Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thomas Sowell: Bean-Counters and Baloney

Sowell is to the point and gives examples where the full story is not being told, where whites are "discriminated against" by Asians, and in basketball by Afro-Americans. He is also right on in saying that it is time to stop this polarization and send those like Sharpton (Mr. never miss a chance to cry racism) to the trash heap.

The bean-counters have struck again-- this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.

This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.

At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations and income brackets if there was not something strange or sinister going on.

Although this notion has been repeated by all sorts of people, from local loudmouths on the street to the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States, there is not one speck of evidence behind it and a mountain of evidence against it.

The bean-counters are everywhere, pushing the idea that differences show injustices committed by society. As long as we keep buying it, they will keep selling it-- and the polarization they create will sell this country down the river.
Read Thomas Sowell article "Bean-Counters and Baloney" here.

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