Racial Quota Punishment

Thomas Sowell, Washington Examiner, November 18, 2014

If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes.

Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the “disproportionate” numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools.

Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, Minneapolis Public Schools has agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent by the end of this school year, and then by 50 percent, 75 percent and finally 100 percent in each of the following years. In other words, there are now racial quota limits for punishment in Minneapolis schools.

If we stop and think–as old-fashioned as that may seem–there is not the slightest reason to expect black males to commit the same number of offenses as Asian females or any other set of students.

When different groups of human beings have behaved differently in all sorts of ways, in countries around the world, for thousands of years of recorded history, why would we accept as dogma that the only reason one set of students gets punished more than others is because the people who are doing the punishing are picking on them?

Politically–which is the way the Obama administration looks at everything–any time it can depict blacks as victims, and depict themselves as their rescuers, that means an opportunity to get out the black vote for Democrats.

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Other schools in other cities, which have also caved under pressure from the federal government and agreed to lighten up on black kids who misbehave, have reported an increase in misbehavior, including violence. Who would have thought otherwise?

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The people in the Obama administration who are pushing this counterproductive policy are not stupid. They are political, which is worse. They know what they are doing and they are willing to sacrifice young blacks to do it.

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  • Thomas Sowell asks:

    When different groups of human beings have behaved differently in all sorts of ways, in countries around the world, for thousands of years of recorded history, why would we accept as dogma that the only reason one set of students gets punished more than others is because the people who are doing the punishing are picking on them?

    I reply:

    Because we have accepted racial equality as dogma, or rather, religion.

    • UncleSham

      The official state religion.

    • Correction: Liberal simians take race equality as a dogmatic tenant. Humans must laugh heartily to keep from crying.

    • It absolutely is dogma, because the basic assumptions behind it are not subject to public debate. Criticism or outright rejection of the racial equality dogma is the new “heresy”; the left regards it as a modern variety of “witchcraft”.

  • RacialRay

    If anyone seriously wishes to reduce the “disproportionate” numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools, it seems that the only reasonable solution is to reduce the numbers of black male students in schools. Either that, or encourage the white boys to act up a little.

    • willbest

      Which is what will happen. A white boy will end up getting a detention for swearing between classes, so that the school the school has enough punishment credits to handle urban fun.

      • RacialRay

        Actually, ‘punishment credits’ is not a bad idea. They can be swapped like carbon credits between schools that don’t use as many (the ‘white’ ones) and those that pump out the most pollutants (the ‘black’ ones).

        You, my friend, have just saved taxpayers millions.

      • R L Buds

        I remember the blacks on the bus throwing gravel at parked cars as we went thru town, of course the white driver didn’t notice anything; but let a white kid move seats and she never missed it. This same driver would pull up at the “black” stops and sit there as they strolled out, limping and taking their (and our) time; but one day a white kid (who I couldn’t stand) was running out of his house at full speed and she just went past (and laughed) because he wasn’t right there.

        Whites are taught to hate and abuse our own and coddle the savages, it’s beyond disgusting and hopefully not sustainable.

  • The answer for teachers is to bypass school administrators for serious infractions by simply calling the police every time. Were I a schoolteacher, I would adopt a three-strikes rule: I would call police only twice – on different students – and then for any other infraction by anyone at all, I would walk off the job, drive home and mix myself a pitcher of bloody Mary’s.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I remember seeing a few different situations while attending Minneapolis Public Schools where I was tempted to call the police. Extremely violent fights, drug dealing, blatant robbery… I never did call, though. At the time I didn’t know how much pressure the administration was under to not punish blacks, so I still had faith that they’d take care of the matter properly eventually. They almost never did.

      As a student, they wouldn’t have been able to do much about it if I’d called the police (except maybe confiscate my phone), but if a teacher did that he’d surely be fired. The teachers’ union might not like it, but the power of forced racial quotas by the federal government is probably stronger than the union.

      • I have taught only university laboratory chemistry classes, but teaching in a high school or middle school I wouldn’t tolerate any nonsense at all, union or admins be damned.

    • kikz2

      works for parents as well…. btdt… the school SRO’s love it.

    • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

      But police are already in these schools. They are euphemistically called School Resource Officers.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Great article! I’m glad Thomas Sowell is paying attention to what’s happening in school districts in regards to racial quotas for punishment. This matter needs to be brought to the attention of the American public at large. Regular Americans, whether racial realists or not, know full well that different demographics misbehave at different rates. If they knew that the Obama administration was pressuring school districts to adopt quotas, they’d be quite angry.

  • Vito Powers

    So are any of the Republican gutless wonders saying or doing anything about this? Stooges like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul just love to suck to minorities. Why doesn’t the GOP make noise about this?

  • Ike Eichenberg

    Perhaps I am overly optimistic, but the more we encourage or allow the natural tendencies of Africans to be displayed, the more realists we make.

    • willbest

      Except it is innocent children that are going to end up paying the sins of the parents.

      What will really happen is it will prompt another round of white flight, and once safely back in their own neighborhoods whites will go back to not understanding why it is they moved in the first place.

  • [Guest]

    >>>The people in the Obama administration who are pushing this counterproductive policy are not stupid. They are political, which is worse.

    And, still worse, they’re perverse, corrupt, and evil.

  • Extropico

    “They know what they are doing and they are willing to sacrifice young blacks to do it.” Mr. Sowell, I believe they will sacrifice a lot of nonBlacks for that federal money too.

    • Spikeygrrl

      FYI, it’s Dr. Sowell. He earned that doctorate the hard way, back when it was still worth something.

      • Extropico

        I personally don’t recognize a doctorate unless it is in the hard sciences or mathematics.

        • Spikeygrrl

          That’s all for the best, I suppose, since old-school serious scholars wouldn’t recognize you.

          • Extropico

            Weak.

          • Spikeygrrl

            Really. Let’s see all YOUR PhDs.

            {Crickets}

  • JohnEngelman

    Unfortunately, only a black person can say this safely.

  • dd121

    I’ve only seen this story on AmRen, not in the msm. I guess they’re afraid there would be a backlash. I don’t know what kind of a sick mind it takes to dream this stuff up.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      Thomas Sowell is a very bright man. Explains why he’s shunned by the MSM

      • willbest

        Sadly he is 84 years old. When he dies the number of blacks that I admire will be cut in half.

        • newscomments70

          Is Carol Swain the other half?

        • Spikeygrrl

          Try Dr. Walter Williams. Of course nobody but Sowell will ever be Sowell (sigh); think of Williams as intellectual Methadone.

  • Politically correstness run amuck again. White kids shouldn’t even be in schools with these brain-dead savages.

    White people need a country of their own.
    Northwestfront(dot)org

  • David Ashton

    When I was a schoolboy and later a teacher, the “offenders” often automatically claimed they were “picked on”.

  • willbest

    Yes he is, and he is 78.