Racial disparity does not equal racism
Excerpted from: “The Systemic Racism Canard’s Consequences” | National Review
“Racial disparity” has subtly morphed into “racism” and “discrimination.” The process has accelerated in the months following the killing of George Floyd.
Black and Hispanic students have markedly higher suspension and expulsion rates than whites and Asians. The Obama administration determined that these disparities needed to be remedied.
Rather than address the possibility that the higher rates of suspensions and expulsions weren’t due to systemic racism but to the fact that blacks and Hispanics engaged in misconduct meriting such discipline at a higher rate than whites and Asians (e.g., in 2015, 12.6% of blacks engaged in a physical fight on school property versus 5.6% of white students), … the Department of Education and … the Department of Justice [under Barack Obama] issued a guidance that, among other things, triggered federal investigations of schools whose suspension/expulsion rates differed materially by race. …
Magically, the year after the guidance was issued, the suspension/expulsion disparities disappeared; i.e., black and Hispanic students who engaged in behavior that previously would’ve resulted in suspension or expulsion remained in class. For anyone with a grain of common sense, the results were predictable.
Teachers who testified on the matter before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reported classrooms out of control, even teachers being severely beaten. There also was a marked increase in the number of students who reported being bullied and a significant decrease in the number of students who felt safe on school grounds (resulting in an increase in the number of students who reported not attending school at least once in the preceding 30 days due to fear of violence). Vandalism, graffiti, and disruptive classroom behaviors rose as well.
Vandalism, graffiti, and disruptive classroom behaviors rose as well.