More "Racialism" from our first "Post-Racial" President!
Kyle Rogers, Examiner, July 30, 2012
“African American Education Initiative” creates a new Federal
bureaucracy. One of its goals will be to stop disciplinary action
against black public school students who misbehave.
Back in 2007, I had two white female public school teachers tell me
why Barack Obama was desperately needed as president. They said that
black male students have no male role models. If only Obama was elected,
black male students would improve their behavior and academic
performance, they claimed.
In many major cities, black academic performance has actually gotten
worse since Obama took office. We have also seen the dramatic nationwide
rise of black teen mob violence under the Obama administration.
On July 26, Obama signed an executive order titled the “African
American Education Initiative.” The order essentially gives a green
light for black students to misbehave in public schools.
In two places, Obama’s executive order calls on schools to reduce the
number disciplinary actions taken against blacks students. The order
specifically calls on schools to “not rely on methods that result in
disparate use of disciplinary tools.” [The
question must be posed -- where in hell in the Constitution of the
United States of America is there any authority whatsoever given to the
President of the United States to tell local schools who they should or
should not discipline? Where???]
To comply, public schools would have to engage in a racial quota system of discipline. The
executive order will create a new Federal bureaucracy to pressure
school systems to comply with the president’s demands. The executive
order makes no mention of any effort to get black students to improve
behavior.[Just how is this "executive order" to be
funded? I haven't heard of congress appropriating funds for such an
order, have you? This president seems to think he is an emperor, not
just 1/3 of the power structure in a democratic republic, but the
There is a reason why blacks are more likely to be disciplined in school: black students are more likely to misbehave. The
U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that
there is a huge crime rate disparity between blacks and other racial
Based on those disparities, one should expect that there would be a
disparity in frequency of bad behavior between black and white school
students in the public schools.
The DOJ reports that the homicide rate in the black community is nine
times greater than in the white community. Between 1976 and 2005, the
DOJ reported that blacks averaged 13 percent of the population, but
accounted for 59 percent of felony homicide charges and 53 percent of
non-felony manslaughter charges. It also might come as no surprise that
93-95 percent of black homicides victims are killed by a black
perpetrator. Most of the rest are killed by a Latino perpetrator.
In reality, blacks are already less likely to be suspended for bad
behavior than whites. Often, white teachers and administrators are
afraid to discipline black students for fear of being called “racists.”
Even some black school officials are afraid of being labeled a
“sell-out” by black students.
The executive order also states that black students “lack equal
access” to education. This statement by the White House is outrageous
and easily disproved. Across the nation, majority black public schools
routinely receive more funding per pupil than majority white public
Washington DC is the perfect example. It has the highest average per
pupil funding of any public schools in the nation. [The
last figures I saw were around $15,000 per student per year - meaning a
class of 25 students cost a whopping $375,000 -- where does the money
go?] It also has the
blackest public schools in the nation. Yet, this over-funding of black
students yields no results in terms of academic improvement. DC public
schools are widely touted as the worst performing schools in the entire
If DC was a state, it would be the state with the highest average per
pupil expenditure and the lowest average performance. More money does
not equal better test scores.
Missouri leads the nation in its black/white state funding gap. The state has spent billions of dollars in a failed effort to improve the academic performance of black students. Majority
black schools in St. Louis and Kansas City have Olympic sized swimming
pools, lavish theater and music departments, and state of the art
computer labs. Per pupil spending is over double that of poor majority
white public schools in the Ozark Mountain region of Missouri.
Once again, we see that the over-funding of black students yields no
benefits. The very poor white students in the Ozarks have none of the
lavish amenities enjoyed by the black students. However, the poor whites
in the Ozarks outperform the better funded black students in the big
Ohio has some pretty outrageous examples. Cincinnati’s majority black
public schools are lavished with state funding that far exceeds what
goes to schools with a poor white student body. Yet last February, the state launched a program to give Cincinnati schools even more money to pay students not to drop out.
In Chicago, majority black public schools have so much extra money
they are hiring speakers from militant Black Power groups to give
“motivational speeches.” (see video)
The reality is that there is a massive transfer of wealth from white taxpayers to black public school students. Obama’s blatantly false claims are an insult to all white people who pay taxes.[IMHO they are an insult to all people who pay taxes, white, black or otherwise!]
Obama’s excuse making will only continue to make things worse.
The problems with black student behavior and school performance,
especially among young men, has been exacerbated for years by the
rhetoric of the 'racialist' leaders of the black community, men like
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Instead of holding them to a high
standard and telling them they have the ability to perform at a high
level, they excuse their bad behavior and poor school performance by
blaming it on "the man," "whitey," or what ever other racial epithet is
fact is that when black students are given a chance and encouragement,
they perform well. The Bush administration implemented a school voucher
plan for D.C. schools that allowed black students to escape the
dysfunctional public school system. Students were given a $7,500 voucher
(about half the per-student costs in D.C.!!!) and allowed to attend
local private schools, mostly parochial. The students performed well
and the program was extremely popular with their parents -- it was one
of the first programs of the Bush administration to be canceled by the
newly anointed Barack Obama.
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