Columnist: It’s Common Sense That Black Students More Disruptive Than Whites
On the heels of a new study that found discrimination as the cause of disproportionate discipline toward black students, the National Review Online has published a column arguing that the black crime rate and not discrimination explains the disproportionate discipline.
“Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age combined,” writes National Review columnist Heather Mac Donald. “Given such high crime rates, what do the civil-rights advocates and the Obama administration think is going on in the classroom — docile obedience and strict self-discipline? In fact, the same weak impulse control that leads to such high crime rates among young black males inevitably means more disruptive behavior in school.”
Of course, it’s not just the crime rate, it’s the cause of the crime rate – black family breakdown, she says. “None of the federal studies mention or control for single-parent households, of course,” Mac Donald writes. “Instead, we are supposed to believe that well-meaning teachers, who have spent their entire time in ed school steeped in the doctrine of “white privilege” and who are among the most liberal segments of the workforce, suddenly become bigots once in the classroom and begin arbitrarily suspending pacific black children out of racial bias … Given the black-white crime disparities, it is equally common sense that black students are more likely to be disruptive in class as well.”
And, of course, all this is naturally at the root of the government wasting taxpayer dollars to push “anti-racism”. Anti-racism?
“The refusal to take student behavior and family breakdown into account in interpreting student discipline rates means that more millions of taxpayer dollars will be wasted suing hapless school districts for phantom racism and sending teachers and administrators back to anti-racism training,” Mac Donald concludes. “The advocacy and anti-bias training complex cleans up, while the root cause of student misbehavior still goes unaddressed.”
Of course, the study in question did look into all of that. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the research found that “even when they commit the exact same offense as white students, black students suffer more severe consequences.”