Racism vs. bad behaviour: Letter to the editor

Eric Holder’s dismissal of the Black Panther voter intimidation case was just for openers. Now, he wants schools to abandon their discipline policies, which send students to court instead of the principal’s office.

His reasoning is that if minorities are disciplined at rates greater than their percentage of population, schools are engaging in racial discrimination. He says, “… we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race, with schools handing out draconian punishments for things like uniform violations, schoolyard fights, disrespect and insubordination …”

Holder’s idea of over-zealous racism in this age of racial awareness, public sensitivity and cell phones is ridiculous. As an inner-city teacher for 26 years, I can assure you school discipline has nothing to do with race and everything to do with behavior, and not just disrespect or insubordination, but repeated violations of the worst kind of swearing, fighting and vicious in-your-face tirades. I’ve seen teachers and principals threatened, pushed and punched, and if a student ends up in court, it’s not because of color, it’s because they’ve earned it.