Number of the Day

70%: The percentage of students "involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement [who are] Hispanic or black," according to "the Civil Rights Data Collection's 2009-10 statistics from 72,000 schools in 7,000 districts, serving about 85 percent of the nation's students," despite the fact that "black and Hispanic students [constitute only] 44 percent of the students in the survey."

That is an alarming disparity. Or should be, to anyone who has a functional sense of decency.

At some point, we're going to need to stop dismissing as tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorizing observations about the public school system serving as a de facto subsidiary of the for-profit prison system, and have a serious national discussion about this deeply entrenched racist fuckery.

I strongly encourage you to read the entire article, which illuminates additional disparities.

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