Monday, May 19, 2014

“Why Did You Make Sister Hit You?”

Back when I was in Catholic school and I acted up, I could expect a stiff whack from the hand of authority.  Typically, the news of my comeuppance would travel home with me.  When my Dad got home, he would ask, “Why did you make Sister have to hit you?”  Upon hearing my story, he would administer a second dose of Sister’s medicine.

The goal of Catholic education was to turn out saints.  Apparently today’s kids are already saints and do not require the same correction that I needed to be set on the straight and narrow path.  At least according to Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder spoke this weekend at the Morgan State commencement ceremonies where he rehashed his latest shtick. The AG asserts that the disproportionate discipline rates in public schools and incarceration rates of Black Males is proof positive that racism lives.  Let’s consider these one at a time and then in tandem.
In a recent article entitled “Politics Versus Education”, Thomas Sowell takes Holder on directly.  He writes:

“Among the biggest obstacles to educating children in many ghetto schools are disruptive students whose antics, threats and violence can make education virtually impossible. If only 10 percent of the students are this way, that sacrifices the education of the other 90 percent.
The idea that Eric Holder, or anybody else, can sit in Washington and determine how many disciplinary actions against individual students are warranted or unwarranted in schools across the length and breadth of this country would be laughable if it were not so tragic.
Relying on racial statistics tells you nothing, unless you believe that black male students cannot possibly be more disruptive than Asian female students, or that students in crime-ridden neighborhoods cannot possibly require disciplinary actions more often than children in the most staid, middle-class neighborhoods.
Attorney General Holder is not fool enough to believe either of those things. Why then is he pursuing this numbers game?
The most obvious answer is politics. Anything that promotes a sense of grievance from charges of racial discrimination offers hope of energizing the black vote to turn out to vote for Democrats, which is especially needed when support from other voters is weakening in the wake of Obama administration scandals and fiascoes.”
Moving on to the second issue, let me begin by acknowledging that incarceration rates are disproportionally high among African American men.  However, it would not be too far off base to suggest that this in not so much a function of racism as the lack of legal opportunities due to a failing economy coupled with the unlimited upside of the drug market. 
No risk, no reward.  No hope, why not? The trap is set for young Black men but not out of racism.   They are shackled by the stupidity of America’s heavy handed economic policies combined with the senseless War on Drugs.  Obamacare and minimum wage increases will not set put these men on the road to lawful prosperity.
But for arguments’ sake, let’s go along with the premise racial bias is afoot here.  Who then would be the perpetrators?
To a great extent, Black male students attend urban inner city schools.  Inner city schools are controlled predominantly by Democrats and by teachers unions who are also Democrat.
How about the big city and Federal criminal justice systems that are busing and jailing young Black men?  They are also controlled by Democrats.  Therefore it seems that Eric Holder is calling racism on his own team.  You go, sir!  Tell it like it is! 
To get their base worked up, the Dems are busting on their own people and then blaming it on the great racist in the sky

It seems that Harry Browne was spot on in observing that,” “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, 'See if it weren't for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk.”

What we have here with Mister Holder is government creating a problem that it will pretend to solve.


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