There are five times as many inordinately tall white men as black men in America, and yet there are three times as many blacks in the NBA as whites. Why isn’t this a slam-dunk proof that there’s discrimination against white players in the NBA? Because, as any social scientist worth his salt will tell you, asymmetry of outcome is never proof, in and of itself, of discrimination. Basketball, as distinct from downhill skiing, is the pickup sport of blacks because, for most black youth, a basketball court is more accessible than a ski hill, and a ball and pair of sneakers is more affordable than a tow ticket, ski boots and skis.
Let’s provide every black basketball player with a bus pass and free tow tickets and boots and skis and see what happens. Eventually there might be the ‘right’ proportion of black to white faces in the chalet. But there might not. And that too might have a perfectly innocent explanation.
This is not to say there isn’t discrimination against blacks in America. I have no doubt there is. It is to say, however, that proportional representation is never, in and of itself, a measure of social justice. In fact in some cases it can be a measure of social injustice. For example, how many personal preferences would we have to override to ensure an equal number of male and female nurses?
This has been pointed out to every first-year student in every social science class in every college and university in the country. And yet it never ceases to amaze me how it never ceases to escape the understanding of the SJWs these classes produce, and the college and university administrators they then become. Are these people deliberately stupid? Or are they just, well, stupid?