California Makes Its Values Depressingly Clear: Minority Privilege Over Children’s Lives

Forget it, Jake, it’s California Town.

Two days after the Uvalde shooting, as all of California Democrats, progressives and anti-gun zealots were metaphorically screaming “Murderers!” at those who aren’t willing to gut the Second Amendment to pretend that various restrictions would stop evil lunatics like Ramos, the California State Senate voted to end a legal requirement that students who threaten violence against school officials be reported.

The old law mandated that whenever a school official was “attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened by any pupil,” staff must “promptly report the incident to specified law enforcement authorities.”

Gone. So, for example, the teacher in that screenshot above, taken from a video of an in-class assault, would not be obligated to report it. How odd that the state would eliminate such a restriction as the question rages over how so many people aware that the Uvalde shooter was an anti-social, gun-obsessed menace never alerted authorities. What could possibly be California’s thinking?

Oh, come on. It’s easy! I guessed—that proves it’s easy. The ACLU’s statement on why it supports the repeal tells all:

Decades of research show the long-term harm to young people of even minimal contact with the juvenile or criminal legal systems. Once students make contact with law enforcement, they are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to wind up in jail or prison. These harms fall disproportionately on students from marginalized groups: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as students with disabilities, are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited, and arrested.

Taking the photo above as an example, that student is merely the victim of centuries of systemic racism, and justifiably enraged by a racist white supremacist culture. Reporting him just compounds the injustice.

You see, a disproportional number of students who attack, assault and threaten school officials are “of color,” and there’s no way to be lenient with them while properly enforcing the sensible law when white students do the same, so the obvious solution is to pretend there’s nothing wrong with attacking school officials. Disparate impact!

Now one would think (or at least I would, but I’m not a Californian) that the rational, responsible way to address the fact that black and Hispanic students are more likely to trigger the reporting requirement would be to address the cultural and family influences that create anti-social kids. The ACLU’s statement is disingenuous: it isn’t the interaction with law enforcement that sets black and brown kids on the road to prison, it’s their proclivity to engage in illegal conduct justly placing them in such contact. Nevertheless, the fiction that the disparity between the conduct of white and minority students is purely a matter of racism and discrimination is central to progressive beliefs. Rather than admit its disconnect from reality, this warped state would rather signal its solidarity with Black Lives Matters activists while placing all students, teachers and administrators at risk.

When a school shooting take place in the Golden State and we learn that the shooter had threatened teachers after physically assaulting them, I look forward to California Democrats explaining how it was worth it, because many minority students have avoided being handicapped by the consequences of their own conduct.

23 thoughts on “California Makes Its Values Depressingly Clear: Minority Privilege Over Children’s Lives

      • Jack Marshall wrote, “Oh, I’d take that bet. Chris was reasonable about a lot of things.”

        Don’t get me wrong, even if Chris disagreed with the core of this vote (which I really hope he would since he’s a teacher) I still bet he’d rationalize the policy thus projecting the purity of his California progressive magical thinking* credentials.

        I don’t think we’ll ever know because Chris has remained very silent across the vastness of the internet on a great many things since he exiled himself from Ethics Alarms. Maybe some of that is because he’s a a relatively new husband and a brand new father as of December 2021, it appears that he’s now too busy with work and life to dabble in such things.

        *Magical Thinking: is a kind of irrational thinking that causes a person to completely reject critical thinking and replace it with absurd reasoning because their bias tells them it’s true.

      • And unreasonable about just as many. It would be poetic justice reading an article about him getting the crap beaten out of him by a student, probably after begging him not to hit him again.

        • Steve-O-in-NJ wrote, “And unreasonable about just as many.”

          Unreasonable sure but mostly irrational.

          How can you argue with the “intellectual genius” statements like this one from Chris on May 31st on his Twitter account…

          “Can’t believe the soldiers in this World War II film who liberated a camp at the end just called the Nazis “Germany.” Just goes to show you how much America sucks!”

          Don’t try to justify what he wrote just explain to me what the fuck kind of irrational and illogical thinking causes a school teacher, yes a SCHOOL TEACHER, in the United States of America to spew such complete and utter nonsense?

          Yes bias can make people stupid but Twitter can turn stupid people into complete blithering idiots. It’s too bad that stupid people don’t know they’re stupid and continue to flap their traps.

    • I can think of a rational reason behind the repeal – it ties teachers’ hands, and prevents them from exercising judgement as to what rises to the level of a criminal offense and what does not. The teenager throttling a teacher as shown in the photo is clearly a case of criminal assault, and should be reported to police, but do we really need to get police involved for spitballs in the third grade?

      • DaveL wrote, “I can think of a rational reason behind the repeal – it ties teachers’ hands, and prevents them from exercising judgement as to what rises to the level of a criminal offense and what does not.”

        Actually from what I’m reading it unties their hands, there was a legal requirement to report and now is no longer a legal requirement to report. Since there is no longer a requirement to report, this will set up a perfect environment for students to intimidate teachers into not reporting.

