Hoping for Inequality?

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Colleges have made diversity their primary calling, but watch any basketball game and you’d be hard-put to find white players in roles other than bench warming. Worse than that, Japanese, Chinese and American Indian players aren’t even recruited for bench warming.

There’s inequality in most jobs. According to 2010 BLS data, the following jobs contain 1 percent female workers or less: boilermaking, brickmasonry, stonemasonry, septic tank servicing, sewer pipe cleaning and working with reinforcing iron and rebar. Maybe the reason female workers aren’t in these occupations is that too many are in other occupations. Females are 97 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers, 80 percent of social workers, 82 percent of librarians and 92 percent of dietitians and nutritionists and registered nurses.

Anyone with one ounce of brains can see the problem and solution. Congress has permitted — and even fostered — a misallocation of people by race, sex and ethnicity. Courts have consistently concluded that “gross” disparities are probative of a pattern and practice of discrimination. So what to do? One remedy that Congress might consider is to require females, who are overrepresented in fields such as preschool and kindergarten teaching, to become boilermakers and brickmasons and mandate that male boilermakers and brickmasons become preschool and kindergarten teachers until both of their percentages are equal to their percentages in the population. You say, “Williams, that would be totalitarianism!” But if Americans accept that Congress can make us buy health insurance whether we want to or not, how much more totalitarian would it be for Congress to allocate jobs in the name of social equality and the good of our nation?

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman said: “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Equality before the general rules of law is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty that can be secured without destroying liberty.

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  • pardonmygrammar

    The world is about competition, some might consider this as cruel but it's the truth.

    • Sage on the Stage

      The NFL is a good example of why competition between businesses is good. See my comment below..

  • StephenD

    The problem with his approach is the majority of America doesn't get it. He is taken to traveling down side roads to slay dragons that, though very much need to be slain, are not the issues to confront presently. The President has enough issues on which to fry him. Instead he has Santorum chasing bogymen down dark hallways.

    • pardonmygrammar

      I agree partially, but then again someone has to say these kind of things to the public. I think that it's about time the people hear things like this. cheers!

  • Jim_C

    StephenD is right, above. I understood what Santorum said only because I spend a lot of time around conservatives. If you are not political, then you stand to be highly insulted by a guy who, let's face it, is great fodder for jokes and not ready for prime time. He makes it sound like it's good to have a world of Haves and Have Nots. The conservative message should be, as Mitch Daniels put it, about "Haves and Soon-to-Haves."

  • http://ampatriot.blogspot.com/ C.R.

    This is not a well written article–its rather disappointing coming from Walter Williams!

  • Sage on the Stage

    Very good article from Dr. Williams; there are lots of things in America that aren't quite fair; but those things won't be made fair by forcing equality of outcome. For example, its not quite fair that the NFL has priced itself out of the market for middle income people. In 1969, a ticket to an NFL game cost six dollars–that bought a bleacher seat on the 10 yard line. Today, when tickets are available, a bleacher seat on the 10 yard line can't be had for less than $100. Thus an afternoon's entertainment for two, in the NFL, is likely to cost at least $250. Unaffordable for a family on a budget.

    • pardonmygrammar

      "..those things won't be made fair by forcing equality of outcome." agreed fully! what is fair anyway? What I think I fair might be unfair to some.

  • Hugh Retter

    Another important and cogent article by Dr Williams.