Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Diversity? You Bet!

The human species is diverse. Depending on where you draw the boundaries, it consists of at least five basic races and a lot more sub-races, and they are indeed diverse. It's funny that the left is so big on diversity, but simultaneously deny that there are any significant differences between human groups. The fact is that there are a lot of differences, and whether they're significant or not depends on what you find important. If you want people to come and live in, say, Potosí, you're going to want to pick from groups that have evolved to live at high altitudes, like Tibetans or Andean Indians, so people won't be dropping dead on you.

If you want people to live in malaria-infested places, with no access to modern medicine, you'd better pick sub-Saharan Africans instead of Icelanders, again, if you want your colonists to survive.

What I just mentioned is relatively uncontroversial because it's undeniable, but when it comes to intelligence and temperament, mentioning or noticing such differences is taboo.  For most Americans, a very important difference is that the average American Caucasian of European descent has an IQ of 100, while the average Congoid American of African descent has an IQ of 85. When you're even allowed to discuss this indisputable fact, the immediate liberal response is analogous to the quote in the quibcag here:

Intelligence varies among White Americans and Black Americans more than the average difference in intelligence beween White Americans and Black Americans.  Also, many Black Americans are more intelligent than many White Americans. Therefore, it is hate and bigotry to say that the average White American is more intelligent than the average Black American.

Absurd, in other words. Innumerate at best, quashing freedom of speech at the worst. Clearly, it's not hate or bigotry to point out a fact. And any halfway sensible person knows the difference between "average" and "all."

The whole point of insisting that this fact be recognized is in order that we can avoid the idiot assumption that if school grades vary by race, that racism must somehow be responsible. Wrong. In an average American school large enough for the statistics to be significant, the Blacks will have the lowest grades, the Hispanics the next lowest, then the Whites, and Eastasians and Jews will have the best grades. So wailing and moaning about this fact will cause nothing but grief, and attempts to "fix" it will be counterproductive. And it will frequently turn into a huge, money-devouring scam on the part of politicians and their toadies.

Nicholas Stix keeps track of this sort of thing, and reviews a book by one such toady who wants Affirmative Action and the reparations mentality to last until the end of time. From his blog HERE.

Randall Kennedy Argues in His New Book for Maintaining the Jim Snow System of Black Supremacism Forever

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Thanks to reader-researcher “W” for the sendalong, especially considering that the review is behind a pay wall.

Apparently, Kennedy doesn’t say “forever,” but since he requires that the blacks be made whites absolute equal, and that is never going to happen, he is demanding, sotto voce, that black supremacism be maintained for all time.

Blacks in America have an average IQ of 15-22 points below that of whites. Even well-to-do blacks are anti-intellectual, and even poor whites, who get treated like dirt, academically beat well-to-do blacks like a drum. Blacks’ proclivity for crime is many times that of whites. Again, well-to-do blacks commit more crime than poor whites. American blacks’ work ethic is virtually non-existent. And the more freebies and privileges you give them, the worse they get.

For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
By Randall Kennedy
Pantheon Books, 2013
304 pp., $25.95

Reviewed by Noliwe M. Rooks
October 14, 2013
Chronicle of Higher Education

Noliwe M. Rooks is an associate professor of Africana studies and of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Cornell University. Among her books is White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African-American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education (Beacon Press, 2006).

In the past few months, we have celebrated significant anniversaries from the civil-rights era's fight for racial equality and against white supremacy. Most recently we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "dream speech" and, on a more somber note, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where four little girls were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Though we hold those commemorations dear, we are less inclined to do the same with the landmark pieces of civil-rights legislation also nearing their half-century anniversaries: The Civil Rights Act (1964), the Voting Rights Act (1965), the Fair Housing Act (1968), and Executive Order 11256, creating affirmative action (1965). That order is the subject of an insightful new book that should lead us to ask many questions about race and discrimination today.

For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (Pantheon Books), the sixth book by the Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy, traces the twists and turns that have shaped the legal thinking, cultural arguments, and societal understanding of the role of law in the pursuit of racial justice in America.

Though not organized in a strictly chronological fashion, the book begins with the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (enacted primarily to protect the newly won freedom and rights of African-Americans) and continues through to contemporary struggles over affirmative action, most recently in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (although the book was written before Fisher was decided). This narrative arc provides Kennedy the opportunity to ask readers to consider how each legislative battle, legal ruling, and presidential veto both shaped and shifted conceptions of racial justice and equity. (Keep reading HERE.)

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