The Myth of Equality
(The American Conservative) -- by Patrick J. Buchanan --
In 21st century America, institutional racism and sexism remain great twin evils to be eradicated on our long journey to the wonderful world where, at last, all are equal.
What are we to make, then, of a profession that rewards workers with fame and fortune, yet discriminates ruthlessly against women; an institution where Hispanics and Asians, 20 percent of the U.S. population, are neither sought after nor widely seen.
In this profession, white males, a third of the population, retain a third of the jobs. But black males, 6.5 percent of the U.S. population, have 67 percent of the coveted positions — 10 times their fair share.
We are talking of the NFL.
In figures reported by columnist Walter Williams, not only are black males 77 percent of the National Basketball Association, they are 67 percent of the players in the NFL.
Yet no one objects that women are not permitted to compete in the NFL. Nor do many object to the paucity of Asian and Mexicans, or the over-representation of blacks, even as white males dominate the National Hockey League and the PGA.
When it comes to sports — high school, collegiate or professional — Americans are intolerant of lectures about diversity and inclusiveness. They want the best — the best in the NFL, the best in the NBA, the best at Augusta, the best at Wimbledon, the best in the Olympics, the best in the All-Star Game, the World Series, the Super Bowl.
When it comes to artistic ability, musical ability, acting ability, athletic ability, Americans accept the reality of inequality. We are not all born equal, other than in our God-given and constitutional rights.
We are not all equally gifted. There are prodigies like pianist Van Cliburn, chess wizard Bobby Fischer, actress Shirley Temple. Every kid halfway through first grade knows who can spell and sing and who cannot, and who is bright and talented and athletic, and who is not.
What most Americans seek is a level playing field on which all compete equally, for what we ultimately seek is excellence, not equality.
Why, then, cannot our elites accept that, be it by nature, nurture, attitude or aptitude, we are not all equal in academic ability?
What raises this issue is the anguish evident in New York over the latest state test scores of public school students, which reveal that the ballyhooed progress in closing the racial achievement gap never happened.
That gap approached closure only by lowering the pass-fail score and by using similar tests, year-after-year, so teachers could prepare the kids to take them.
After a new, tougher state test was used in 2010, where 51 correct answers, not 37, meant achieving the desired grade, the old gaps between Hispanics, blacks, whites and Asians reappeared as wide as they were when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city schools chief Joel Klein set out to close them.
“We are closing the shameful achievement gap faster than ever,” blared Bloomberg in 2009, in the euphoria of what The New York Times now calls “the test score bubble.”
“Among the students in the city’s third through eighth grades, 40 percent of black students and 46 percent of Hispanic students met state standards in math, compared with 75 percent of white students and 83 recent of Asian students. In English, 33 percent of black students and 34 percent of Hispanic students are now proficient, compared with 64 percent of whites and Asians.”
Appalling, when one considers New York City usually ranks first or second in the nation in per-pupil expenditures.
Nor has George W. Bush’s vaunted No Child Left Behind program fared better. Results of national tests conducted in 2009 make New York students look like the Whiz Kids.
“Forty-nine percent of white students and 17 percent of black students showed proficiency on the fourth-grade English test, up from 45 percent of white students and 14 percent of black students in 2003.”
One in six African-American fourth-grade kids is making the grade.
How many scores of billions did this pathetic gain cost us?
Since 1965, America has invested trillions in education with a primary goal of equalizing test scores among the races and genders. Measured by U.S. test scores, it has been a waste — an immense transfer of wealth from private citizens to an education industry that has grown bloated while failing us again and again...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Does it really matter if differences in academic ability are rooted in genetics or in culture? The fact is, they are real, and enduring, and the public school system has been unable to correct the lower performance of certain races/cultures, and thus must be declared a failure. The left-liberals, who worship the state, scream “No, the state isn’t to blame, it’s White racism!” The Left will never declare the state a failure (mostly because the state is the Left’s bread and butter), even if it has to throw every White under the bus to declare “victory,” and even if it has to sacrifice the future of every Black caught in a failing school system and/or a pathological culture.
From collapsed Communism to collapsing socialist economics to the failed public school system, the Left is a failure at everything it touches, other than poisoning society, corrosive rhetoric, and epic swindle. That’s why the Left should simply be ignored, and people of good will should march on towards vouchers, ignoring the Left’s taunts, tantrums, screams of racism, and general arrested development.
The Left will never grow up, its leaders want to maintain a permanent underclass to manipulate, exploit, and feed upon, and use for votes, and so it keeps certain segments of society warehoused and indoctrinated in failed public schools.
Prior to the 1800’s, racism, slavery and variations thereof were common the world over. Racism is still common the world over today, and slavery still exists in certain parts of Africa and other 3rd World societies.
But to hear the racist Lefties tell it, only the White, blue-eyed devil was ever guilty of racism and slavery, and even though America fought a civil war revolving around the issue, the White, blue-eyed devil is still guilty to this day.
Are there White racists and would be slavers? Yes, just as there are in any other race. But only the Left declares that all Whites are guilty of racism because a percentage of their race is racist, or because a percentage of their race engaged in slavery, and builds anti-White policies using affirmative action, racial set-asides, and racial quotas around the presumption that ALL Whites are racists.
This is racist itself. Indeed, the Left has been guilty of anti-White and anti-Christian racism going back to the days that the Stalinists and Jewish Bolsheviks murdered millions of Whites and Christians because of their ethnicity, which is a major component of what gave rise to Hitler and Nazism.
And don’t be fooled; if allowed to run wild, the Left will do the same again by employing hypocritical, double standard accusations of racism to demonize ALL non left-wing Whites until they are viewed as devils. In fact, the government-imposed policies to saddle them with guilt, and to hobble their ability to organize, are merely part of that process. Notice how the Tea Partiers are being framed by the Left as racists simply because they are White? This wouldn’t be possible without a government that poisons the environment by instigating racist, anti-White policy.
Also notice that no matter how much Whites give, the “racist” accusations never cease. This is because the accusation itself is a bad-will tactic by the Left to seize resources and power. Indeed, the racism accusations will NEVER cease until the last non-Left or anti-Left Whites have been sold into slavery.
And then the Left will start in on the Asians.