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SCHOOLS: PC brought us to today’s unrest

Re: “Racial disparities reflected in state school districts’ discipline rates” (TNT, 6-8).

Rationalizing the aberrant behavior of ethnic minority youth as reflections of their subcultures is a poor strategy for effective teaching. It is also an insult to ethnic families who are law-abiding citizens.

Appropriate behavioral standards for all are necessary for student learning and well-being. Anything that disrupts this environment should not be tolerated, no matter what the excuse.

The 1940s and ’50s, although focused on individual rights and responsibilities, were thought to have been too rigid, judgmental and biased against minorities. This exclusion from full citizenship was

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SHOOTING: Requirement for meaningful discussion of race

The murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, was in stark contrast with the high-profile incidents involving young black men who were killed in Sanford, Florida, by a Hispanic man who was on neighborhood watch duty and in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.

In both of these instances, the young black men initiated the confrontation and attacked aggressively. The public response to these incidents was egregious. Blacks organized massive protests promoting the false narrative that both men were innocent victims. This promoted widespread social unrest which led to physical injury, property damage and disruption of many small business

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RACE: Better to be PC or perceived as racist?

My dear friend and I were taking a lovely walk recently on the waterfront on Ruston Way about 9 a.m. Parking between Johnny’s and the Silver Cloud Inn, we thought we were safe to put our handbags in the back of her SUV.

We returned from our walk to find the back window shattered and our bags gone. Immediately my friend got on her phone to cancel her credit cards. My phone was in my stolen bag, so I looked around for any possible witnesses.

Two older gentlemen were walking around, looking at us, and I told them we had been broken

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POLICE: Stereotypes go both ways

Because a few young African-American males are violent and dangerous, some people assume that all young African-American males tend to be violent and dangerous.

Because a few police officers are violent and dangerous, some people assume that all police officers tend to be violent and dangerous.

Some people, I sincerely hope, are intelligent enough to avoid the fallacy of generalization and the stupidity of stereotypes.


RACE: Recognize racism is part of American fabric

A recent letter writer (TNT, Aug 19) claimed that “institutionalized racism is no longer present in America.” Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.

Institutionalized racism has been part of the American fabric for 400 years. Despite the visible progress resulting from the civil rights movement, power and privilege in the U.S. remain firmly and disproportionately in white hands.

White power and privilege is so ingrained throughout our society that most white folks are blind to it. I was certainly blind to institutionalized racism, and it has taken study, listening and above all candid conversations with African-American, Native

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RIOTS: Ghetto culture keeps blacks imprisoned

Re: “Riots in Ferguson: The people screamed” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 8-14).

Pitts joins the Al Sharptons of the so-called black leadership to tally the alleged atrocities that blacks have innocently suffered at the hands of the police over the past 14 years without mentioning the hundreds of black folk, mostly youth, who have been egregiously killed or injured by black gang members throughout America during the same period.

The ghetto culture, which has nothing to do with race and everything to do with levels of consciousness expressed, continues to keep young blacks imprisoned in a dead-end existence. Advocating

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SCHOOLS: Reinforce classic American culture

Non-Hispanic whites will no longer make up a majority of the student population in the nation’s schools (TNT, 8-10). They will be outnumbered by a combination of Latino, black, Asian and a mixture of other ethnic minority students.

This cannot be a cause of concern or alarm except in one regard: It is likely many schools, teachers, administrators and education professors will be energized by this new reality and renew the push for greater multiculturalism in the construction and delivery of curriculum in the nation’s schools.

In fact, an opposite response is called for by this new demographic shift.

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PITTS: Columnist didn’t get the memo on race

Re: “’12 Years’ reminds us we must face history to surmount it” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 3-6).

Memo to Pitts:

• Slavery was abolished in this country by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865.

• The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 forbidding discrimination regarding an individual’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

• In the last few years, minorities, especially the LGBT community, have had significant gains in the passage of state laws as well as in the court of public opinion.

• Barack Obama could not have been elected president in 2008

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