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Note to DOJ: Punishing children based on their race may not be a great idea

Eric Holder, Attorney General
Eric Holder, Attorney General
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The Department of Justice has come out and encouraged schools to end a "zero tolerance" policy that they say disproportionately affects minority children. In calling for these changes, the DOJ is essentially saying schools need to evaluate race prior to handing out punishment. Isn't that, but it's very definition, racist? According to the Daily Caller, the left-of-center, like our current Administration and Department of Justice, doesn't believe in being colorblind.

What affect will this have on the children?

Some argue that minority children will be the ones truly affected by these changes because the disruptive children that should be suspended or expelled will now remain in class, at least if they are minorities, and will continually disrupt the other students that are there with them.

In many school districts, minority students make up a large percentage of the students. Inner-city schools in Chicago, Washington DC, and other major cities are likely to have many violators of these rules in any given class. Under the newly-conceived proposition by the DOJ, the consistent troublemakers would not only be allowed to stay in class because they are minorities, they would be allowed to continually disrupt the other children in the class who are also minorities.

Frederick Hess, the director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, stated the following in an article on with regards to this letter sent out by the DOJ:

"As best I can tell, they are telling schools that even if you have policies that are clearly neutral, that are clearly evenhanded, that are clearly designed to create safe environments for students and educators, DOJ still might come down on you like a ton of bricks."

How does this affect teachers?

Imagine being a teacher in a classroom these days where uniformly doling out punishment is either seen as racist or not simply based on who is committing the offense. If more minority children happen to do something wrong, and you punish them equally as other students, you're a racist.

It seems like this would sufficiently lower the drive of many people looking at getting into the profession despite some of it's other obvious challenges; especially in states like Texas where race relations are already high and teachers are paid a surprisingly low salary.

Where does this leave us?

In this day and age, it's hard to believe that our own government can indicate that certain policies, which by their very design are as fair as can be, are racist because the outcome doesn't turn out the way they want. It goes back to the age-old debate about whether America should be a land of equal opportunity or outcome

Every single child has an equal opportunity to follow the rules. The DOJ, however, is saying that if there is a large group that don't want to do that for whatever reason, we should just change the rules because it isn't fair to punish them more; even though they are breaking the rules at a higher rate.

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