Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Will College Basketball Coaches Agree to Use Race, Diversity and Affirmative Action for Their Teams?

Michigan State's top basketball players in 2011-2012.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “The National Association of Basketball Coaches has told the U.S. Supreme Court it believes university officials should be able to continue taking race into consideration when deciding who gets to enroll in their schools.”

Q: Will the college basketball coaches agree to take race and diversity goals into consideration when deciding who gets to play on their teams?

Update: The photo above shows the six players on the Michigan State Spartans basketball team who had the most playing time and made the most points during the 2011-2012 season, and it's not a very diverse group, and not very representative of society at large or the Michigan State student body. Certainly lots of significant racial under-representation here that could be addressed with the race-based, affirmative action preferences that frequently take place in college admissions. 

HT: Jennifer Gratz

9 Comments:

At 8/22/2012 10:34 AM, Blogger Krishnan said...

"Diversity" is whatever the "progressives" say - In this case, they will remind us that the "best" players are being selected and given a chance to play - When it comes to Law School admissions or other admissions - they will say that "minorities" are deliberately being discriminated against and so they must be admitted using "race and diversity and affirmative" action - These same individuals will say that while "minorities" are being allowed to play/succeed - not enough of them are given coaching jobs - the fact that the better coaches may not be minorities in all cases is not relevant to them

There is NO ARGUMENT anyone can make about the harm that discrimination plays on many fields - the self appointed elites refuse to see the damage it causes to those talented "minorities" who are forever stigmatized because the majority may think that they got there because of "diversity and affirmative action programs"

This is indeed a tragedy of huge proportions - the compartmentalization in certain fields for preferential treatment and not others - the signals it sends to people is indeed horrible.

Of course I should add that the term "minority" is whatever the self appointed zealots/elites say it is - it is not a proportion of the population - but always about redistribution - and about making sure that outcomes are equal in everything but where the minorities can excel. Tragedy indeed.

 
At 8/22/2012 11:13 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

"Will the college basketball coaches agree to take race and diversity goals into consideration when deciding who gets to play on their teams?"

Will one of the Supremes ask this question of the council representing the zealot coaches?

It would be very interesting to hear the reply, when parsed from the stammering.

 
At 8/22/2012 11:43 AM, Blogger Pulverized Concepts said...

Another superb reason for separating athletic extravaganzas from education.

 
At 8/22/2012 12:28 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Make that counsel and not council.

 
At 8/22/2012 12:46 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Make that counsel and not council."

Perhaps a Supreme will ask the council known as "The National Association of Basketball Coaches" through their counsel.

 
At 8/22/2012 12:47 PM, Blogger Jet Beagle said...

Buddy: "Will one of the Supremes ask this question of the council representing the zealot coaches?"

Well, it was the Supreme Court which decided that the Americans with Disabilities Act gave Casey Martin the right to ride a golf cart in PGA tournaments. If Casey Martin had been required to play by the same PGA rules as everyone else, he would never have qualified.

 
At 8/22/2012 1:02 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

It's possible the college basketball coaches aren't being inconsistent or hypocritical at all when they ask that schools be allowed to continue to preferentially admit high numbers of potential top athletes.

Different incentives.

 
At 8/22/2012 10:09 PM, Blogger SteveH said...

Ok, who demands sports performance? The alumni! I recall a former head of Home Depot touring a GE Card Services Call Center for their private label CCs and he turned to the team and said after surveying the sea of black women answering the calls "But they don't look a thing like our customers." The point being is that GE found the most reliable group of call center employees were married black women. And the most reliable high performing basketball players are young black men. I guess it does no good to point out that the most reliable high performing math students are either white or asian and almost always male.

 
At 8/22/2012 10:11 PM, Blogger SteveH said...

Ok, who demands sports performance? The alumni! I recall a former head of Home Depot touring a GE Card Services Call Center for their private label CCs and he turned to the team and said after surveying the sea of black women answering the calls "But they don't look a thing like our customers." The point being is that GE found the most reliable group of call center employees were married black women. And the most reliable high performing basketball players are young black men. I guess it does no good to point out that the most reliable high performing math students are either white or asian and almost always male.

 

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