        • Yes, I meant the law being repealed tied their hands.

          But I don’t think it’s the students you’re going to have to worry about bullying teachers into not reporting. If anything, it will be parents, administrators, and your friendly neighborhood DEI director, or whatever they call zampolit these days.

          • Tied their hands so they couldn’t play favorites. And that’s the reason for the law; if everyone has to be reported, there’s no “poor guy, he was doing so well, let’s give him a break.” There’s no excuse for even thinking about attacking or threatening a teacher.

            • Meh. The law was yet another instance of distrusting the discretion of teachers… and only of teachers. Everybody else, apparently–youth ministers, little league coaches, neighbors, store employees, literally everyone–is allowed to weigh all the various factors that go into a decision whether or not to call in the police. Not teachers. Teachers are bad.
              And seriously, do you really think that the fact that teachers are required to report an incident to the police makes them any less subject to retaliation for doing so?
              As a “responsible employee” and “mandatory reporter,” I’m required by law to report any reports of Title IX violations: whether or not the victim begs me not to do so, whether or nor what I’m being told is hearsay or even just rumor, whether or not I believe the person who gave me the information is even telling the truth, whether I think that what has been told to me ought to rise to the level of an investigation.
              I understand the rationale for the law, but it still ties my hands and takes us one step closer to a police state, and all of us one step further into being informants rather than rational citizens.
              I think this is similar. The law may have had its advantages, but there’s a downside, as well. A student threatens me, then immediately calms down, apologizes, and bawls. He’s overwrought because his mother was just diagnosed with cancer. I tell him it’s OK, but maybe getting some counseling would be a good idea. I don’t call the cops, whom I don’t trust to act intelligently. I’ve just committed a crime? Screw that.
              I’m not a fan of requiring anyone to call the police for non-violent offenses. I can’t get terribly excited about this case one way or the other, but I’d call repealing the law a net positive. If that makes me unreasonable or whatever, so be it. I’ve been called worse.

              • “and only of teachers. Everybody else, apparently–youth ministers, little league coaches, neighbors, store employees, literally everyone–is allowed to weigh all the various factors that go into a decision whether or not to call in the police. Not teachers. Teachers are bad.”

                Of all your examples, only teachers are employees of the state. Unless private school teachers are also required to report.

                I wish teaching as a profession hadn’t demolished any ounce of goodwill it once had in the last few years, but at this point, not much could make me feel sorry for teachers. I know there are good ones, but they’ve become to the right what cops are to the left.

  1. If you want to prepare children for an adulthood of not being prosecuted for large-scale shoplifting, you need to start by not prosecuting them for assaulting teachers.

  2. Decades of research show the long-term harm to young people of even minimal contact with the juvenile or criminal legal systems. Once students make contact with law enforcement, they are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to wind up in jail or prison. These harms fall disproportionately on students from marginalized groups: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as students with disabilities, are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited, and arrested.

    Note that this is the same side that pushes for stricter gun control laws.

    This is yet again more evidence that they do not want to go after the street thug and the gangbanger.

    Is it any wonder they have more outrage against Kyle Rittenhouse than the McMichaels?

    By the way, remember when one of your Facebook friends called me a racist for using the term “thugs and gangbangers”?

  3. I think California is just trying to get the message across, that if you are non-white, non-conservative, non-straight, illegal immigrant, and/or justice involved individual, it is basically The Purge for you, have fun, cause chaos, etc. It’s the system’s fault, man! For everyone else, well…

  4. From what I remember from my own California high school experience (in the mid 80’s), this has been an issue for decades. I never saw teachers getting physically attacked (unless getting Fig Newtons thrown at you every time you turn your back counts), but the level of absolute disrespect and general chaos in the class rooms made learning much of anything difficult. The solution was and is obvious: the few trouble makers (white and “of color”) need to be suspended and then, if the behavior continues, expelled. I’m not sure why these options weren’t used (and, apparently, are still not used).

    I don’t imagine that this change in the law is going to improve the situation. I would prefer something else: mandatory expulsion if a student attacks a teacher. Isn’t this what every other sane place does?

  5. The reason the left doesn’t try to address the cultural and family issues that lead to this behavior is because they don’t believe it is cultural and family issues. They believe that race defines everything. That is how they can demonize white people, genetics is everything. The white leftists of the ACLU believe that black and brown people are more violent and incapable of existing in a civilized society, so it is white people’s fault that we created a society where ‘diverse’ people are incapable of following the rules. You can see this in education where ‘math is racist’. How do they deal with ‘racist math’, they eliminated advanced math classes (as Virginia and California did) because they do not believe that black and hispanic students are capable of learning it. This is also why they believe in affirmative action. They do not believe that blacks and hispanics will ever be able to compete with Asians and whites on a level playing field, so racial preferences are required.

    The left has always been racist and believed that darker skinned people are inferior. CRT and ‘racial equality’ types believe in white supremacy.

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