Not much is said about reverse discrimination. There was the 1978 Bakke case where the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional Medical School at the University of California at Davis to set aside 16 of 100 seats for non-white students.
The non-white set asides was justified to create “diversity in the classroom.” Bakke had a better grade point average than a number of minority students.
Since the Supreme Court decided the Bakke case, California banned using race as a factor to consider in public schools’ admission policies. California’s Proposition 209 mandates that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
The Atlanta Symphony could take a lesson from the Bakke case:
“FOX News reports that ‘two high school choruses will reportedly not perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this year because their groups are not racially-diverse enough.’ The schools, Walton and Lassiter, are both in Cobb County, ranked the twelfth most educated and one of the top 100 wealthiest counties in the U.S.
As you can imagine, the parents of these young people and the schools themselves see the action of the ASO as blatantly discriminatory. Jay Dillon, a spokesman for Cobb County, Georgia, said that “the schools were informed . . . that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus.”
Let’s put the racial shoe on the other foot. What if there was a basketball tournament in the city of Atlanta and the sponsors decided that they wanted more “diversity” among the teams. Since many of the teams consisted of a majority of black players, the sponsors determined that they would recruit teams that were more diverse, that is, teams that had a majority of white students.
We could continue the argument by looking at professional basketball where “78 percent of all players were African-American.” This is a wide disparity considering that the majority of people in the United States are not African-American. How many Hispanics and Asians are represented compared to their overall population percentages? How many Whites, Hispanics, and Asians were on the 2012 Olympic basketball team?
Consider the racial statistics for football:
If the primacy of the goal of diversity were extended to all entertainment venues, the National Football League (to name one) would be in serious need of a shakeup. A 2009 report on the ethnic composition found that 92% of wide receivers, 100% of running backs, and 96% of defensive backs were black. Despite comprising only 13.6% of the population, black athletes also had pluralities at every other position except placekicker, punter, and quarterback (even though at that last prized position, blacks were over-represented at 19% and their numbers have been climbing in the years since).
Whatever happened to people being judged by what they do and not by the color or the lack of the color of their skin?