The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long said lead to a school-to-prison pipeline that discriminates against minority students.
That they’ve “long said” this means they’ve long been blind.
The official disciplinary policies of schools do not discriminate. Are some teachers and principals discriminating? Perhaps they are, perhaps they aren’t.
Attorney General Eric Holder blames zero-tolerance policies, which, as AP describes them, “often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.”
The Left’s logic, such as it is, is that black kids are in trouble for truancy more often than whites because school administrators simply ignore or don’t punish as harshly the white truants. The reality is in contradiction with their logic, though; are black kids not the ones usually skipping school? Of course they are; they want to skip school, smoke marijuana, and loiter on sidewalks harassing passing women.
How about carrying a weapon? More blacks are punished for carrying a weapon than whites are. Does this mean discipline is not as harsh for white students who bring weapons to school, or does it mean that blacks more often bring weapons to school?
Considering that blacks bring guns even to baptisms, I think we know the answer to that. Whereas the NRA teaches us to respect guns, rap music teaches blacks to treat guns merely as dangerous toys effective at threatening people who irk you.
The Left often accuses the justice system of being racist as well, and for equally illogical reasons. A white man kills his wife, gets twenty years; a black man kills his wife, gets life. It seems wrong, if you look at it so shallowly, as does the Left.
What they don’t bother learning is whether the black man had a history of any other felonies or of abusing his wife (which is usually the case with blacks), or whether the murder was premeditated or in the heat of the moment. These factors affect sentencing.
It’s the same with school discipline.
In American schools, black students without disabilities were more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended, according to government civil rights data collection from 2011-2012. Although black students made up 15 percent of students in the data collection, they made up more than a third of students suspended once, 44 percent of those suspended more than once and more than a third of students expelled.
There is actually nothing unseemly about that at all. It’s more or less in line with the rate of black violence in America. When controlling for their relative low population here, blacks commit the majority of the crime. It’s just a statistical fact (and therefore a racist one) that if they weren’t here, the crime rate of America wouldn’t be so shameful; it’d be envied.
It’s totally natural for black kids to be punished in school more often since they break the rules more often.