Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Racial Disparities in US School Suspensions

By Sam Dillon
Published in the New York Times: September 13, 2010

In many of the nation’s middle schools, black boys were nearly three times as likely to be suspended as white boys, according to a new study, which also found that black girls were suspended at four times the rate of white girls.

School authorities also suspended Hispanic and American Indian middle school students at higher rates than white students, though not at such disproportionate rates as for black children, the study found. Asian students were less likely to be suspended than whites.

The study analyzed four decades of federal Department of Education data on suspensions, with a special focus on figures from 2002 and 2006, that were drawn from 9,220 of the nation’s 16,000 public middle schools.

The study, “Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis,” was published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization.

Read the rest of this New York Times article here.


Richard Keefe said...

The most ironic (read: "hypocritical") thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.


In fact, according to the SPLC's hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King's home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power.

As for being a "non-profit," last year the SPLC reported nearly $190 MILLION tax-free donor-dollars in its bloated Endowment Fund. That sounds pretty profitable to me.

Some "experts"

Ridwan said...

Thanks for your comment Richard.

Please help me understand some more.

Are you saying that the SPLC has a white agenda or is racist because there are no people of color in their top management (an odd fact no doubt)?

Also, how does your critique of the SPLC explain the commitment and success by Dees in the Mulugeta Seraw case?

That case virtually defeated the Skinheads movement (WAR) in the Pacific Northwest and the Metzgers too.

And, the SPLC did not charge the Seraw family for litigation which was very costly.