Heather MacDonald’s Soft Bigotry, Or Problem With Black Youth

The hits just keep on coming.

We have Paul Ryan talking out of his ass that inner city (black and brown) men don’t want to work. We know he failed to correct himself trying to distance himself from the starting another fire of racism. We recognize coded language.

But the right’s bigotry continues.

Several days ago, a report from the Department of Education shows that racial disparities in suspension rates are evident to black children as young as four-years old:

Gaping disparities in how school discipline has been meted out has long been a department focus, but the new data show that those racial gaps start early: Black children constitute 18 percent of all kids attending preschool but account for 48 percent of all students suspended more than once, the new data show.

 

Earlier studies have found that these high suspension rates for black students — males in particular — exist among older students as well, Yale associate professor Walter Gilliam said.

 

The race gap “was bad then, and it’s bad now,” Gilliam said. “You don’t have to be able to split hairs to see how disproportionate it is.” Gilliam’s own research has found high expulsion rates among black preschoolers, but there has been little prior research on suspension.

 

Suspending young students is a controversial practice because 3- and 4-year-olds are unlikely to learn from that sort of discipline, said Laura Bornfreund, deputy director of early education at the think tank New America. For these children, “there’s no connection between what kind of misbehavior a preschooler did in class to being suspended,” so kids are unlikely to learn from their mistakes, she explained.

But for those on the right, suspending black male students, even those as young as four-years old, is only natural, at least according to Heather MacDonald, writer for the National Review, a right-wing, conservative website. MacDonald’s reasoning is familiar to a lot of people and conveyed by racists across the world. She pulls no punches reminding white people why they should fear and hate black men, including toddlers. The Daily Kos reports:

Actually, what [NAACP educational director] Ms. Smith-Evans should be trying to fathom is the black crime rate, which explains the school-suspension rate. Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age combined. Given such high crime rates, what do the civil-rights advocates and the Obama administration think is going on in the classroom — docile obedience and strict self-discipline? In fact, the same weak impulse control that leads to such high crime rates among young black males inevitably means more disruptive behavior in school.

It’s the same old white supremacist babble that we’ve heard for generations.However, keep in mind that the focus is on four-year old children. But to MacDonald, black male children are born with the pension for senseless violence. So, it doesn’t matter if these are toddlers we’re talking about. And there’s no need to bring in the structural factors, including racism (I went there.) into the equation. To MacDonald, they don’t matter or rather, they don’t exist. Young black males will start fights, shoot people and rape your women just because they’re…black.

MacDonald doesn’t quit there. She mentions a 14-year old shooting a bus in Brooklyn, wounding a 39-year old passenger. She smugly wants you to guess the race of the teen, because the media dared not to:

…The New York media reported that a 14-year-old boy riding a bus in Brooklyn the previous night had opened fire on the bus and fatally shot an innocent 39-year-old passenger in the head. Did anyone doubt the race of the killer, even though the media did not disclose it?

Nevermind that this was a tragedy. Don’t worry about questioning why a young teen would do such a thing or what led him to shoot at a bus. Forget that race shouldn’t be a factor. MacDonald decided to write off the incident as proof of the inability of black men, assuming the teen was black, to control their urge for violence.

Heather MacDonald
Heather MacDonald

What’s causing this? MacDonald suggests that it’s the black illegitimacy rate, single parenthood, excess, unprotected black promiscuity and overall bad parenting that seemingly only black folks excel at as the cause for the high crime rate. In other words, black people are failures when it comes to raising their children, and that, along with their culture of gangsterism and poverty associated with merely having black skin, has led to the problems the black community face. Not racism.

Heather MacDonald is not alone in her obvious disdain for black people, nor is the right the only guilty party. (I’m looking at you liberals as well.) America has always had a problem with black people, especially after they were “freed” from slavery. Today, studies have shown that that problem can start to rear its ugly head when black children start learning how to walk. Much of society will not see black children as children. Certainly not the same way they see white children who can  as disruptive.

Due to white privilege (What else could it possibly be?), their white skin is seen as proof of their ‘innocence’. “They’re just kids, and it’s normal for kids to be rowdy and too playful.” But a black child acting the same way, they may likely say to themselves, “They’re going to end up in prison or dead.” And society’s broken systems and white supremacist mindset, as evidenced by Heather MacDonald’s own racist view of blacks, will funnel them to those two destinations.