C'mon, Y'all! Let's Play...
Revealin' the Racists!
Y'all thought I was fibbin' ("fibbin' like a nigga" is what y'all really thought) when I toldja that big percentage a the Anti-Affirmative Action Whitey Front was using the NBA analogy, that fucked up idea that Whitey can compare the socio-economic history of the YOU ES of A to a sports league. Which you can't. Unless you watched yourdelf a ton o' Casper the Friendly Ghost.
A lot of these here quotes shows the writers knowed full well the comparison they's was usin' to make they's non-arguments. It's almost sadda to see those other writer's who just usin' the analogy an' don't even know what they really sayin':
A black man can't succeed in any arena other than sports.
Fuck 'em anyway. These quotes be separated by "The Ugly," "The Bad," an' "The Good." Take ya time, y'all -- it's a lotta readin', yeah.
"Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action"
from Moral Matters,
by Prof. Jan Narveson
"There are innumerable differences betweeen groups besides the defining differences, and there is no reason why some of those should not be relevant to occupational choice and suitability. The number of black males on American professional basketball and football teams is vastly greater than the proportion of blacks in the general populace, while the number of Orientals is vastly smaller. Is this due to discrimination? Certainly not." FULL TEXT
"Happy Opposite Day"
by Bruce Gottlieb
"When do traditional job qualifications, such as a test or membership in a guild, amount to racial discrimination? ... You only have to imagine a state policy applying the high-school quota system to, say, basketball scholarships -- and explicitly being praised by state officials as a way to increase the number of white basketball players -- to realize how empty the claims are that this arrangement avoids the alleged evil of racial preference." FULL TEXT
"Is Affirmative Action on the Way Out? Should It Be?"
"But where is it written that different racial or ethnic groups must appear proportionately in all institutions and activities? In American higher education, gross disproportions are already quite common. Jews, for example, at less than 3 percent of the population, make up about 40 percent of most law faculties, and Asians have come to dominate Ph.D.'s in math and science. Blacks, at 12 percent of the population, account for two-thirds of the players in professional football and four-fifths in basketball. These disproportions may conflict with some abstract egalitarian ideal, but rarely are they seen as constituting so serious a problem as to require double standards in order to produce better racial or ethnic 'balances.'" FULL TEXT
"Parking, Affirmative Action Style"
by David Jackowe
John Hopkins News-Letter
"I think we should apply this to basketball as well. It discriminates against short, small-handed people. We need an Affirmative Action basketball, specifically designed for people with smaller hands. Is it fair that those who are at a disadvantage when it comes to gripping a basketball are immediately disqualified for factors beyond their control, i.e. small hands? And the hoop - ten feet off the ground! We need an Affirmative Action Basketball Hoop, which will eliminate height inequalities. I can't dunk a basketball, namely because the hoop is too high for me. So is it fair that I am put to the same standards as every other basketball player? Of course not.
"Why is it the same people who protest the government and businesses because of its 'inaccurate representation' of America will never touch sports using that argument? I wonder what would happen to professional sports if Affirmative Action quotas were instated? Who would be interested in watching if you knew the players were not the best possible athletes? Everything is about the purity of the game. Purity is the greatest benefit from absolute freedom." FULL TEXT
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"To be fair, Affirmative Action needs to be applied vigorously to all jobs. Take for instance the National Football League or the National Basketball Association. Do they have an application form requesting information about races, nationalities and gender? Using Affirmative Action figures we would have a team composed of 12.6% Afro-Americans, 10.2% Hispanics, 4.5% American Indians/Asian, and 51.2% females. The general requirements would remain the same: be able to jump with both feet off the ground at the same time, be able to throw the ball to another player, be able to dribble the ball and occasionally get it through the hoop (10 out of 30 tries is the current NBA average.)" FULL TEXT
"Racial Division Is Enhanced by Notions of Diversity"
by Eric Hankins & Terri David
The University Review
"What would minorities think about affirmative action implemented in the National Football League or the National Basketball Association? If whites cannot play football or basketball as well as minorities, our society says "tough luck." If affirmative action were to be implemented in either of these sports, we would have only a couple of minorities on each team. Pro sports leagues draft players based on their ability to perform, why can't universities and our government do the same?" FULL TEXT
"Affirmative Action or Equal Opportunity?"
by Professor Ralph R. Reiland
Cato Institute (of course)
"One wonders why the central planners at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) never got around to mandating that at least 90 percent of male decorators be practicing heterosexuals, or that professional basketball teams be 51 percent female, 80 percent white, and 25 percent vertically challenged. Cambodians own 80 percent of the do ughnut shops in California. Should the EEOC force them to franchise their shops to African-Americans and European-Americans?" FULL TEXT
"End Affirmative Action" message thread
Free Citizen Online
"To find out if someone really supports affirmative action, ask how they would apply it to the NFL and NBA." TEXT
"Affirmative Action Provokes More Tension By Its Injustice"
by Willy Hwang
The Rice Thresher
"As a society we must not leave out the disadvantaged among us merely because they belong to the "wrong" racial group. Some affirmative action proponents claim that underrepresentation of certain groups will have disastrous results.
