Up Next for Team Obama? Racial Quotas for School Discipline

There is much speculation regarding President Barack Obama's intentions for America should he no longer need to hide his desires from an electorate. Occasionally, he and other members of his administration let slip glimpses of their preferred utopian future, as they have recently done with education policy. If their desires are implemented, the consequences for American education -- and society -- will be profound and uniquely destructive.

One of the best ways to determine if a given school is competent and professional is to ask its principal about the school’s discipline philosophy. If his first and primary goal is not establishing and keeping order, his school should be be avoided. Without certain and meaningful discipline, learning takes a back seat to misbehavior. If students understand that rudeness is tolerated, they’ll quickly escalate to misbehavior. If misbehavior goes unpunished, a significant number of students in any school will escalate to crime. Identify a school that is academically failing, and unfailingly the inmates are running the asylum.

On March 1, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee:

Chairman Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, and Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, pressed Mr. Holder to stop giving evasive answers about scandals growing from the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. Agitated, Mr. Holder objected to a statement by witness Bartle Bull that Panther behavior was the worst the civil rights activist had ever seen at the polls. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the ‘60s to try to get the right to vote for African-Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia … does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all for my people,” Mr. Holder said.

This was not Mr. Holder’s only invocation of his dedication to “my people.” On February 25, 2012, while giving a speech hosted by 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc., Holder mentioned his determination to mandate racial quotas for school discipline:

“We’ve often seen that students of color, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with special needs are disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled,” Holder said in Atlanta, Ga.

“This is, quite simply, unacceptable. … These unnecessary and destructive policies must be changed” …

Holder attributed his claim of racial disparity in school discipline to a 2011 study that he said showed “83 percent of African American male students and 74 percent of Hispanic male students ended up in trouble and suspended for some period of time.”