The State Journal's recent editorial "School Board votes to keep students safe" is no doubt correct that poverty and other societal challenges play a role in Madison's racially disproportionate, school-behavior issues. But so does the culture of victimhood.
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“Access to health care” does not explain the 15 to 20 middle school students who, after trashing Lakeview Library last March, taunted: “We don’t have to listen to the police!” and, “You can’t touch us.”
These 11- to 13-year-olds may not have learned that fallacy at school, but they didn’t unlearn it there, either. A superintendent of schools who blames her success on “white privilege” sends a powerfully destructive message that personal responsibility matters not — only the luck of the racial draw. It’s called “the soft bigotry of low expectations” — itself, a form of racism.
David Blaska, Madison