Disciplining Students Is Racist?

Michael P. Tremoglie is a writer whose articles have been featured on the Rush Limbaugh and Bill Bennett radio shows among others. He is also the Vice President of Academia Res Publica, the Italian affiliate of the Federalist Society. He can be contacted at nattybumpo1983@gmail.com.


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Among all the bizarre ideas that emanate from the callow and sciolistic mind of the modern American liberal, the statistical disparity argument is one of the most fallacious. It has permeated and destroyed so many aspects of society. It is now being offered by Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, in the area of disciplining school students.

I first ran across this during the 1970s as a night school accounting student taking a sociology course. The professor announced the canard that America has something like five percent of the world’s population but uses twenty-five percent of the world’s resources. Do not quote me on the exact words and figures. You get the idea.

But the fallacy of the argument is lost on the holier-than-thou liberal. Omitted is the fact that America produces thirty percent of the goods and services that the world uses. Or that America is the biggest economy in the world and is the market that other countries need to acquire wealth through trade.

One of the worst applications of this has been in crime. The ACLU, as well as the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world, use the fact that blacks are arrested and imprisoned in higher percentages than there are blacks in the general population as proof of racism.

The whole story is not told though. What the leftists omit is that blacks are also crime victims in higher percentages than they are in the general population. So unless the ACLU et al. are willing to admit that the black criminals are preying on black victims because of racism, then this obviously proves that more blacks are in prison because more blacks are committing crime in greater numbers.

Maybe the liberals should confine their efforts to why this is rather than try to excuse this with specious claims of racism.

Gail Heriot, a commissioner of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), makes this same argument in rebuttal to the policy being implemented by Duncan, which essentially demands that a quota be developed for disciplining school students.

Duncan, in 2010, dramatically announced that the Dept. of Education (ED) “will be issuing a series of guidance letters to school districts and postsecondary institutions that will address issues of fairness and equity. We will be announcing a number of compliance reviews to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities, including a college-prep curriculum, advanced courses, and STEM classes. We will review whether districts and schools are disciplining students without regard to skin color. … African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled as their white peers. African-American students with disabilities are over twice as likely to be expelled or suspended as their white counterparts. Those facts testify to racial gaps that are hard to explain away by reference to the usual suspects.”

Are they not explained by the usual suspects?

Heriot does not think so. She wrote in her rebuttal contained in the USCCR’s briefing report, which was derived from 2011 testimony the USCCR heard examining the effect ED’s “Disparate Impact” initiative had on schools and school districts across the country.

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  • Rifleman

    There's no way I would send a child to a school that disciplined by quota. That's teaching them to embrace stupidity and injustice from day one. That's indoctrination, not education.

    • guest

      Thats Islam. Sharia justice.

  • Fred

    Just another nail in the coffin of America. Oh well it was nice while it lasted. I was a witness to the decline of America firsthand. I was there when our school was integrated in the late 50's and it went from heaven to hell in no time. And educational standards fell while violence skyrocketed. And the "liberals" were the first ones to get their children out of these schools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LinuxLewis Linux Lewis

    Anti-Racists" ALL agree that white children only deserve 2 options:
    Either embrace their global genocide via massive non-white immigration and forced assimilation targeted at ALL & ONLY white countries;.

    OR

    They are a naziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews & deserve to be harassed, censored, fired, jailed, intimidated, threatened or beat up until they've learned to embrace their genocide.

    Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      FAKE "Anti-Racist" is a code word for Socialism and Eternal victimhood.

  • SFLBIB

    "Maybe the liberals should confine their efforts to why this is rather than try to excuse this with specious claims of racism."

    Look. Liberals have been trying to make life fit their ideology rather than develop an ideology that fits life. So the above suggestion would require them to abandon their ideology, and that's not going to happen.

    The problem of "disparate discipline" has been addressed by http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/discipline.htm. Any data set must be normalized before drawing conclusion, and La Griffe du Lion does just that.

  • Western Spirit

    Of course discipline is “authoritarian” and thereby “Nazi” everything on the male side of the coin is “Nazi”.

    The male half of reality, the yang, is forbidden, that’s because The Left has declared war on reality.

    That’s why it’s called the Left because that’s what the Left represents the left side of reality, the female side. The feminine Left represents soft, warm, fuzzy, no discipline, no toughness, no logic just a cushy mothering from the cradle to the grave in an extravaganza of the left’s qualities to the exclusion of the Right’s contributions.

    The real Nazi’s represented the male half of reality gone mad just as the female half has the upper hand now, as an over reaction to how reality had become lopsided to the Right.

    Yet reality demands the Left and Right work together as the right and left hands work together and as men and women, in a sane world, work together like their hands.

  • sononthe_beach

    Statistics don't lie. The typical young-inner-city black male is a thug.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Schools can't expell sociopaths. Or criminals. Or rapists. Regardless of color.

  • Bettyhere

    Yes, we use +/- 25% of the world's resources, and the world seems pretty happy about it BECAUSE we pay the countries for what we use. It's a damn good bargain for everyone. Unlike the Spanish who came here, enslaved Indians, put them into silver mines to work to death, then loaded their galleons up with as much silver & gold treasures as they could steal and take back to Spain. Let's start to reverse this today and not buy mid-east oil. Works for me.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    We've come a long way since the civil rights days of Selma Alabama. Nowadays, not only do Racists speak a coded language, everything they do is apparently driven by racism. I can't think of a better way to defeat all of this rampant bigotry than to get the Dems out of office.

  • jose

    This just means they will nit pick white boys intil it adds up too suspension. To have = treatment. Equality is fairness enforced ,dont complain.

  • guest

    Next up, the military will have to raid Fort Lauderdale and Encino alongside Wazhiristan or Somalia to stay within their racial quota or else be sued by Eric Holder.

    And forget disorderly school children. I'm more worried about the already existing, ever growing child criminals:
    – Mexico's drug cartels aggressively recruit child soldiers as, without any developed morals or empathy, they become extremely callous mass murderers.

    – Stateside organized crime does the same thing and has for years. The mafia recruited preteens from street gangs and used them as patsies as they would get off easy in juvenile court.

    – Bad parenting raises can raise children with evil morals like believing social laws exist only for fools and cowards, or even worse no morals and ability to control one's emotions whatsoever. Have you ever seen a grown man throw a temper tantrum like a two year old?

  • jim

    Good work, MT. Taught for a couple years and it broke my heart to see serious students have their education disrupted by the "handicapped." Wish I was a lawyer, I'd file a class action suit based on equal protection for the serious students. I'm frankly disappointed the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has neglected the problem. jl

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.whitehead.5243 Andrew Whitehead

    How will teachers know the race of each student? Will it come down to eyeballing the students skin color? Will teachers have to maintain a list of each students racial makeup? Will students carry ID cards with appropriate racial designation(s)?

    Why not just wear a star with the appropriate color on it?

  • guest

    My friends sons got integrated into a black school. If they left school alone they got the crap kicked out of them
    They learned early about black people. Was this the lesson the left wanted to teach them?
    They are mean, quick with a knife, now, and may be better equipped to understand hate.
    I think the democrats want to help people but with your money, not theirs.

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