very heavily on the statistic showing that blacks are disciplined more often than whites. Conveniently ignored by the Obama administration are the statistics regarding asian students being suspended and expelled at rates far below that of white students.

This statistic is not given any consideration by the Obama administration in the Dear Colleague letter. Apparently that racial disparity is perfectly acceptable to the Obama administration.

There are two possibilities behind these differences in racial statistics: First, that teachers, administrators and principals have, for centuries, been making decisions to punish children based on their race; or, that minority students commit more school infractions, and therefore the statistical difference in the rate of suspensions and expulsions would be completely justified.

The Dear Colleague letter uses very strong and direct language to completely and immediately reject the possibility that black students commit more school disciplinary violations. “In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students. In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”

The letter went on to state, “…research suggests that the substantial racial disparities of the kind reflected in the CRDC (Civil Rights Data Center) data are not explained by more frequent or more serious misbehavior by students of color.”

This possibility, that blacks may commit more school disciplinary violations, is not further addressed in the 32 page letter.

The Obama administration’s solution is to essentially create racial quotas for school discipline; every school will now supply statistics on the race of students who are disciplined and if the statistics do not conform to what the Dept. of Justice wants, that school district will be sued and/or lose some or all of it’s federal funding.

This policy will have two direct and immediate effects: the standard for misbehavior for blacks will be lowered, while the standard for misbehavior for whites will be heightened. In essence, Obama has decreed that a different set of laws and rules must be applied to different groups of students based solely on skin color. If a school district is concerned that its racial statistics may be unacceptable to the Dept. of Justice, it will do two things: locate and punish white students for minor infractions so the school can then punish black students for severe infractions, evening out the racial statistics.

To most people, there could not be a clearer example of a racist policy.

Obama truly believes this policy is not racist, but completely fair and just. Obama defines justice and fairness in terms of outcomes, and not the equal application of  the laws and rules for everyone. Therefore, if more blacks are being suspended and expelled, regardless if school rules are being applied equally to every student, Obama’s version of justice requires the government to step in and stop these racist school policies and to do whatever is necessary to make the results of these policies racially acceptable to the liberal overseers.

To Obama, neglect and despair from poor living conditions has created resentment in many black students which leads to students acting out. He believes these students cannot be blamed for this – it is society’s fault for allowing these conditions to persist and not doing anything about it.

Therefore, to change these bad actors’ behavior, all that Obama believes must be done is to alleviate the societal conditions that create feelings of neglect and despair, and with that relief, students will stop acting out. This is his personal justification for the massive transfers of wealth from the doers to the do-nots that have occurred under his administration.

As he waits for his economic policies to further bring down whites and Asians and to lift up blacks, Obama will do what he thinks is the next best option for the black community: lower the standards for blacks for school discipline.

To Obama, any significant statistical racial disparity is caused by some form of discrimination and injustice that can be solved using the articulated reason of a small group of elite, chosen few. Most statistical disparities between races are actually attributable to other factors; most importantly, family make-up. A 2012 study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, found that 25.8 percent of all American children are raised by a single parent, and an unbelievably high 72% of black children are raised in single parent homes.

Studies continually show that children of one parent homes, regardless of race, are much more likely to be suspended or expelled. When the percentage of students from two parent homes suspended or expelled is compared to those from one parent homes,the racial disparities all but disappear.

With these new school racial discipline quotas, Obama has sent the message to black children that society is at fault for the situation they find themselves in, and that they should not work harder to overcome their current situation, instead they should wait for the government to help them. It will foster a sense of entitlement and resentment, and will destroy black children’s hope in their future in America, all the while obscuring from reality the true cause of their struggles.

American society has been formed over the course of hundreds of years through the experience of millions of individuals. Over time, through this collective experience, systemic processes developed which have allowed American society to function at the highest possible level, culminating with the development of a system that has lifted more people out of poverty than any other system ever created in the history of the world.

When one man, or a small group of individuals think that their articulated reason holds the solution to all of society’s ills, history tells us that this will lead to the destruction of the societal institutions that have developed through the experience and collective knowledge of all who came before us in this great country, and have allowed for the greatest degree of social mobility in history.

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  • Tanya Grimsley

    Most excellent article!