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Monday, January 20, 2014

How long before "disparate impact" is applied to all crimes?

Eric Holder has now decreed that the doctrine of disparate impact must apply to school discipline. This means that no matter how much more blacks and Hispanics misbehave, punishment must be equally allotted between the races. This is at heart, of course, an extremely racist policy: it means that an individual's race must be taken into account when discipline is meted out.

But as Thomas Sowell asked, "Does any sane adult really believe that there cannot be any difference between the behavior of black boys and Asian girls, for example?"

(Sowell's observation raises another question: should we insist that punishments for classroom fighting be distributed equally between boys and girls, regardless of who does the fighting?)

The question is, how long will it be before criminal laws are enforced this way? Right now roughly 50% of prison inmates are black. (Hispanics are also overrepresented among the inmate population.) Is this not just as "racist" as a school discipline policy which disproportionately penalizes blacks?

Will the greater rate of incarceration of blacks for rape and murder and armed robbery be deemed racist by the Holder Justice Department? How long before Holder cites this as an example of racial injustice and says that criminal laws must be enforced "fairly," i.e., unfairly. Will the DOJ insist that the racial makeup of our prison population reflect the makeup of the population as a whole?

This of course seems absolutely absurd on the face of it.

But it's no more so than Holder's recent edict about school discipline.

Eric Holder has turned MLK Jr. on his head: he doesn't want students to be judged on the "content of their character," but by the color of their skin.

12 comments:

Baloo said...

Good one. Reblogged with a quibcag:
A Newspeak Vocabulary Lesson

bluffcreek1967 said...

Eric "My People" Holder's policy of "disparate impact" is another example of how Leftists can't admit that blacks and other minorities commit higher levels of school violations that require discipline. To do so would violate the Left's racial mantra that blacks are innocent angels who are always held down by 'institutional racism.'

Policies like this will only embolden and increase more juvenile delinquency within public schools. God help any white students in a majority black school!

John, as you're aware, this "disparate impact" stuff is so ass-backwards and so obviously not going to help blacks, yet it will be shoved down our throats for decades until a few brave souls finally confess its error. In the meantime, many students and teachers will suffer under it.

This is just another reason why I don't believe our inner-city public schools can be 'saved.'

Spychiatrist said...

John.

In your honest opinion and assessment as to the worst case scenario. Will these radical leftists succeed in overturning every last vestige of our Republic or is there going to be a backlash?

You're a very intuitive and smart man and Id like your opinion. I'm of the opinion that life is going to change dramatically for Americans. I just wonder as to what extent and what magnitude.

I feel like I'm living in the former Soviet system here. Are we repeating history?

John Craig said...

Ambrose --
You're actually giving Holder more credit than I am. I think he knows full well that black students misbehave more than white students, but is ramming this edict through anyway, in a very cynical way. I honestly think he just sees it as a way of getting back at whitey.

The inner city schools are a lost cause, though no one will admit it. Look at what happened in St. Louis: they built those magnificent high schools with state of the art labs, swimming pools with underwater viewing rooms, low student-teacher ratios, everything money could buy. And it made next to no difference in their test scores. Or look at DC: more money is spent per pupil there than in any state in the country, yet their test scores rank at the very bottom. There's only one conclusion an honest person can draw.

Spychiatrist --
Thank you. I honestly don't know the answer to your question. I do think the country is becoming more factionalized, and what's happening in Congress -- the loss of collegiality across the aisle - is also happening everywhere else. Both sides are getting further apart and there's more animosity than before. I also think that a lot of the fault lines are becoming more blatantly racial. I don't know how people can hear about a policy like the one described in this post or the Holder's bringing of federal hated crime charges against the one white perpetrator of the knockout game (after years of blacks doing it with no hate crimes charges) without seething with resentment. And even if the media tries to keep a lid on that stuff, there are enough people with common sense out there and enough alternatives to the mainstream media on the internet that people will be confirmed in their feelings. Meanwhile, you've got all the people on the other side being kept in a constant state of resentment by the mainstream media with their constant talk of "racism" (which of course can only go in one direction) and the oppressive one percent. So….things will definitely get worse before they get better. But as to your question, which basically amounted to, are we doomed, I just don't know. Obama and Holder will be gone in just three years, and it's hard to imagine another administration this radical getting in. Even HIllary will look like a moderate by comparison; so on that front things will improve. But our demographics continue to shift, too, so…I just don't know.

Spychiatrist said...

Exactly, John.

That demographic thing is what has me worried.

Demographics is destiny right? Hillary could very well be our next President (forbid!), but she will seem like a moderate by comparison.

This administration in league with a leftist media has produced a boiling cauldron of animosity in this country like you said. People aren't couching their open hostility so much anymore. Blacks have become emboldened to push the envelope of aggression towards whites and others. They know this administration will protect them.

They are playing a fools game in my opinion. Racial tensions are simmering just underneath the surface. The Internet is a good barometer of the body politic. There's going to be some major troubles my friend.

Disparate Impact? More like a desperate impact that's coming.

John Craig said...

Spychiatrist --
(I always have to resist an urge to cll you Spike.) Yes, demographics is destiny, and in the long run, that's going to be the biggest problem. As the national average IQ goes down, as the percentage of tax payers goes down and the percentage of tax-eaters goes up, the economy will go downhill, and tensions will rise. And, yes, racial tensions are simmering. The melting pot has turned into a cauldron; it's hard to imagine it all coming to a good end.

bluffcreek1967 said...

John, just by way of clarification, my original comments on "disparate impact" were toward what these proponents presume on face value about it - namely, that black kids are being unfairly singled out for discipline instead of simply conceding that more of them commit more school violations than whites do.

I was refuting what Holder and others publicly claim. My intention was not to give them a cloak of respectability as if I were suggesting that they just didn't know. Maybe I should have clarified that point?

I agree with you that Leftists, like Holder and others, know that blacks on average commit more violations than white or Asian kids, but are using the statistics and "studies" as a means of getting back at whites. Holder is disingenuous to the core, and he's quite aware of the truth on this and many other racial matters.

John Craig said...

Ambrose --
Then we're in complete agreement. Looking back at your original comment, I interpreted "won't admit" as "refuse to believe" when in fact it doesn't necessarily mean that. In any case, thanks for the clarification.

"Disingenuous" is the perfect word for Holder.

Anonymous said...

I read this blog post by a retired FBI agent about race issues when it comes to defending the wrongfully convicted (racists are asking him why he is defending someone white and middle-class, rather than someone more "worthy"), and thought you might be interested: http://gmancasefile.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/jonas-salk-and-other-insensitive.html

It seems 'disparate impact' is permeating every area of society, including policing and the justice system...

- Gethin

John Craig said...

Gethin --
That guy has a good blog, I just read about six of the articles.

Yes, the disparate impact mentality has been around for a while, and yes, it is now infecting the justice system. In NYC, "stop and frisk" is being cut way back because blacks and Hispanics were being stopped disproportionately. Never mind that young black and Hispanic men commit 98% of the violent street crime in NYC.

Anonymous said...

There was something similar in the UK. After the 7/7/05 bombings, the police in London would stop and search people like crazy. But that was stopped when there was media outcry over the fact that they were mainly searching men of middle-eastern origin, not whites or women. The actual reason for that was not reported.

- Gethin

John Craig said...

Gethin --
In a perfect world, if they were searching for a rapist, 50% of all the people they stopped and questioned would be women.