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It’s impossible to guess where The New York Times now finds racism

It’s impossible to guess where The New York Times now finds racism

Wow.  Just…wow:

For decades, hundreds of college players have gathered each year at the N.F.L.’s scouting combine, where their strength is tested, their speed is timed and, in a test to measure their intelligence, they are asked questions like “When a rope is selling 20 cents per 2 feet, how many feet can you buy for 30 dollars?”

That query is part of the Wonderlic Personnel Test, a 12-minute, 50-item quiz that has been used by N.F.L. teams since the 1970s. It is, however, infamously unreliable in predicting football success — forgettable players have scored high, stars low — and there have been quiet concerns that its reliance on knowledge taught in school might result in a racial bias.

Now I understand writer’s block.  I’m utterly speechless. I didn’t know that only white people learned stuff in school.  Did you?


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quit acting “white” …

“I was told there would be no math”

    Browndog in reply to myiq2xu. | February 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    It’s not a math question, as you can see in the correct answer.

    Correct answer: Ain’t spendin’ no cash on a bunch of damn rope, Fool!

“I’m utterly speechless. I didn’t know that only white people learned stuff in school. Did you?”

Oh really?! Why is notebook paper “white”?!!

Oh sure, there’s a tiny portion of “black” in the pencil, but it’s only there to serve the white paper!!

casualobserver | February 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

And we all know there is a huuuuuge racial imbalance in the NFL……

Perhaps the NYT thinks testing whatsoever results in a racial bias. After all, a while back I saw a Stossel episode called (I think) Stupid in America. In it, someone in authority – may have been a union boss (?) or a superintendent – said testing and especially testing results was a poor way to determine if kids were learning. Asked, how do you know if they are without testing, he replied, “I can tell by looking in their eyes.” Seriously. That was his reply.

Maybe the NFL should adopt the ‘look-in-there-eyes-test’…..

    Ragspierre in reply to casualobserver. | February 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    “Perhaps the NYT thinks testing whatsoever results in a racial bias.”

    Oh, no PERHAPS to it!

    This is an article of faith to the Collective and “critical race theory”. Racism is so insinuated into every cell and fibril of society, it is presumptively the explanation behind every objective measure of performance showing a “minority” doing less well.

    And who is hurt most by this?

      casualobserver in reply to Ragspierre. | February 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

      My view of progressives may be more jaded than others’, because I come into contact frequently with what I like to call “academic progressives.” But, progressives who obsess about ‘the collective’ also tend to see purpose of the federal government is to assume all roles of ‘the collective’, especially in deciding on and taking action to change culture. They seek out and define groups who ‘suffer’ some form of oppression by their measurement. “Power” becomes the fulcrum, and their goal is to ‘redistribute’ power (my words). Bigotry, with racism as just one aspect, is the tool used to isolate and punish those who don’t go along.

      But the reference by the NYT seems to be bizarre even by those standards, whoever the source (quiet concerns??). After all, for example, how many running backs could claim they were the victim of racial prejudice given the makeup of NFL running backs??? The test may be ineffectual at making the desired measurement. But racism? If the same test were applied to candidates for executives in the NAACP, and it were equally ineffective in the selection process, would it still be racist??? It just defies logic given the outcome.

Blacks didn’t invent writing or algebra, so obviously expecting someone do read, write or do arithmetic is racist.

    You only need a 6th grade education to know enough to cypher to be a “Doublenaught Spy”

    Female Bank Robber Masquerading As “Doublenaught Spy” Recruiter: We’ll never find another… BRAIN… like his!
    Male Bank Robber Also Masquerading: He’s a double-zero if I ever saw one.

The NYT has gone where the race hustlers have gone before. Some of them have argued that expecting black kids to know, on objective tests, that cup and saucer go together is proof of racial bias in testing. Well, now we have the corollary to the race hustlers view that to be be educated is to act white. To be authentically black, you’ve gotta be ignorant. The NYT is saying in black and white that nobody, but nobody, expects real blacks to learn a thing in school.

