The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its kind lawsuit against the Palm Beach County School District over its low graduation rates, specifically for minority students.
In the past, the ACLU and other organizations have sued school districts for not distributing resources equally but no organization has pursued legal actions for not achieving equal results.
More than 71 percent of white students graduated on time in the county, but the number for black students was much lower at 55 percent, according to the school district. The ACLU puts the overall graduation rates much lower.
The ACLU is not seeking additional funding or any specific remedial measures, only that the school district improve its graduation rates..
Using the definition of graduation rates required under the No Child Left Behind Act, the ACLU found that 46.6 percent of students graduate from the county's schools. For black students, only 32 percent graduated, compared with 55 percent of white students.
"A high quality education for every child is not a luxury, but a constitutional requirement," said Muslima Lewis, Director of the ACLU of Florida's Racial Justice Project.
"The Palm Beach County School District must be held accountable for upholding the Florida constitutional mandate to make high quality education a reality for all students, regardless of age, race, special needs, ethnicity or gender. Students and teachers in Palm Beach County deserve an environment that ensures success, not failure - the district owes it to them and to our community."
Blacks average 15 point lower IQ's than Whites.
It has been this way for as long as testing has been conducted and will not change in the future.
In an effort to Engineer equality, social engineers have had to dumb down curriculum and standards so that the accomplishments of Whites will then mirror the lesser accomplishments and capabilities of blacks and hispanics.
As the percentage of Whites has dropped against the total population number, America (and other Western nations) have steadily declined.
And that leads to,
In my February newsletter, I discussed the deteriorating state of infrastructure in the U.S. The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded a grade of “D” to the country’s roads, dams, sewers and other structures, and estimated it would take $1.6 trillion in spending over five years to raise the grade to “B.” I argued that remediating America’s infrastructure was necessary to continue as a prosperous, First World nation.
As I was finishing that essay, South Africa showed me a textbook example of what happens when you let neglect go on too long. Their government announced a “national emergency” on January 25, 2008 as the instability in the power grid threatened collapse of the network1. The government owned utility Eskom ordered the largest mines to close and cut power to millions of homes and businesses, an emergency tactic they call “load shedding.” The mines had to stop work for five days, and then agree to cut back 10% of their usual power demands2. This crisis is playing out like a chapter from Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged.
While coal and aluminum companies were impacted, the gold and platinum miners suffered more as their mines are very deep—over a mile below the surface. It’s not safe to send workers down shafts unless at least 90% power is guaranteed. One large company, Harmony Gold estimated that the production halt prevented them from mining over 25,000 ounces of gold3. The miner laid off 5,000 workers in February in order to return to profitability4. Uranium production may drop as well, since many companies like AngloGold produce uranium as a by-product of gold.
Other commodities are affected by the electricity instability as well. Last month, Xstrata declared force majeure in contracts with vanadium and ferrochrome customers as it feared it would be unable to deliver adequate amounts of these inputs to steel production5. ArcelorMittal faced a similar situation, and may have to import steel to supply customers at a higher cost6. Analysts expect a global short term steel shortage as well.
Alec Erwin, the South African Minister of Public Enterprises claims the government is the victim of its own success in growing the economy so rapidly and connecting black townships to the grid. However, the boom in the economy was necessary to decrease the high unemployment rate of 25.5%10.
Now traffic crawls to a standstill when the stoplights go out, and restaurants have to close since they can’t cook. Some industries are looking at generators or alternative sources of power, but the price may be too high for small firms11. These companies may have to move offshore where they can get steady electricity or shut down. A company that makes plastic milk bottles claims it’s losing 4 million Rand per week due to the power fluctuations (approximately USD $500,000). Complaints by CEOs of the economic damage have been belittled by the government, as Trevor Manuel, the Minister of Finance referred to loss estimates as “overcooked and utter garbage”12 .
Much of the problem has arisen from Eskom’s rigid interpretation of South Africa’s affirmative action program, black economic empowerment or BEE16. While there was much oppression under the former apartheid system, the pendulum seems to have swung too far in the other direction. The company notonly favored black owned vendors, but moved in 2002 to a strict “hierarchy of procurement” in purchasing coal. Eskom started by sourcing coal from black female suppliers, then small black owned companies, then large black firms, then companies with pro-black practices, and then other suppliers. Only if the first supplier couldn’t accommodate would Eskom move down the chain to lower priority vendors.
However, it’s the quality of the coal is also a problem. The government blames wet coal, although coal burns better wet than when dry. In actuality, Eskom purposely sources coal of such poor quality it can’t be exported. The utility can demand a steep discount from local suppliers17. Frequently, it’s full of rocks and is so fine it turns into mud in the rain18. Although even the lowest grade coal has increased in price, the power company refuses to pay more for its contracts.
Eskom has also stumbled due to lack of qualified personnel. Bowing to political pressures, the skill shortage a union warned Eskom about was ignored in favor of racial and gender quotas. The utility’s workforce was cut in half over the past 15 years, as technically competent whites were denied employment. Eskom’s HR department sent out a memo in January 2008 right before the crisis stating, “No white male appointments for the rest of the financial year.”19
South Africa is suffering a “brain drain” as skilled workers—including former Eskom engineers—continue to emigrate to countries like New Zealand and Australia. Approximately one million whites left the nation between 1995 and 2005. Most of those whom emigrated due to high crime and limited economic opportunity were productive workers between the ages of 20 and 40. As the core of the workforce continues to seek jobs elsewhere, the nation suffers as a result.
The effect of the dropping percentage of Whites on various places around the world has been addressed here before.
America is now around 55% White and dropping fast.
The 2nd Dark Ages are upon us...