wills11111 5pts Why is this surprising? And what, if any, evidence is there that this is the result of discrimination? Why are we supposed to assume that the skewed numbers show bias, rather than reflecting the reality that black children misbehave more than whites. Without some actual statistics showing that black students don't disproportionately violate school policies, there is little story here. Blacks are incarcerated at 6 times the rate of whites—but not because of bias; it's because they commit far more crime. Study after study has shown that the percentage of black suspects correlates almost exactly with percentage of arrests and convictions. And when controlling for variables like prior offenses, aggravating circumstances, etc., it is clear that, if anything, blacks are sentenced more lightly than whites for the same crimes.Blacks make up only 13% of the US population, yet are responsible for about half the murders—they commit murder at 8 times the rate whites do. This is not "bias"—all known murders are compiled in the federal UCR. Ultimately, this highlights the problem with racial identity politics, and the reason why a color-blind society is so essential: we are all equal under the law, but we are not all the same. Just as there are differences between individuals, if we insist on grouping individuals by skin color, we will find significant group differences. How is this helpful? Whose cause does it help to know group differences in, say, IQ tests?As egalitarians, we find that intolerable, so we pretend the test is "biased"—when it's obviously completely colorblind. We legislate in an attempt to meet unreasonable quotas—and advance nonsense like "disparate impact" tests that assume prejudice when outcomes fail to conform to a fiction, to quotas. In a country that is obviously a thousand times more tolerant than the one we lived in just a generation or two ago, we're forced to look harder and harder to find the "racism" to explain different group outcomes. But there is a solution: we don't have to construct an alternate, imaginary universe to "feel okay" about ourselves—all we have to do is stop grouping ourselves by color, and let each of us be a unique individual. Forget about comparing percentages of brown to pink to beige—focus on people, instead. Replace the racial grievance cottage industry with efforts that produce real results, that build self-esteem rather than tear it down, that heal old wounds rather than inflame and profit from them. MLK had this part right, and it is terribly sad to see his legacy shoved aside in favor of a victim mentality that serves no one, least of all the victims.