Throwing Out the Race Card


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The bean-counters have struck again— this time in the sports pages. Two New YorkTimes sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.

This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.

At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations and income brackets if there was not something strange or sinister going on.

Although this notion has been repeated by all sorts of people, from local loudmouths on the street to the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States, there is not one speck of evidence behind it and a mountain of evidence against it.

Ask the bean-counters where in this wide world have different groups been proportionally represented. They can’t tell you. In other words, something that nobody can demonstrate is taken as a norm, and any deviation from that norm is somebody’s fault!

Anyone who has watched football over the years has probably seen at least a hundred black players score touchdowns— and not one black player kick the extra point. Is this because of some twisted racist who doesn’t mind black players scoring touchdowns but hates to see them kicking the extra points?

At our leading engineering schools— M.I.T., CalTech, etc.— whites are under-represented and Asians over-represented. Is this anti-white racism or pro-Asian racism? Or are different groups just different?

As for baseball, I have long noticed that there are more blacks playing centerfield than third-base. Since the same people hire centerfielders and third-basemen, it is hard to argue that racism explains the difference.

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  • Rifleman

    If CalTech is all Asian, so be it. That's what a colorblind meritocracy is, and I think that's best from the smallest minority, the individual, to the largest group, the whole nation.

  • ginjar

    Once again Thomas Sowell offers up facts discerned by intellect and common sense reasoning.

  • blotto

    I want these two sports writers to tell us how many black sports writers there are at the NYT, WaPo and the other major newspapers. I want these two idiots to tell us how many white running backs there are in the NFL. I want them to tell us how many white guards there are in the NBA. I want these numskulls to tell us how many black MSM nightly news anchors there are. I these two clowns to tell us the composition of every white progressive congressman or senator's staff. How about how many blacks are on the staffs of CAP, MM, Kos and HuffPo.

    These two idiots only see race when it fits into the template of the left.

  • ajnn

    No black placekickers ? I did not know that.

    Hmmmmm – I wonder, are black africans any good at soccer ? Maybe we should do a study.

    • glpage

      Ghana made it to the quarter finals in the World Cup this year. That's pretty good.

  • Abraham83

    In all respect for Mr. Sowell who–ALMOST invariably—writes succinctly and with great insight using Accams razor, many of the arguments in this piece are left begging the question. The statistical incidence of racial differences in all areas of life is common enough, and doesn’t automatically connote injustices as often suggested by liberals and the left in defense of their favored constituents who are being used as bludgeons to reconfigure such assumed societal injustices.

    But let’s look at it from the perspective of media manipulation as it falsely elevates the interests and position of blacks and women—in particular—over that of European Americans and men. Look in just about any newspaper in major urban areas, and even though the majority of readers are non-black, as are metropolitan populations, blacks (and women) are overwhelmingly represented in photographs, leaving the impression that the majority population is indeed black and that women are the newsmakers. This was shown decades ago to be the editorial policy of every liberal/left newspaper in the country.

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  • Abraham83

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    Television ads frequently show white women happily romantic with blacks, or show dominant women ridiculing white men in “comic” situations to sell products. Giving the ideological perspective within America, is one to merely shrug ones shoulders and pass it all off to coincidence? The same with cops and detective television series seen everywhere now. You always always find several “strong” women in positions of authority brow-beating some hapless and submissive white actor in postures rarely seen in real American life. Fine models for the Brave New World, but reality? All in their minds—and that of youth who don’t know any better.

  • hikerdude

    The NYT has unknowing proved in the 21st Century the new Racism Is "Anti-Racism".
    They forgot to include the additional racism fact that I am Caucasian and out of four children only one of them is black. We are wallowing political correctness , the path to suicide when any Nation adopts it as their mantra.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • FBastiat

    Another FPM article on race as it relates to academic achievement:

    http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35269

  • Lary9

    Several years ago, I was reprimanded for refusing to attend an employees "Gender Issues Refresher Seminar". I told them that if I [as a male] didn't know how to treat women with respect by now, having raised 3 daughters and navigated two marriages, then I'd never learn. It's about respect and always has been…which in turn comes down to the 'golden rule'…doesn't it? "Do Unto Others…." Man! What institutional over-complication of a simple idea.

    • aspacia

      Lary, I would lose my job if I did not annually watch the mandatory sexual harassment and safety videos, and pass the video assessment tests. I chafes me is the fact that numerous teachers take these tests, and still molest students. In other words, knowing the laws does not prevent crime.

      • Lary9

        aspacia~
        Of course, people comply and still offend! That's exactly my point! It doesn't work. It doesn't mean anything! That's why I refused and took it to another level. Of course, I was so close to retiring…they sort of looked the other way.