Seeking Race Proportionality in Academia

The Lunacy of the “Diversity” People

By Walter E. Williams

July 25, 2012

Academic intelligentsia, their media, government and corporate enthusiasts worship at the altar of diversity. Despite budget squeezes, universities have created diversity positions, such as director of diversity and inclusion, manager of diversity recruitment, associate dean for diversity, vice president of diversity and perhaps minister of diversity. This is all part of a quest to get college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to “look like America.”

For them, part of looking like America means race proportionality. For example, if blacks are 13 percent of the population, they should be 13 percent of college students and professors, corporate managers and government employees. Law professors, courts and social scientists have long held that gross statistical disparities are evidence of a pattern and practice of discrimination. Behind this vision is the stupid notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we’d be distributed proportionately by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes. There’s no evidence from anywhere on earth or any time in human history that shows that but for discrimination, there would be proportional representation and an absence of gross statistical disparities, by race, sex, height or any other human characteristic. Nonetheless, much of our thinking, legislation and public policy is based upon proportionality being the norm. Let’s run a few gross disparities by you, and you decide whether they represent what the courts call a pattern and practice of discrimination and, if so, what corrective action you would propose.

Jews are not even 1 percent of the world’s population and only 3 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners and 39 percent of U.S. Nobel laureates. That’s a gross statistical disparity, but are the Nobel committees discriminating against the rest of us? By the way, in the Weimar Republic, Jews were only 1 percent of the German population, but they were 10 percent of the country’s doctors and dentists, 17 percent of its lawyers and a large percentage of its scientific community. Jews won 27 percent of Nobel Prizes won by Germans.

Nearly 80 percent of the players in the National Basketball Association in 2011 were black, and 17 percent were white, but if that disparity is disconcerting, Asians were only 1 percent. Compounding the racial disparity, the highest-paid NBA players are black. That gross disparity works the other way in the National Hockey League, in which less than 3 percent of the players are black. Blacks are 66 percent of NFL and AFL professional football players, but among the 34 percent of other players, there’s not a single Japanese player. Though the percentage of black professional baseball players has fallen to 9 percent, there are gross disparities in achievement. Four out of the five highest career home run hitters were black, and of the eight times more than 100 bases were stolen in a season, all were by blacks.

How does one explain these gross sports disparities? Might it be that the owners of these multibillion-dollar professional basketball, football and baseball teams are pro-black and that those of the NHL and major industries are racists?

There are some other disparities that might bother the diversity people. Asians routinely get the highest scores on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks get the lowest. Men are about 50 percent of the population, and so are women, but there’s the gross injustice that men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. The population statistics for South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont show that not even 1 percent of their population is black. On the other hand, in states such as Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, blacks are overrepresented.

Finally, there’s a disparity that might figure heavily in the upcoming presidential election. Twenty-four out of the 43 U.S. presidents have been 5 feet 11 inches or taller, above our population’s average height. That is not an outcome that would be expected if there were not voter discrimination based upon height. Mitt Romney is 6 feet 2 inches tall, and Barack Obama is 6 feet 1 inch.



Everyone knows “diversity” is simply a euphemism for liberalism.  It’s all about finding “victims” that liberals can swoop in and save, not for the victims’ sake, but to make themselves feel like heroes.  They are using society as a pawn for their own personal quest to feel better about themselves, since they are so pathetically shallow in character they don’t know what else to do to feel like a worthwhile person.  I once had a college professor who openly admitted that in order to find meaning in his life, he felt he had to join an activist cause, so he shopped around, ultimately deciding to join the Sierra Club.  That’s what happens when you discard morality and God; you have nowhere else to turn for meaning except to try to be a phony saint.  When you see a liberal or a diversnik, you can be assured he is a pathetic person of low moral caliber who is too shallow to build his character the old fashioned way (integrity, morality, courage, self-sacrifice, productivity, following logic, wisdom, faith in God, etc.), so he’s insatiably clamoring in a futile quest for righteousness.  That’s why you can’t argue logic with them, and why you can expect them to attack you for logically criticizing.  They’re not in it for rational reasons, they’re in it for their own personal salvation, and they can’t afford for you to undermine that; their very survival and sanity are at stake.  They’ll defend their superstition with all the religious zeal of a poor sinner desperately trying to stop sliding toward damnation.

Robert in New Mexico
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Maybe college professors and students should be hired or admitted based on their IQ scores. Colleges and Universities should be able to demonstrate that at least half of professors and students, including those students who graduate, have IQs that are below average.

I suspect that this already the case with politicians.

There’s a pretty huge difference between the real world and the academic world.  The academicians are not focused on a society based on merit but one based on uniformity, mediocrity, and “social justice”.  A meritocracy on rewards the meritorious.  They are first and foremost individuals.  Individualism, individual rights and rewards are diametrically opposed to society being organized as a hive in which individuality is limited to only the very special and talented persons.  Everyone who just doesn’t want to be like everyone else must be made to conform, to comply, to assimilate, to surrender to the average, the typical, the generic, the common, and so they must lower their expectation of being, -remaining, and being judged as an individual, and not just one more specimen of some group or other.  AR Nash

Steve Scroggins in Macon GA
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
There should be more whites and Asians in the NBA and more blacks and Asians in the NHL. Where is the EEOC? Where are the class action suits? Clearly, there is some discriminating going on!! Why can’t short people be president or NBA players? Why do gays discriminate against people of the opposite sex? Why do SAT tests favor Asians? Obviously, every American is a discriminatory bigot. Dr. Williams, you’re a smart fellow. Must be because you’re tall.


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