- …AND IT MAY BE UP TO THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS TO FORCE IT
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
The ante has just been upped. This joint communique issued by the Departments of Justice and Education is perhaps the greatest usurpation of States’ Rights and abrogation of the rule of law to date by the Obama administration, as well as a sneering denial of Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘Dream’, and it cannot go unchallenged. Eric Holder and Arne Duncan, with the fanatical Dear Leader Obama himself nodding approvingly as he emerges fresh from his latest vacation, are warning local school districts all over the land not to discipline, in ANY way, more black schoolchildren than white schoolchildren, couching their warning in language of issuing “guidelines”, with veiled threats to charge school officials with violations of various “Titles” of various Civil Rights Acts. The pdf file of this letter may be viewed here:
Dear Colleague letter Guidance letter prepared with our partners at the U.S. Department of Justice describing how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. English [PDF, 587] | En español [PDF, 644K]
This conflating school discipline and maintaining order in the classroom with civil rights violations ought to be an outrage to every decent American, black, brown or white, majority or minority. The very idea of miscreants being coddled, or getting a pass, because of the color of their skin, ought to bring black mothers and fathers out en masse to school board meetings telling their local officials “Don’t you DARE give my son or daughter any special consideration because of the color of his/her skin. You demand the same respect for order from my kids as you do for white kids. And you tell Eric Holder and Arne Duncan to go pound sand!”
Will that happen? We’re not holding our breath. But we’re not blaming the parents out of hand, either, because (besides the long, sordid history of racebaiting and racial politics in this country) the language the Justice and Education Departments use in their letter is so spurious, conflicting and obfuscatory, it’s not surprising people would be ambivalent. The authors go on at length about discrimination based on race, color, creed and all the rest, saying the various Titles clearly state “Thou Shalt Not”, and then go on incongruously to demand that school officials do just that by withholding discipline ENTIRELY based on race and color.
Specifically, contrast this –
“When schools respond to student misconduct, Titles IV and VI require that the school’s response be undertaken in a racially nondiscriminatory manner.”
with this –
“The administration of student discipline can result in unlawful discrimination based on race in two ways: first, if a student is subjected to different treatment based on his race, and second, if a policy is neutral on its face – meaning that the policy itself does not mention race – and is administered in an evenhanded manner but has a disparate impact, i.e., a disproportionate and unjustified effect on students of a particular race.”
That is insane, Orwellian doublespeak and the people who speak it are evil. Period. They should not be dogcatchers, let alone Justice Department officials. One administers policy evenhandedly and that is discrimination??? When will we as a Nation have had enough of that nonsense? It is supremely insulting to people with common sense and is itself demeaning and harmful to children of ANY race.
Of course this is just one more abomination and corruption of the entire concept of equal treatment under the law going all the way back to the institution of so-called “affirmative action” policies beginning forty plus years ago. But we are at a point now in the evolution of all this that the United States of America is about to descend into a state of lawless anarchy and the very real possibility of racial conflict being fomented by the Obama Administration. This “guidance” being issued by DOJ and DOE (the same DOE which should not exist and should be abolished by Act of Congress) comes hard on the heels of Holder’s nomination of a defender of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal to be head of the Civil Rights Division at Justice and is consistent with Holder’s avowed goals of eliminating mandatory prison sentences for drug offenders, in fact calling for decriminalization, because minorities are “disproportionately” incarcerated.
Yes, just like the juvenile delinquents in the classroom are “disproportionately” disciplined. Perhaps the single most alarming signal being sent, and being fashioned from a falsehood, is that school officials are apparently not to involve law enforcement, or to be somehow held responsible for the actions of law enforcement, when bad kids act out:
Schools cannot divest themselves of responsibility for the nondiscriminatory administration of school
safety measures and student discipline by relying on school resource officers, school district
police officers, contract or private security companies, security guards or other contractors, or
law enforcement personnel. To the contrary, the Departments may hold schools accountable for
discriminatory actions taken by such parties.1
Al emphases ours. How much gall, or insipid , idiotic disregard for law and civic responsibility, does it take for the United States Department of Justice, forget their evil accomplices at the Department of Education for the moment, to suggest that school officials will be held accountable for the actions of law enforcement!!!???
What they are saying is “You had better not call the cops or we will send you to federal prison for civil rights violations.” It is one thing to hold administrators responsible for the actions of their employees in any case arising under any civil or criminal code. But to threaten action if law enforcement becomes involved is just that – a threat. An illegal, unconstitutional, abominable, abhorrent attempt to tyrannize.
This must not stand. Whether couched in terms of “guidelines” or “information” or “may result” or any other heading or language, it is thuggery the same as if the street thug threatened you if you called the cops when he took your wallet.
Somebody has to do something about this. It is obvious that the Congress of the United States is too cowardly. It is becoming more and more obvious that the esteemed jurists across the land, the ones with supposedly the finest legal minds and the cocksure knowledge of all things federal and constitutional, can’t be bothered, or that those who could bother them are too timid to do so.
So it’s going to fall to somebody else to put a stop to the madness. Therefore, we suggest you all get your tweeters out and start tweeting, and start formulating resolutions on Facebook to “like”, and start your petition drives, and not last or least contact your state legislators in support of executive action by the governors of the several states, preferably in concert with one another, to inform the Department of Justice that any attempt to threaten or intimidate public school officials in any district in said states from contacting or cooperating with local and state law enforcement, will not be tolerated.
That’s item Number One. Item Number Two would be for those same Governors to immediately undertake expedited court action to have this abomination issued by DOJ and DOE retracted and declared illegal and unconstitutional as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, no matter it’s “advisory” nature.
There is a movement afoot to call for a Constitutional Convention to rein in an unbridled, often tyrannical federal government. While that may be a long term solution, the fact remains that Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Arne Duncan are not waiting for the results of any such convention which may be two, three or more years down the road and in any case may not incorporate the action needed to deal with the despicable, race-baiting, power-mad thugs who lord it over us today. They are sowing resentment and hatred and destroying lives and civil society for their own evil ends and it just finally has to stop.
Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions