Obama Order: Black Kids Should Be Disciplined Differently From White or Hispanic Children
A basic tenet of America’s legal system, as well as every other society of which I am aware, is that punishment for violation of the society’s rules should be based on the nature and severity of the offense, and not on the race, religion, or ethnic background of the offender. Race, or ethnicity, if you prefer, is what is known as a suspect category, and any law which provides for punishment based on race is constitutionally impermissible. Barack Obama, however, doesn’t believe this should be so. And as reported in The Daily Caller, he is instituting
a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.
Labeled The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Obama Executive Order sets up yet another new federal bureaucracy within the Department of Education to promote
“a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order…
“What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,” because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups’ different infraction rates, predicted Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bader is a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, and has sued and represented school districts and colleges in civil-rights cases.
“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,” said Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.
“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,” he said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Although ” 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,” he said.
What also isn’t mentioned, either in The Daily Caller article or the Obama Executive Order is the effect that a separate and unequal system of school discipline that favors specifially African American students would have on the non-African American students. After all, discipline based on the race of the offender, or the proportion of the offender’s racial or ethnic group within the entire population, is the exact opposite of what students should be learning in civics/government classes, not to mention state and federal law. If a white student is subject to suspension for behavior which is not a suspension violation for a Black, we are no better off than we were before Brown, and only the roles have changed and the minority is privileged while the majority is discriminated against. The only principle at work then is might makes right. Is that what we need to be teaching our school children?
Nearly 60 years after the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling, America’s first Black president (okay, half Black) is taking the country backwards in an obvious effort to pander to the Black voters who are losing patience with his failed economic policies and his radical social agenda.
If students – White, Black, Hispanic, or whatever – misbehave in school, that is a matter for local school authorities, not for Washington bureaucrats anxious to garner more federal control, and help their failed boss get reelected.
The actual Executive Order can be found here.Tags: Barack Obama, Domestic Issues, Education