There is little argument that America’s public school system is in dire need of a massive overhaul. Outrageous overreactions to any politically incorrect speech and heavily biased curriculum have effectively turned schools into leftist indoctrination camps.
Instead of focusing on these pressing issues, however, Attorney General Eric Holder recently criticized America’s schools for the only crime he seems to be able to recognize: racism.
In a collection of guidelines the American Civil Liberties Union heralded as “groundbreaking,” Holder explained Wednesday that he believes changes are needed to combat unfair punishments carried out against minority students.
“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office,” he asserted, “not in a police precinct.”
He criticized policies that involve law enforcement in serious offenses – such as carrying a weapon – committed at school.
Holder and other leftist activists have decried the fact that a disproportionately high percentage of black students find themselves in trouble at school. As with the high percentage of blacks in prison, though, he disregards the possibility that more members of that community engage in criminal behavior.
Instead of attempting to address the root cause, he instead presented a list of recommendations with the end result of limiting student discipline. The racial aspect was explored in greater detail in a letter sent by the Departments of Justice and Education to schools.
Citing “our investigations,” the letter contends “African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students.”
In conclusion, the letter asserted that “racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”
This administration is dedicated to exploiting and inventing charges of racism in an effort to discredit Obama’s opponents. Issuing guidelines designed to make it more difficult to discipline minorities will only exacerbate the underlying racial discord already at play in this nation.
–B. Christopher Agee
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