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  •  What was the "experiment?" (1+ / 0-)
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    "Will I be able to make a bomb?"

    Because she happened to be black I knew it was just a matter of time before somebody pulled out the race card. Didn't take long.

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    by dov12348 on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:21:54 PM PDT

    •  Have you ever incarnated as a male teenager? (2+ / 0-)
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      dov12348, SilentBrook

      It's easier to understand if you think of what boys do, even though she's a girl.

      "What will happen?" is something they do without adult regard for results.

      If this wasn't an experiment, then Mythbusters isn't.

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      by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:58:20 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, a male - mostly baseball and music. (1+ / 0-)
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        Actually I recall I had a chemistry set too - I experimented so much my parents thought I was going to make a bomb so they got rid of it.  Actually I didn't know what the hell I was doing. Just mixing things to see what happened.  lol

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        by dov12348 on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:08:56 PM PDT

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    •  I appreciate the openness of your response to (3+ / 0-)
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      "Are you remembering what teenage boys do?".  But I also want to say a bit about "the race card."  

      It's a touchy term, since it's usually used to imply that the mention of race is unreasonable or unfair.  So the person who "played the race card" should be ashamed of themselves, and their argument should be discounted.

      But it's often important to talk about race, even when its role is not neat and clear. And we're supposed to be more open these days, more able to talk about race, right?

      In this situation, the response of the school system was excessive and blind and just nutty, whatever color the student was.  But there's also another layer.

      THere is a widespread pattern of black youths, especially black males, being disproportionately punished, ie punished more severely than white youths who do the same thing.  The stats I've seen focus mostly on two areas of punishment: expulsion from school, and being arrested, charged, and jailed for small-scale marijuana use.  THis is a really serious problem, as it reduces the number of kids who graduate from high school, much less get into college, thereby damaging their work-life prospects in a serious, long-term way.  And jail is even worse. It's crazy.  Crime rates are going down but young black people are flooding into jails.  Why?  Because of disparate treatment  of black youth in the justice system.  And how many of those kids may never really get their lives back on track?

      And how can we not call what's happening racist?  Any particular DA or police officer might be completely innocent of racist intent.  But the way the justice system is functioning is racist, and it's doing serious harm.

      So then here comes a case of yet another black youth, this time a 16 year old girl, a model student, who makes a loud noise and scares some people (including herself) -- and they want to expel her and lay serious criminal charges on her, as an adult.

      This is just bound to upset and anger people, because not only is it patently wrong, it's also that same pattern of disparate punishment again, and that's outrageous.  Until I see news of the conviction of any white kid who makes mini-booms outside the classroom, who harms nothing and no one and is threatened with jail time -- until then, I see this as part of a racist pattern of unfair punishment in our justice system.  It's eating kids alive, and it's got to stop.

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      by Fiona West on Thu May 02, 2013 at 04:39:08 PM PDT

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    •  Both. (0+ / 0-)

      They're playing the Race Card AND the Gender Card. Blogs like Feministing have picked this up as a sexist issue, while other blogs have picked it up as a racist issue.

      The problem is that it's all smoke and mirrors. A WHITE BOY has already been sentenced and sent to prison for exactly the same thing, and there hasn't been a single moment of public outcry for his release.

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