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Obama Administration Hunts Phantom Classroom Racism

Tired in Texas Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 11:52 AM
Your explanation to your daughter, though giving her a world view, would do nothing to protect her. I suggest you sign her up for self-defense classes. That way, when the boy decides to physically attack her, instead of just verbally attack her, she will be able to defend herself. Because you and I both know that he will only escalate.
Editors' note: this piece has been adapted from the summer issue of City Journal.

In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement” in the nation’s schools. What was the pervasive racial injustice that led Mr. Duncan to redouble such efforts? Black elementary and high school students are three and a half times more likely to get suspended or expelled than their white peers, according to federal data.

And so the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in...