The left believes, simplistically, that all of society’s problems are the fault of racist white people. Racist police harass (and murder, according to Quentin Tarantino) innocent African-Americans for no other reason than racism. Racist schoolteachers and administrators disproportionately discipline African-American students because of racism. In their minds, there is no other explanation for why minorities should be disproportionately disciplined or arrested other than racism.
From this simplistic worldview stems a simplistically policy dictate: Police departments should be monitored and if they arrest more black (or hispanic) people than white people, the Obama Justice Department will send investigators and bureaucrats to make their lives miserable. For schools, it means the Obama Administration will monitor their disciplinary actions, and if the administration feels there are too many suspensions or expulsions of non-white students, they will have their Federal funding cut.
The message to law enforcement and schools is clear; stop arresting and disciplining black people or you will be punished.
How’s that working out in the real world, which is somewhat more complex than the “Racism Explains Everything” model of the Democrat Left?
Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., public schools are standing by helplessly as violent kids assault teachers because it’s now a no-no to suspend them there too. “Teachers have been repeatedly hit, bitten and kicked by students,” the local newspaper reported.
Madison school officials put in place a touchy-feely alternative to suspensions recommended by the Obama regime, but clearly it’s not working.
“The theory does not match the reality,” a middle school teacher said. Students “are smelling and sensing a lack of structure,” and students displaying aggressive behavior are constantly disrupting classes.
The inmates are running the asylum now across the country. After Los Angeles Unified School District police stopped giving citations for fighting and theft — on orders from Obama educrats who threatened to sue the district for discrimination — such offenses have surged.
In Baltimore, poster child of Obama’s anti-discipline experiment, things have gotten so bad that officials are now actually having to bribe schools to keep suspension numbers down.
Teachers fear physical abuse from increasingly aggressive students there. So the district has offered to pay teachers and their principals bonuses to look the other way.
These policies have no effect, of course, on the liberal elites who support them. Their communities are secured by walls, gates and private security. Their children (if they have any) attend private schools with only a select number of well-behaved minority children admitted.
As usual, the biggest victim of delusional left-wing policies are the poor saps who vote delusional leftists into power.