Do the Feds Discriminate Against White Male Bullying Victims?

Posted by on March 23, 2011

If you are a white male victim of bullying in the United States, tough luck. Your President has made bullying a federal civil rights issue, but his Justice and Education Departments can’t help you.

That’s the analysis in a recent Washington Times article entitled, “DOJ to white male bullying victims: Tough luck.”

The article quotes the Department of Justice’s web site which says:

The Civil Rights Division and the entire Justice Department are committed to ending bullying and harassment in schools, and the video highlights the Department’s authority to enforce federal laws that protect students from discrimination and harassment at school because of their race, national origin, disability, religion, and sex, including harassment based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes.

But the Justice Department will only investigate bullying if the victim is in a protected class covered by federal civil rights legislation.  This means discrimination based on the victim’s race, color, religion, or sex.

The Washington Times article notes that if the victim is a white male who is verbally and/or physically harassed because he is overweight, this victim is out of luck in getting federal intervention under what many are calling an overreaching federal government role in local school bullying issues.

According to the article, a Justice Department spokesperson more or less confirmed this analysis to be accurate, noting in an email that they, “…can only take action where we have legal authority.”  The spokesperson went on to reference civil rights laws as their source of authority used to intervene in local bullying cases. 

The article goes on to cite other exempt scenarios, such as a straight black male bully whose target is another straight black male, or two female students of the same sexual orientation and race.

The article asks if this means in the eyes of the Obama Administration’s Justice and Education Departments, certain student bullying victims are of lesser value than others.

This is an interesting analysis and, quite frankly, one I had not considered. It seems to be accurate, though.  And it reinforces what I have increasingly reported: That the current federal anti-bullying campaign is largely a civil rights agenda disguised as bullying.

What say you?

Ken Trump

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