Monday, June 26, 2017
“Pretend” barriers

“Pretend” barriers

Mar 22

They don’t show equal interest

Thomas Sowell in the American Spectator.

All groups, families and cultures are not even trying to do the same things, so the fact that they do not all end up equally represented everywhere can hardly be automatically attributed to “barriers” created by “society.”

The front page of a local newspaper in northern California featured the headline “The Promise Denied,” lamenting the under-representation of women in computer engineering. The continuation of this long article on an inside page had the headline, “Who is to blame for this?”

Women have their own agendas, and if these agendas do not usually include computer engineering, what is to be done? Draft women into engineering schools to satisfy the preconceptions of our self-anointed saviors? Or will a propaganda campaign be sufficient to satisfy those who think that they should be making other people’s choices for them?

In Costa Mesa we have complaints that more women weren’t chosen for committees, or aren’t on task forces, or . . . fill in the blanks. To a lesser degree, there’re complaints about lack of dark-skinned folks appointed to those bodies. Lack of interest and lack of qualifications are internal barriers, and cannot be adjudicated by laws and rules.

At least one of the recent celebrated statistical studies of social mobility leaves out Asian Americans. Immigrants from Asia are among a number of groups, including American-born Mormons, whose achievements totally undermine the notion that upward mobility can seldom be realized in America.

Those who preach this counterproductive message will probably never think that the envy, resentment and hopelessness they preach, and the welfare state they promote, are among the factors keeping people down.

If more men than woman are appointed, look first at the applicants. The barriers to appointment may be internal — such as interest and qualifications — instead of external, like prejudice or “old boys/girls” networks.

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