Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I read Mr. Reagan’s article on racial disparity with interest. No doubt the statistics are somewhat true, and I don’t know if Mr. Reagan has an agenda or not. I take away with this article that schools are racist in dealing with differing skin color when it comes to who gets suspended or receives in-school discipline. If this is true, then that also exists in court systems throughout America. What the article fails to tell me is what were the school infractions that caused the disciplines in the first place?
Does this mean that whites and Hispanics and others for the same infractions are treated differently? Statistics from the same federal government indicate the blacks from disparaged neighborhoods cause more crime than other races in similar environments, which leads to higher convictions amongst the blacks. What has failed blacks and others committing crime is the lack of a steady family influence on their children, education, assimilation into the workforce and politics holding the minority groups as hostages for political advantage.
As the 2020 election year approaches, studies of this type only reinforce the racial divide in America. We know there is a disparity, and that government should get out of the racial hate business and bring local leaders together and attempt to resolve the 100-plus years of disparity and put the victimology behind us. We are better than that, and it’s not going to be easy.
Ed Van Blaricum