Black Democrats cannot call out the NYT on this cuz they have helped create an environment in which the rabid historical racism of the Democrat party has been allowed to fester and noxiously bloom.

So, three cheers for keeping it real, and do acquit the NYT of racism. After all, it is part of the Democrat plantation.

Just asking about rope is racist.

Since two-thirds of NFL players are black, we can see which way the bias of education goes.

    Observer in reply to nomadic100. | February 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    The NFL, like the NBA, is disproportionately black and overwhelmingly male. How is it fair that there is so little diversity in the make-up of the people who hold these high-paying, high-status jobs?

    We should demand, in the interests of “fairness,” that all professional sports teams “look more like America.” Why isn’t the government mandating that more white, hispanic, Asian, female, gay, transgender, etc., people be represented on these teams? The current system is clearly racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and just plain wrong.

    C’mon Al Sharpton, why aren’t you on this already?

      The Drill SGT in reply to Observer. | February 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Mayor Bloomberg should get right on that. I’d like to see a NYC law that mandates racial/gender goals for the Yankees, Jets, Mets, Knicks, Rangers and Giants.

      after all, if it’s good enough for the Army (e.g. women in the infantry), our pro teams should follow….

Racism is hidden everywhere you want to find it.

“I’m utterly speechless. I didn’t know that only white people learned stuff in school. Did you?”
This is an old game that liberals have been playing for decades: If black kids do poorly on tests explain it away by saying “racism!”. If someone asks them to identify the racially biased questions, point at the questioner and scream “racist!”

…and if the questioner dares to bring up such social problems as black kids who see achievement as “acting white”, then the liberals scream even louder.

So long as kids who the reigning culture identifies as being black are taught that book learning is ‘acting white’ and that ‘acting white’ while ‘being black’ is somehow bad then yes, testing for the presence of knowledge taught in schools might reveal ‘racial’ bias.

A bias created by that very system of tolerating/promoting racial self identification in the first place. Which, when viewed in this sense, is really not so much detecting racial bias as it is discovering the true harm of a debauched racist culture.

Criminal background checks are racist too:

It’s been clear for a generation that the liberals have been actively hiding the decline of the black culture in America.

The question I have: Who is the target?

-The black community? So they won’t notice, and rebel?

-Themselves? Liberals are never wrong. If the math doesn’t add up, change the equation.

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1. Only whites males are capable of racism, sexism, and oppression.

So, when women outperform men scholastically and in college attendance, “feminist” agendas only get stronger. When whites are on the way to becoming a minority of the population, suddenly the MSM is full of “white privilege”. When most starters in the NFL’s brutal player meritocracy are nonwhite, the NYT discovers “quiet concerns” about racism (racism against nonwhites, of course).

Various civil rights movements have been hijacked and perverted into shakedown operations. The people behind the scams are not interested in fairness; they’re interested in power. They’re trying to leverage the victim status of yesteryear into a permanent, government-enforced, structural advantage going forward.

2. This is not to say that the US has become an ideal society. Of course not. The point is that the Left continues to pretend—increasingly pretends—we’re Bull Connor’s Birmingham. As usual, the Left contrasts the imperfections of actual society with the perfection of their imaginary utopia.

I’m waiting for some leftist genius to propose that the Electoral College be reorganized by identity groups: identity groups as defined by the Left, of course. It won’t surprise me if that proposal already exists and awaits the right moment to be publicized.

3. Enough of my rant. The practical task before conservatives is to persuade minority voters that the leftist agenda is doing them more harm than good. Part of that task is to persuade those voters, who are indoctrinated that conservatism is an instrument of white privilege, that we do not have the same kind of ulterior motives that the civil rights movement has acquired.

