Alabama Official: Blacks More Likely to “Misbehave” in Schools

In Huntsville, Alabama, African American students are facing an increasing education gap in their public schools.  But according to one Republican official, that’s just because life isn’t “fair.”

Via Think Progress:

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has been evaluating the Huntsville, AL school system’s racial integration, and earlier this month released a report that “wasn’t promising.” The DOJ listed “several outstanding desegregation issues that the school district must address,” including “that predominantly black schools have too few advanced courses” and “that black children at predominantly white schools are punished and suspended at alarming rates.”

But Hugh McInnish, a member of the Madison County Republican Executive Committee who also sits on the state Republican Executive Committee, set out to school the DOJ on the real reason racial disparities exist in Hunstville: “Life is unfair.” In a press conference at his gated community and a letter responding to the DOJ last week, McInnish offered a litany of bizarre “proof” that racial disparity isn’t “manmade,” claiming “blacks misbehave on average more frequently than whites do,” and that black students are unable to perform as well as white students. To McInnish, the only “manmade unfairness here” is that the DOJ wants to “correct a problem that is not of their making”

McInnish also claims that the lack of more African American students in advanced courses has to do with them not requesting to be placed in the courses, and that those are reserved for “exceptional” students anyway, implying of course that those students are not.], via Wikimedia Commons">wikimedia commons

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Janieawaynow Massey
.4 years ago

Hugh McInnish, what planet did you come from. Sounds like you need to take a course on racial profiling. Not that it would change your mind. Living in the South, I can tell you there are far too many bigots and profilers here. It makes my stomach turn. You should be ashamed!

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Anita Berry
cappy Berry4 years ago

Those remarks are the ultimate in ignorance,biogotry & stupidity. I guess the kids at columbine were well behaved. White kids behave worse than black kids because they are more likely to get away with it because of racial prejudice. I guess the "craiglist killer" was well behaved too. Get real & face facts --99% of serial killers are white. So who has the behavorial problems?

Lee Meacham
Lee Meacham4 years ago

I agree with alot said here, but I have always said that the schools need to discipline more. Children will misbehave if they know they can get away with it. When I was in school, the teacher commanded attention. Now days, I'm told it's not their job. They just send them home or suspend them. Reward them for bad behavior. Public schools have gotten very bad. If I could send my son to a private school, he would behave better in school like he does at home. My son is white, when he was in first grade and I volunteered, the teacher said he behaved better when I was there. That's because I let him know who is boss. Not all children need this, but alot do. Children see their teacher more than their parents. I say more private schools with rulers...

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago


K W.
Kristine Wyatt4 years ago

Right on, Empress Ginger and Brenda. I completely agree with you and would like to see someone looking at whether there is a connection between "acting out" and home life. It only makes sense that latch-key children whose parents, for whatever reason, place no emphasis on education are more likely to do poorly in school. And that, more than socioeconomic status, is probably the determining factor in academic success ~ and, unfortunately, success in life.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

The way that these children are treated by society is enough to make them "misbehave" Who enjoys being at the bottom the ladder in almost everything? They have witnessed their parents struggle and feel that nobody cares.
They should be give every opportunity available to make progress.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli4 years ago

Poor underprivileged kids who are struggling to lead a rough life with few luxuries and many hardships are more likely to misbehave....and blacks are more likely to be poor. So the statement tho not PC is true...but the 'cause' is not their skin color but their class in society.

Robby C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Sharon Beth L - yes, I typed that rather quickly- actually, I expected some nasty remarks, but in the end, I'm happy to see that no one took the easy road.

Nora, Doyal, Vernon, Rex, Kathy, yourself (Sharon), & others, all have valid points. I was trying to sum up many of the same feeelings, but in re-reading my post, I may have failed. There are many parts to this equation.

Misbehaving & "acting out" may be cultural, but is still unacceptable. The distractions are not fair to the children who DO behave! And I don't care what the reason is. Of course, throwing a bunch of whites & blacks into schools together may not right either. But one of the few alternatives is segregation & that's probably wrong too.

We need to find out why certain children act out more. Are they picked on more? Are they treated differently? Is it an attempt to get preferential treatment? Is it a racial thing? Whatever the case, we're dealing w/children. We need to find out why & then find ways to change it & hopefully make society better for the next generation for EVERYONE.

I'm far from racist, but I do try to be honest & that often means speaking up, even when your opinion may be unpopular.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

Why do these banana brains insist on the stupidity of stereotyping?

Linda K.
Linda K.4 years ago

These remarks are shameful. Hugh McInnish is the one with a problem.