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More on the Criminalization of School

TPM Reader MA has another thread of the criminalization of high school story. I would say that I still think the mid-late 20th century crime boom is a big, big part of this story, one which is obviously heavily bound up with race but is an independent statistical and societal fact. With that, TPM Reader MA ...

Josh, interesting post on the criminalization of innocuous behavior in schools, but I think you missed an important thread. Like the drug war and the militarization of policing, I think this phenomena is largely an expression of our nation's white supremacist origins and continuing mass anxieties and hysterias about race. One of the things that's come out of the recent discussion of the killings of Micheal Brown and Eric Gardner, etc., is how police forces are encouraged, through a plethora of mostly unspoken or indirect policies and cues and the prejudices police officers learn like the rest of us growing up in America, to see black and brown-skinned people and particularly young black males as a dangerous, violence-prone, always up-to-no-good criminal class.

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The Criminalization of Schooling

In the constant stream of articles that wash over us from an ever-expanding number of publications, a few stand out. One of them is an article published this morning by The Wall Street Journal. The subject was the increasing tendency for schools to bring in the police for incidents that most of us over 30 or certainly 40 would think of as things schools handle with detention or suspension or one of the other tools we associate with school discipline.

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Expert International Trolling

Yesterday two students from Rwanda were held out of school in New Jersey because of misplaced fears they could be carrying ebola. Ebola-free Rwanda is in East Africa, more than 2,000 miles from the nearest Ebola-infected country. But, you know. Africa!

Today Rwanda began Ebola screening all visitors to the country who have been to the US in the previous 22 days. There's no evidence to suggest the move was in retaliation. Just karma.