If the goal of any team is to win, it would seem that the team should strive to recruit the best players available. Period.
Who cares how the players “identify” or what intersectional “victim class” they belong to. Just create what Dr. Jordan Peterson calls a “hierarchy of competence,” basically, an open and competitive training environment, and let the cream rise to the top.
Professional sports largely operate this way. It’s arguably why they’re such a popular form of entertainment that brings in billions of dollars each year. Fans tune in to see the best compete against the best.
In the case of the NBA, it just so happens that Blacks are disproportionately represented. Roughly 74 percent of the NBA is African American, even though they only make up 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Is this a shocking example of systemic racism against Whites, Asians, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, etc.? Or is it just that young, tall, extremely well-conditioned African American men tend to be the best basketball players on the planet?
Maybe there are some socio-cultural barriers that keep other races and ethnicities from succeeding in The Association, and if that’s the case those should be identified and eliminated to level the playing field so that equality of opportunity is maximized, but for the most part, I think we all accept the fact that the NBA has a rigorous selection process that does a fair job of separating the wheat from the chaff.
Plus, no one is caterwauling for “equality of outcome” or “equity” when it comes to the NBA. No one is saying, for example, the NBA is deficient in 5’5”, portly, middle-aged, Italian-American plumbers.
The reason for this is obvious. Fans want their teams to win a championship. Imposing an equity-based model that puts Mario at point guard isn’t going to be a recipe for team success. Quite the opposite, it’s going to be an abject disaster!
Sure, one can argue that the league would be “more diverse” if there were more Marios and Luigis running down the court, but it wouldn’t be nearly as compelling. The quality of the play would dramatically decrease and viewership along with it.
The question then is why is our military, specifically USSOCOM, bending over backward to impose an equity-based model on its personnel?
Provided that there is equality of opportunity, shouldn’t the core concern be one of competency, not identity?
Put another way, if we don’t care about the lack of diversity in professional sports, why should we obsess over the reported lack of diversity in SOCOM?
Even more fundamentally, how do we know for sure that the diversity deficiency in the military is a product of things like “systemic racism” and “institutional bias” and “the cisgender patriarchy” and not individual preferences and choices?
Anyway, with that in mind, I leave you with USSOCOM’s “Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for 2021.” Interested to hear your thoughts in the comments section.