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Racial Quotas Create Double Standards

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Racial Quotas Create Double Standards

Your editorial, "Henrico's Numbers," was right to defend colorblind student discipline. It would be a terrible mistake to ignore misconduct by some minority students in order to achieve statistical parity between whites and minorities in the overall number of each race suspended.
It would also be illegal. A federal appeals court in Chicago struck down a school system's racial quotas in school discipline, ruling that race cannot be considered in student discipline to achieve statistical parity. That court decision, People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education (1997), reaffirmed bedrock constitutional guarantees of equal protection.
Sadly, the Obama administration has chosen to ignore that court ruling in pressuring school systems to adopt racial quotas in school discipline, even though such quotas result in grossly unfair double standards for students of different races, and more violence and disruptive behavior in school.