"On the contrary, Anglo-Americans (whites), Asian-Americans (Orientals, Indians, Pacific Islanders, etc.) and Hispanic-Americans (Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans) remain underrepresented in such organizations as the National Basketball Association, yet society has not suffered tumultuous consequences as a result. " FULL TEXT
"Fair Is Fair, Atheletic Affirmative Action Too"
by Tate Williams
The Daily Cougar Online
"Why was I not entitled to a chance to play? I was an American, just like those guys. I just wanted an opportunity to take my team to the Final Four. I would leave after two great years and play in the NBA.
"But that wouldn't happen, because I was'nt given the opportunity.
"Why not? Considering that my racial/cultural group is underrepresented on the team, couldn't they lower the basket for me?" FULL TEXT
"Topic Two" message thread
Open Line Online
"Affirmitive action has no place in this country. A person has every opportunity and facility to succeed here. I bring up another argument. Most televised sports such as football and basketball are dominated by blacks. Shouldn't the government implement an agency to diversify commercial sports teams. I doubt that will happen." FULL TEXT
"A Talmudic Jump-Shot"
by Fred Reid
Fred On Everything
"Professional basketball, for example. An unbiased judge would have to conclude that I am preternaturally unsuited to replace Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls. I am too short, too slow, too old, too weak. My jump shot, though a thing of beauty, is too independent -minded to go where I tell it. It is true that I am not actually confined to a wheel chair, but I am otherwise a dream candidate for affirmative action.
"I want to play center.
"Further, I have the collateral credentials, being a victim: The NBA obviously discriminates against white players, or would if it had any. Alas, poor me. How I have suffered.
"Further still, I have been a victim for generations. (I'm not sure what that means, but I don't think it matters.) Blacks invariably point to slavery as justification for preference, the mistreatment of a great-grandfather being undeniable qualification for admission to a doctoral program in laser physics. Ah, but white males can make the similar claims.
I too can demonstrate that some of my ancestors were discriminated against, somewhere else, a long time ago, by people now dead, who had no connection tot he NBA." FULL TEXT
"Affirmative Action: Institutionalized Inequality"
by Walter Block & Timothy Mulcahy
"Consider how an affirmative action policy would affect the National Basketball Association. Today, in a free market for basketball players, the majority of players in the NBA are black. Were we to apply affirmative action here, the law would require fair representation of whites, Hispanics, and Asians. That even the most radical advocates of this policy never so much as contemplate such a course of action constitutes further indication of its intellectual bankruptcy." FULL TEXT
"Geral Ford, Racist?"
by Debbie Schlussel
Jewish World Review
"When I attended Michigan -- and it's no different, today -- at least two-thirds of the football and basketball teams were Black. Funny, I don't hear you advocating affirmative action for Whites who are overwhelmingly underrepresented on these teams." FULL TEXT
"Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences -- A Critique of Affirmative Action"
by Dr. Paul Hollander
Current World Leaders
"The principle of proportionality must lead one to suspect that if few conductors of symphony orchestras are black or Hispanic it must be the result of willful discrimination; if few Jewish officers can be found in the U.S. Special Forces or among firefighters (volunteer or professional) this too must be a result of exclusionary policies; likewise the shortage of black astronomers, geologists, and mathematicians (among other scientists) must be ascribed to discrimination, subtle or other; and there may be reason for serious concern with the underrepresentation of Asian-Americans in the ranks of professional boxers, football, and basketball players.
