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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.”

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  • liberalinlove

    Oh for crying out loud!

  • Debra Ranson

    Wow – what a dumbshit

  • robbiecee

    Obviously Heather missed the memo about “common sense”! It is based on human experience and individual perceptions. Thus, common sense, is NOT common!

  • Dewenda Cooper

    It is a shame to say blacks commit most crimes when i watch ID tv and most of the most vicious crimes are commited by whites who kill their entire families, serial killers all ages. Yes, there is a lot of black on black crime but to put it into context as though only blacks commit crimes is a.travesty. Since the times of jim crow blacks still receive sevond class education. I raised two kids who struggled while in public schools I was blessed to be able to sent them to private schools where they were able to gey a good education. Many public school have very good teachers who care and thr students respond and go on to have productive lives. But what should ne taken into consideration is the fact that white students as well as blacks have a high dropout rate because of lack of interest due to the teachers who are under paid and just don’t give a care. So Ms. Macdonald get it right your reviews don’t mean a damn thing until you first look at the big picture instead of assuming your bias opinions are correct!

    • Just Axin

      That’s your problem- you watch too much tv. Try paying attention to the facts.

      • Dewenda Cooper

        What Justin facts given by white people who are bias? No siree until you live it shut your mouth and stay bias.

        • Just Axin

          Please make more sense in your next post.

          • Dewenda Cooper

            I don’t have to make more sense it’s you who can’t relate just like the fact that when white kids act up they are treated with a slap to the wrist. Tell me that most white kids don’t do as many drugs as black kids, tell me that when a black kid get caught with drugs they are thrown in jail. I know i am a RN and the meth epidemic is just as bad as the crack. The point is this society is bias when it comes to throwing stones at the black society. when drugs, kids who act up and are in disfunctional families becomes an mostly black thing with bias facts it should be a social problem as a whole. If you can’t relate to that just axin. I won’t waste my time on the likes of you who want to play dumb because the truth is in your face, but again it just another way to blame others.

      • Estella Cohen

        Since when have white folks let facts get in the way,please!!!

  • Cordell Huntley

    You are comparing 13% of the population to 74%. That simply gives a 5+ to 1 ratio of white screw ups for every black. Take into the account of who is counting and those who are enforcing the laws. Compare the way a drug dealer is treated when comparing the Blacks and crack and the whites and meth. I have never seen the need for a full hazardous waste team to clean up a crack house but the cost is outrageous to clean a meth site. But the punishment range from counseling for first time meth offenders to automatic 10 year for first time crack. Look at 5 he number of warning tickets given to whites when compared to blacks. Blacks are sick and tired of the disparaging enforcement of the rules and laws.

    • Dewenda Cooper

      Well said Cordell

    • DezJimmar

      White kids go to rehab; Black kids go to jail!

  • Cordell Huntley

    If you want to see a true comparison, include income, education, geographic. That you will never see because it will show whites commit more sexual, drug and thief crimes than their Black counter parts.

    • Dewenda Cooper

      Yes!

    • CC

      Very interesting.

    • Jay Sunshine

      Lol…..only allowed to be racist if it’s against whites…. RIP Civilisation…. we had a good few years but then the idiots appeared. I dunno…..maybe check how in the US that the main cause of black Amercan’s death is homicide by other black Americans…. you guys and your bullshit allows the deaths to continue without daring to wonder why….just deflect again and say the lies that comfort your own sense of political correctness…..

      • kliggins

        You are such a liar. The main cause of death for Black and white people is heart disease, followed by cancer. Stupid!

  • Just Axin

    Finally, someone who is on-target and not afraid to speak the truth. We’re all so tired of PC games.

    • Dewenda Cooper

      What true? That these facts are bias and figured by a society that live in different circles that are nit equal in any way, shape or form.

  • Estella Cohen

    Also more non- experienced white teachers in the classroom that CAN NOT CONTROL THEIR STUDENTS!!! Believe me I know!(they often sent their problem kids to Ms. Cohen) Administrators who would once get rid of these teachers are now responsible for hiring them, so young inexperienced white teachers stay. Therefore, putting police in the schools to do the job once required by any DECENT teacher. This makes for a volatile mix that lends towards disaster. Today with fewer mostly Black teachers, now retiring and young Blacks opting not to teach, younger white teachers turn to their only protection…the police. Many young white teachers have NEVER had any social dealing with ANY ONE,but white Americans so they see “the school cop” as their only friend.Before I retired from the school system I saw this sad trend coming. School is a place to learn for both teacher and student. However, the white “entitled class” still acts entitled wherever they go.

    • Allyson Babin

      I am a white teacher and I agree with you, 100%. I am not young; I am in my late 40’s. I’m old school (no pun intended) I CAN control my class, but the evidence to prove what you say exists! I often had disruptive students placed in my classroom. It is very frustrating! I have a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice and I was a probation officer before I decided to go back to school and get my teaching credentials. I have seen disproportionate punishment practices from two sides (probation and education). It is not pretty!! And those IDIOTS…TRULY STUPID, UNIFORMED people (like this woman columnist and a couple of the posters) truly don’t have a clue!! Y’all need to yank your heads out real quick!!

      • Estella Cohen

        Thanks Allyson!! We “old school” teachers have got to stick together. The future education of Americas children is at stake. It would be nice to have a version of “Undercover Boss” in the schools. It would be an experience for people to understand what’s REALLY going on in Americas schools.Anyway, “Strive on Mindfully” and stay blessed.

  • kliggins

    I think most people are missing the point of the study. The point is that black children are receiving disproportionately severe disciplinary actions for the very same acts committed by students black and white. The issue is not that they commit more acts, it is that when they commit the very same acts that white children are committing, the punishment is quantifiably more severe! The study has nothing to do with differences in impulse control or proclivities to commit crimes. All of that is a bunch of racist hogwash.

    • Jay Sunshine

      None of you have ever been in a classroom. I have. There is no racism in schools…. how dare you bismirch hard working people doing a tough job and insinuate they are racists…..just to avoid uncomfortable realities.

      • kliggins

        Wrong! How do you know who has taught before?

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Confirming what we already know.