For over three years we have been tracking this new federal protocol of qualifying school punishment for misbehavior around the race of the offender. The origin of the approach actually stems from Miami-Dade, Florida, and a diversionary tolerance program initiated by School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Carvalho is a close ally, and political affiliate, of both Barack and Michelle Obama. Carvalho also turned down a position inside the Dept of Education which would have placed him second only to Education Secretary Arnie Duncan.
Carvalho’s program within the Miami-Dade school district actually preceded the Executive Order given by Barack Obama which initiated the new DOJ directives around “Disparate Impact”, establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. Effectively placing “quotas” on school discipline based on race.
It was also Carvalho’s widely heralded program which led to the Miami-Dade School Police Department putting Trayvon Martin into diversionary programs using School Discipline to replace Criminal Justice in an effort to avoid a criminal record.
The M-DSPD diversionary programs were implemented by Police Chief Charles Hurley. Chief Hurley was eventually fired as a result of the surrounding controversy; against a backdrop of sexual misconduct/harassment which was used to cloud the *real* controversy of the ridiculously unlawful program.
During the height of the media-frenzy surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting in April 2012 Jesse Jackson proclaimed “school suspensions are racist“. Many things have happened since that proclamation which have outlined a push forward in this regard.
People often ask me what is the biggest unwritten story around the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case. The answer is always the same – these diversionary programs are unknown to the general public. The consequences from them are extremely dangerous - the death of Trayvon Martin was a symptom of the disease; the educational directives to manipulate criminally corrective behavior in the school system, solely on the basis of race, are -in essence- the cellular construct which comprises the underlying disease.
National Urban League (www.nul.org) president and CEO Marc H. Morial has applauded President Barack Obama’s creation of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, calling it “an important endeavor that will highlight the barriers and challenges to African-American educational achievement, and develop solutions to improve outcomes.”
2014 WASHINGTON DC - The Obama administration, concerned that “zero tolerance” policies are sending too many students to court instead of the principal’s office, on Wednesday urged schools to back off — particularly in the case of minority students and other federally protected groups.
“Racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem today,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who joined Attorney General Eric Holder in speaking about the new guidance. Holder said ”students of color and those with disabilities” often receive “different and more severe punishment than their peers.”
While the nation’s schools are under local control, they must follow federal civil rights and disability laws. And the new guidance for the nation’s schools could subject more of those schools to federal discrimination lawsuits. In fact, the crackdown already is happening, as CNSNews.com previously reported.
While the guidance is “voluntary,” it encourages schools to set up a “record keeping system” that tracks demographic information on misbehaving students, including their “race, sex, disability, age and English-learner status” along with the infraction, the discipline imposed, who imposed it, etc.
“Schools should establish procedures for regular and frequent review and analysis of the data to detect patterns that bear further investigation,” the guidance says. (CONTINUE READING)
To learn more here are some research links:
Students are commonly victimized by members of their own race and peers of the same ethnicity. So watering down discipline for members of a racial group does not help that group. The fact that black students have been shortchanged by the larger society is not a reason to add insult to injury by depriving them of an orderly school environment and effective school discipline, or subjecting them to the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Pressure to discipline minorities and whites in numbers proportional to their percentage of the student body may also lead to other forms of racial discrimination in discipline, such as suspensions of white and Asian students for technicalities that would result in nothing more than a warning for a black student.
This is the natural outcome for government attempting to legislate behavior based on racial statistics as models for equality.
Think of another example of how this thought process would carry out, only this time in the Criminal Justice World:
If you apply this same methodology now being implemented by President Obama and Eric Holder to the criminal justice system, if blacks make up 17% of the population then blacks can only receive 17% of the incarcerations. If blacks commit 40% of the crime under their proposal then 23% of black criminals would be allowed to engage in crime, unless the police arrested more white people to offset the disparity.
So to convict and incarcerate a black male of murderer, the police will “have to” arrest a white male. Perhaps a white guy speeding down the street gets thrown in jail, because a black guy just murdered someone and they need the parity. (link)