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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sports justice

When the Lefties speak of "social justice" and "economic justice," what they are referring to is their core belief that all differences in wealth must be eliminated, and that our individual successes in life have nothing to do with our abilities or temperament, but instead are merely handed to us as a result of the socioeconomic status we were born into.

Lefties see America as a land of fixed castes and class, much like ancient India with its maharajahs or old England with its lords and ladies on the one hand and peons on the other.

Today, if a group's primary focus is on redistribution, it is tacit admission that they are unable to create wealth on their own. Never mind that some people work hard and start businesses, and some don't. Never mind that some people study hard and go to grad school and become professionals. Never mind that some people are simply smarter than others and so do better on tests.

The Lefty attitude is to ignore all that and just say, if some people have more money than others, it's not fair. Period.

Barack Obama himself said, in a 2001 radio interview:

The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society…. One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was….a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

Translation: it's tragic that blacks aren't as rich as whites.

So, Obama and his minion Eric Holder have done their best to undo that situation while in office.

But when is this attitude -- ignoring aptitude and focusing purely on racial differences in outcome -- going to be applied to sports?

When is the "economic justice" crowd going to take up the cry for "athletic justice?"

A quick look at the statistics shows some stark differences: blacks, who are 12% of the population, comprise 60% of the NFL, and 80% of the NBA. This certainly doesn't leave much room for the roughly 68% of the population that is white, the 13% Hispanic, the 5% Asian, and the 2% Native American.

And this trend has only been growing. Thirty years ago the percentages weren't nearly as skewed.

The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer -- right?

Some might say, well, that's just because blacks are simply more talented at certain sports.

But wouldn't Lefty logic dictate that we stop hiring practices that rely on such "discriminatory" tests as running and jumping ability, muscularity, size, reach, and speed of reflexes? Shouldn't Lefties see such criteria as obvious racist code words meaning, whites and Hispanics and Asians need not apply?

Aren't pro football and basketball just screaming out for a disparate impact lawsuit? (Where's Eric Holder when you need him?)

Never mind that the other races don't have the overall athleticism that blacks do -- liberals believe in ignoring genetic differences.

According to liberal logic, shouldn't whites cry discrimination until there's a proportionate representation of lighter-skinned faces on NFL and NBA rosters?

In fact, couldn't all this be attributed to "black privilege?" Liberals should claim that it's something that blacks don't see, but it's real nonetheless.

Shouldn't outraged liberals be harrumphing that it's not mere coincidence that world champion boxer Leila Ali was born into the family of Muhammad Ali? That ex-pro footballer Ken Norton Jr. is the son of the former heavyweight champion? That Ken Griffey Jr. came from a family where a professional baseball career was just a given? That home run king Barry Bonds was the son of MLB All Star Bobby? That Joaquim Noah is the son of pro tennis player Yannick?

Shouldn't liberals be insisting that these athletes were born into a life of comfort and privilege -- simply because of their skin color and their background?

And shouldn't liberals be reasoning that we need a system of quotas (but let's not call it quotas) in order to ensure the other races' fair representation among the ranks of pro athletes?

If liberals were consistent, they would.

Such protests would of course be ludicrous. But no more so than many of the protests aimed in the opposite direction.


Anonymous said...

Can't we just take their money (by means of the government, of course)? - Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
It's always more palatable when we use a roundabout way of doing it like this.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, John, but your concerns will have to wait. First, we must address and rectify the gross racial imbalance in uppity management positions, and especially in team ownership. Because if anyone deserves to own a bunch of black guys, it's another black.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Yikes, even I wouldn't go that far. You were wise to stay anonymous.

Anonymous said...

They have quota problems in South African sports, too:

John Craig said...

Anon --
It's interesting: whenever a sport is dominated by whites, there always seem to be a great deal of fanfare about bringing in more diversity; whenever a sport is dominated by blacks, there is always just mute acceptance.