Well, there you have it. The Dickinson/Bay Area branch of the NAACP has the explanation for why black students are disproportionally sent to the juvenile justice system: Texas is just unfair (“Schools’ discipline for minorities unfair,” Daily News, March. 7).
By citing the suspension rates for schools, you could also look at incarceration rates by race. That also has been challenged. Depending on what groups you get your information from, Texas is unfair in that area as well. Is it really bias, racial injustice, lack of programs or after-school funding that is causing this disproportionate suspension rate?
No matter the color of your skin, if you do not have strong family support and discipline at home, your success rate will be low. The so-called minor disruptive behavior, insubordination and fights cause everyone to miss out.
The Class B offenses cited are not just for minor disruptive behavior. The schools need a firm policy, so all who want to learn have that opportunity. They are there to teach — not to raise our children. Think tanks and partnerships have to be a good start. Blaming the system for perceived injustice is not.
Chris Hines lives in Texas City