“And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not:Am I my brother’s keeper?”
When Obama announced his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative a week ago many took him at his word that this would not be another huge government program in which money is poured down a hole.
“Just to be clear, My Brother’s Keeper is not some new, big government program,” Obama said in a 40-minute speech in which he repeatedly referred to the need to help “young men of color.” Obama gave the speech on a stage in front of a bunch of “young men of color” from Chicago.
“I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realized at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses,” he said in attempt to make it seem like his travails were like those of today’s minority youth, though he was largely reared by white grandparents in Hawaii.
Obama pointed out that “Latino kids are almost twice as likely as white kids to be suspended from school. Black kids are nearly four times as likely.”
The memo that came with this “initiative” sure makes it seem like a big government program.
It creates a task force chaired by an assistant to the president and consisting of members of:
— the Attorney General;
— the Secretary of Agriculture;
— the Secretary of Commerce;
— the Secretary of Defense;
— the Secretary of Education;
— the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
— the Secretary of Housing and Urban
— the Secretary of the Interior;
— the Secretary of Labor;
— the Secretary of Transportation;
— the Director of the Office of Management and
— the Chair of the Council of Economic
— the Director of the Office of Personnel
— the Administrator of the Small Business
— the Chief Executive Officer of the
Corporation for National and Community Service;
— the Assistant to the President for
Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement;
— the Director of the Domestic Policy Council;
— the Director of the Office of Science and
— the Director of the National Economic
— the heads of such other executive
departments, agencies, and offices as the Chair may,
from time to time, designate.
This task force is to provide recommendations for how “young men of color” can gain access to “early childhood supports; grade school literacy; pathways to college and a career, including issues arising from school disciplinary action; access to mentoring services and support networks; and interactions with the criminal justice system and violent crime.”
That part about school disciplinary action sounds entirely too much like the proposal in January from Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who issued a set of national guidelines for discipline in public schools, claiming current discipline procedures disproportionately affect minorities.
“Too often, so-called zero-tolerance policies, however well intentioned they might be, make students feel unwelcome in their own schools; they disrupt the learning process,” Holder said, specifically talking about minority students. “And they can have significant and lasting negative effects on the long-term well-being of our young people, increasing their likelihood of future contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” He ignored the negative impact on education for classmates who must put up with the unruly students.
Holder and Duncan, like Obama, were obsessed with the statistics that show black students make up only 15 percent of students. but blacks account for more than one-third of students suspended once, and 44 percent of those suspended more than once.
Ipso facto, there is bias. Bias that can remedied only by racial quotas.
Racial quotas in home loans and cars. Racial quotas in hiring. Racial quotas in college admissions. Racial quotas for prisons. Now, racial quotas in school discipline.
Or, as Investor’s Business Daily calls it: Race mongering:
“The president didn’t mention in his speech that a new Education Department rule will require every public school district to report suspension and expulsion data by race. Nor did he say the department also wants to know how often black students are put in ‘handcuffs’ or other ‘restraints’ on campus vs. white students.
“Once Obama’s race cops compile their discrimination database, every school district in the country will come under intense political pressure to scrap discipline at the expense of classroom safety. And every black kid will have a built-in excuse for bad behavior: racism.”
It may sound like a carrot, but it is really a big government stick. Make things come out proportionately with race or the attorney general will hammer you with a discrimination lawsuit. And if you disagree, you are a racist.