Walter Williams has done it again. He asks a fair question: are we equal? He then puts together a remarkable list of just how unequal we really are:
Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. He notes that “female intelligence is packed much closer to the middle of the bell curve, whereas men’s intelligence has far greater variability. That means that though there are many more male geniuses, there are also many more male idiots. [That might] explain why more men are in jail than women.” Or in politics, for that matter. But I digress.
Basketball players: in college basketball, 8 out of 10 are black. Same for professional basketball.
Football players: two-thirds are black, are among the highest paid, and have received the most awards.
Hockey: 2 percent are black. And most players come from either Minnesota or Massachusetts. None comes from Hawaii, Mississippi or Louisiana.
Intelligence: In the US, Jews are 3 percent of the population but have won 39 percent of Nobel Prizes. Internationally, Jews are 1 percent but have won 20 percent of Nobel Prizes.
Men are struck by lightning six times as often as women! Williams wonders “what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men?”
Of course this is going somewhere. It’s worth waiting for:
Soft-minded and sloppy-thinking academics, lawyers and judges harbor the silly notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we’d be proportionately distributed by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes.
There is absolutely no evidence anywhere, at any time, that proportionality is the norm anywhere on earth; however, much of our thinking, many of our laws and much of our public policy are based upon proportionality’s being the norm. Maybe this vision is held because people believe that equality in fact is necessary for equality before the law.
But the only requirement for equality before the law is that one is a human being.