Obama Tells Schools Not to Punish Black Students Equally
President Obama has thrown himself into America’s schools, specifically their disciplinary practices. You see, an unfortunate fact about our society today is that African Americans commit more than their share of crime, and are also much more likely to misbehave as children in school. Even more unfortunate is how Obama has stepped forward to announce that this isn’t fair, and to fix it schools should focus more on punishing other races to “even out the playing field,” so to speak. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again:
“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” Because of those causes, the report suggests, “over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects.”
I don’t know about Obama’s high school experiences, but where I went to class it sure seemed like all of the students had access to the same resources. It’s not like our teachers had office hours only for the white kids, or that they checked your skin at the door to the library. That didn’t stop president Obama from issuing an executive order to establish a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
So, is this going to work kind of like affirmative action? If a little boy bullies another, and you’ve met the race quota for that month, he just gets a pass? That’s exactly what it means, according to Bader, a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights:
“What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,”
What’s more, doesn’t it seem like a poor time to plant your flag in the “furthering governmental bureaucracy” camp? Evidently not, and Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity pointed this out:
“It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others,” […] “A disproportionate share of crimes are committed by African Americans, and they are disproportionately likely to misbehave in school… [because] more than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock… versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites,” […] ” you won’t see it mentioned in the Executive Order… there is an obvious connection between these [marriage] numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally,”
In case you were wondering, this movement isn’t new. In fact, Maryland passed legislation as recently as July 24th that required that disciplinary action against students was to be enforced equally and proportionally, regardless of the actions by students of the different races: “the state’s 24 school systems track data to ensure that minority and special education students are not unduly affected by suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary measures,” said a July 25 Washington Post report. “Disparities would have to be reduced within a year and eliminated within three years,”
Even Attorney General Eric Holder has thrown his support behind the racist legislation, stating that the situation as it stands is ‘unacceptable’.
“we’ve often seen that students of color, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with special needs are disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled.” […] “This is, quite simply, unacceptable. … These unnecessary and destructive policies must be changed,”
For the record, those destructive policies he is referring to are the ones that punish students based on their behavior alone. Clearly, according to Mr. Holder, the color of one’s skin determines how often you will commit crimes. Nice.