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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She said, “What if an important reason African-American students were being disciplined more often than white or Asian students is that more African-American students were misbehaving? And what if the cost of failing to discipline those students primarily falls on their fellow African-American students who are trying to learn amid classroom disorder? Will unleashing the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and its army of lawyers cause those schools to eliminate only that portion of the discipline gap (if any) that was the result of race discrimination? Or will schools react more heavy-handedly by tolerating more classroom disorder, thus making it more difficult for students who share the classroom with unruly students to learn?”

Another member, Commissioner Abigail Thernstrom also noted the specious nature of the Obama administration’s argument. She wrote in comments in the report, “We can all agree that, proportionate to their school population, black children are much more likely than their white or Asian peers to be disciplined for behavior the schools find intolerable. I hope we can also acknowledge that whites are twice as likely to be disciplined as Asians.”

But the most scathing criticism came from Commissioner Todd Gaziano. He is very familiar with the Obama administration’s penchant for unequal enforcement of civil rights laws, having battled Attorney General Eric Holder’s stonewalling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that the USCCR tried to conduct.

Gaziano wrote, “As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Ricardo Soto explained in his statement to the Commission, the Department’s regulations prohibit ‘race-neutral policies, practices, or procedures that have a disparate impact on the basis of race, color or national origin.’ Although this phrasing has been part of the executive branch’s lexicon for some time, it is still worth pausing a moment on the Orwellian doublespeak of anything having a ‘disparate impact on [a] basis’ to show how hard the Department must strain to use some of the words of the statute in service of the opposite of what they provide. Because a disparate impact is usually understood as an unintended effect, and may include many unintended effects, this formulation awkwardly attempts to equate unintended ‘impacts’ with the actual basis (or ground) for the action. Putting aside this nonsensical use of the English language, Soto’s testimony accurately described the Department’s disparate-impact theory …”

Gaziano also observed that the statistical disparity argument applied to school discipline is just as hollow as it is in the field of criminal justice. He noted the deleterious effects of that policy.

Liberal education policies have already damaged public education tremendously. This policy will make the damage irreparable for minority students.

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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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