Race and School Discipline

More deliberately obtuse race baiting garbage from the New York Times. Apparently, some University of Pennsylvania researchers have discovered that black students are expelled from schools at rates more than five times that of their representation in the school population.

With the Obama administration focused on reducing the number of suspensions, expulsions and arrests in public schools, a new analysis of federal data identifies districts in 13 Southern states where black students are suspended or expelled at rates overwhelmingly higher than white children.

The analysis, which will be formally released Tuesday by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, focused on states where more than half of all the suspensions and expulsions of black students nationwide occurred. While black students represented just under a quarter of public school students in these states, they made up nearly half of all suspensions and expulsions.

Of course, this is just an outgrowth of the ever expanding pseudo-Constitutional doctrine of “disparate impact.” Any governmental action that disproportionately impacts coloreds in a negative manner is automatically probative of discrimination, notwithstanding intent. Discriminatory intent on the government’s part doesn’t even have to be proven.

Which is what makes this doctrine so utterly bogus. Rather than examining the underlying causes leading to certain outcomes, the outcomes themselves are taken as proof of wrongdoing while the causes are deemed irrelevant. The study makes the observation that black children are likelier to face expulsion than white students, but the $64,000 question remains:

Are black children in aggregate likelier than white children in aggregate to act in ways that merit expulsion?

Naturally, that question remains unasked and goes unanswered. We’ll answer it here: yes, they are. Granted, the article is anecdotal. But it does reflect the reality of how common “behavioral issues” tend to be in schools with a large black student demographic.

Never is it asked whether the individuals within the “disparately impacted” group experience higher expulsion rates because behave differently from individuals within other groups. Cause and effect are completely divorced, and effects are proof of wacism.

This study, and other stupidly formulated studies like it are nothing more but the products of a culture that assiduously tries to deny the obvious: that there are inherent differences between races in terms of conduct, in terms of time preference and in terms of intellect. This notion is anathema to the leftist mind, a notion so intolerable that they produce bodies of obscurantist “research” that fail to come to obvious and sensible conclusions-as they have been intentionally designed to avoid grappling with root causes of disparate treatment-all for the purpose of advancing some dumb “oppressed class” narrative.



  1. Not only does that “five times” statistic strongly correlate with the ratio with which black violent crime relates to white violent crime in America, but displays of “conduct disorder” in early childhood strongly correlate with involvement in violent crime in adulthood. It’s seems highly unlikely that the New York Times collectively doesn’t know this, but it has been observed that human beings have an extraordinary capacity for self-deception, so it’s hard to tell whether the campaign of obfuscation is conscious or not.



    1. I’m fairly certain that the NYT’s writers’ are well aware of the reality behind the statistics. Even if is just an exercise in self-deception, believe you me: they all become acutely aware when it comes time to find “good schools” for their children.



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