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What If The NBA Had Quotas?
Great column by Larry Elder on how unfair it is that Asian Americans seem to be, as Alan Bakke was in a famous case, shoved to the back of the college admissions line. Elder writes:

Imagine the following press release:

In a closed-door meeting, the owners voted to limit the number of black players, in order to increase attendance from non-black customers. The NBA now consists of over 80 percent black players, which creates a non-diverse and less enlightening experience for the predominately non-black fan.

Thus, in order to continue basketball’s popularity, the NBA determines player diversity a necessity to maintain the game’s prosperity.

— NBA commissioner David Stern.

Before you could say “Michael Richards,” in swoop the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, as well as the other usual suspect “black leaders.” Marching, screaming, stomping, and howling will precede enough lawsuits to keep the entire American and National Bar Associations fully employed for the next decade.

...A study of the University of Michigan’s 2005 applicants by the Center for Equal Opportunity documented the hit that white and Asian students take because of race-based preferences. In an apparent desire to increase the number of blacks and Hispanics, the school admitted Asian applicants with a median SAT score of 1400 (out of a possible 1600 for the test in use at that time).

This made the Asian median 50 points higher than the median for admitted white students; 140 points higher than Hispanics; and 240 points higher than blacks.

Of Asian students with 1240 on the SAT and a high school GPA of 3.2 in 2005, only 10 percent got into Michigan. But 14 percent of whites with those stats were admitted, as were 88 percent of Hispanics and 92 percent of blacks.

What’s more, the “boost” given to Hispanic and Latino students by racial preferences often backfires. Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a black attorney, said, “Would college administrators continue to mouth platitudes about affirmative action if their students knew that preferential admissions cause black law students to flunk out at two-and-a-half times the rate of whites? Or that black law students are six times less likely to pass the bar? Or that half of black law students never become lawyers?”

Via Pajamas Media

Posted by aalkon at December 26, 2006 11:17 AM

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