"At the same time it has yet to be proposed that the statistical overrepresentation of blacks in basketball or boxing results from discrimination against Asians, Jews, or other whites, and hence requires urgent remedy..." FULL TEXT
THE BAD: Showin' Up 'Nother's Idiocy
"D'Souza, Wu Debate Affirmative Action"
by Millie Niss
George Street Journal
"D'Souza stated that in any measure of merit, Asians will score highest, blacks lowest, and whites in the middle. He argued that this is not due to socioeconomic differences between blacks and whites because "poor whites do better that rich blacks." Affirmative action for less-qualified blacks is, according to D'Souza, like allowing whites who are poor shooters to play professional basketball. D'Souza attributes the better performance of whites and Asians to "cultural differences" and said that Asians do better in school because they study harder. He cited the greater number of single-parent families among blacks as one reason why blacks do poorly." FULL TEXT
Check a coolio answer to D'Souza here
THE GOOD: Luckily, It Ain't Just Ignant Cracka's Out There...
"Merit and Affirmative Action"
Excerpted from The Coming Race War? And Other Apocalyptic Tales of America after Affirmative Action and Welfare
by Prof. Richard Delgado
"Each society is organized in a particular way and has rules -- which they call merit -- to ensure that their organizational system continues undisturbed. But the organization and the assignment of roles is, to a very large extent, arbitrary. Move the basketball hoop up or down six inches and you radically change the distribution of who has merit. Add items related to love, compassion, or intercultural awareness and you have a completely different SAT."
"But Rodrigo, if two candidates have exactly equal merit for a job, and one is white and the other is black..."
"They're not equal," Rodrigo interjected. "The black probably has come further. They are equal only if you arbitrarily decide that overcoming advantage is not a component of merit. Many whites get inheritances; most people of color do not. Whites often receive artfully crafted letters of recommendation. When a teacher proposes an extra credit assignment that allows them to receive an A-minus in an honors course, a neighbor gives them a summer job, or their father stakes their first home mortgage, they consider that normal, not a part of race and class advantage. Yet it is. You might even consider it a form of affirmative action -- a system of benefits and resources awarded without regard to merit." FULL TEXT
"Is Everyone Equal? Or Are Some More Equal Than Others?"
Excerpted from Theory, Policy, Practice of a Career
by Susan R. Takata and Jeanne Curran
"We've all heard of those Horatio Alger stories telling us how hard work is the formula 'from rags to riches.'But, that's not the case for some groups. How about the black slave? Could she become rich if she worked diligently to pick more cotton than the other slaves? Hardly. Or the Chicano migrant farmworker? If he got up at dawn to pick sugar beets and he continued until after sunset, could he become rich? The color of your skin can block access to certain occupations. It wasn't too long ago when Jackie Robinson broke 'the color barrier' in major league baseball. Why is it that we see disproportion of African-Americans in sports like baseball, football and basketball? Is it because this group has special genetic 'gift' that make them superathletes like Michael Jordan, Antonio Freeman, and so on? Or is it because institutionalized racism funnels more blacks into sports than any other group? Why don't we see more Asian-Americans in professional football? Perhaps, because we find Asian-Americans disproportionately steered into biology, computer science, etc. Of course, these sound like occupational stereotypes but something must be happening. Maybe, the social institutions are creating these kinds of 'tracks' for each particular racial and ethnic groups.
"If we analyze carefully what is going on, perhaps individuals select these occupational fields because of parental approval, career counseling in high school, the media's portrayal and creation of role models, and so forth. Nothing succeeds like success! Why beat your head against the wall in a field that is unaccepting and less welcoming than a field where there is a successful track record? (Makes sense, doesn't it?) Maybe individuals are 'buying into' these stereotypes and/or the power elite is sending messages like 'that's what you would do well in;' 'that's where you belong,' etc. Interesting, isn't it?" FULL TEXT
by Alexander Nguyen
"Two months ago, D'Souza argued in the Weekly Standard that merit, not discrimination, has created racial disparities, and that it should be allowed to run its course in college admissions. He cites the NBA as an example in which merit and not discrimination has resulted in racial imbalance: While blacks are only 12 percent of the population, they constitute 80 percent of all the players. Just as a call to set up affirmative action programs in the NBA would be absurd, so too he contends, are affirmative action plans in college.
"Yet the basketball example is weak: in sports, every single relevant aspect of merit, from free throw percentage to assists, is measured objectively and numerically. This is relatively easy to do in sports, but in other areas of life, capturing all aspect of merit is not so simple. A black police officer in Chicago may score lower on the exam, but does that make him less effective than his white counterpart, if they are patrolling the predominantly black South Side? An Asian American attorney may have scored lower on the LSAT or passed the bar with less room to spare, but he might be a more effective immigration lawyer if his clients feel closer to him. This means that certain aspects of merit are unquantifiable. I argued this point with D'Souza when he visited at Harvard and he eventually conceded that in some cases, merit may transcend numbers." FULL TEXT
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