Until now, school suspensions that show blacks and Hispanics suspended at higher rates than whites and Asians were automatically deemed discriminatory (“The lunacy of crying ‘racism’ over school suspensions,” New York Post, Dec. 21). But the Federal Commission on School Safety has rightly rejected that conclusion.
Although black students nationally are suspended at nearly three times the rate of white students, that does not necessarily demonstrate bias. It may well be that more black students engage in behavior that is disruptive than whites. I think the key factor here is whether they are suspended at higher rates than whites for the same misbehavior.
If anything, teachers and principals have become so sensitive to being called racist that they tolerate disruptions by blacks. Look at this another way: White students are suspended more than Asians. Does that mean teachers and principals are biased against white students? What I find most troubling is that students who want to learn – and that cuts across all races – are held hostage by the acts of a few.
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