The urban black community is dying of a thousand cuts: poverty via entitlement dependency, fatherless families, gang violence, drug scourge, functional illiteracy, all of it intertwined in a correlative stew of madness. To fix the problem requires acknowledging the problem, but this would reflect very poorly on the government officials representing this community politically, from city councilmen to mayors to governors, plus state and federal representatives. They are 95% black themselves. They cannot or will not fix the real problems in their community; most barely admit it exists. What to do, then?

They have to externalize the blame with cries of racism because the real source of the problem is internal and too difficult or too politically inexpedient to attempt to fox it. False cries of racism, however, are just the collateral damage from the real goal – when you externalize the cause and the blame for the sorry state of the urban black community, you also externalize the responsibility for fixing it.

The ‘fix’ always involves rivers of tax money pouring into urban schools and community organizations (but I repeat myself), which is where the racism accusers work. THAT is the purpose of the constant bleating of racism! Racism! RACISM!.

Most people would say that the occasional calls by black activists for slave reparation money have been met and effectively shut down, not gonna happen. Really? Instead of the lump sum reparations they asked for and were denied, they are settling for a payment plan, collectively called “entitlements”, paid out by the “Bank Of Wealth Redistribution.”

“Your team is on your own 17 yard line. The penalty for delay of game is 5 yards. The clock shows 9 seconds. If the snap occurs 11 seconds later, on what yard is the ball spotted?”

If a potential recruit can’t answer correctly, I hope he winds up with _________,(insert NFL team)* regardless of color.

*I am leaving out my rival team of choice to avoid immaterial Dislikes. Hah.

They know it when they see it.

The chances for an Asian or Jewish NFL quarterback just grew dimmer.

One can picture a Sid Luckman being called into the office after testing.

“Sid, pack your bags, you’re done here.”

“What’s the problem? My talent isn’t good enough?”

“Your Wonderlic score was too high. You’re either too smart to play this game, or you’re a racist.”

    LukeHandCool in reply to LukeHandCool. | February 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Of course, if Joel Engel ever made it to the NFL’s scouting combine, his dismissal would go like this:

    “Joel, pack your bags, you’re done here.”

    “What’s the problem? My talent isn’t good enough?”

    “Two words: Cell phone.”

    Henry Hawkins in reply to LukeHandCool. | February 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Just wanted to point out that, assuming he did not play sports as an undergrad, Professor Jacobson has all four years’ of college eligibility remaining if he wanted to try out and take a shot at the NFL draft in 2017. 2016 if he’s real good.

In 1973 while playing Juniors ice hockey back in Michigan I had a season long hot streak and was scouted by the Chicago Black Hawks over the course of a week-long invitational tourney in the spring. The scouts met with my coaches the next day. They showed me their brutally brief evaluation note: “Small but slow.”


    LukeHandCool in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Reminds me of a quote from Burt Reynolds (can’t remember the name of the movie) where he’s suicidal and expressing regrets and lamenting missed opportunities in his past:

    Looking at a picture of himself as an athlete in his youth:

    “Just four seconds faster and I would’ve had the world record in the 100.”

If I was taught nothing else, it was that only white people learn stuff in school. As far as I’ve been able to gather it’s because I’m privileged (ie white).

I think the implication is that the US education system was designed by cracker m-er f-ers for cracker m-er f-ers, so only cracker m-er f-ers get the high scores.

(Blame and responsibility MUST be externalized, exported, shifted to others and made their responsibility to fix).

300 feet.

    Browndog in reply to jdkchem. | February 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Show your math-

    (looked the answer up on the internet, didn’t you?)

      Don’t know about him, but I did it in my head in mere seconds…

      20 cents per 2 feet, how much for 30 bucks:

      20 cents goes into a dollar 5 times, 5 times 30 is 150, and since 150 is the number of UNITS bought, you multiple by the length of each unit and get 300.

      Or, the length of a football field.

Captain Obvious says “The 21st century profile of a racist is anyone accusing a specific person of racism.”

But then again, Rush Limbaugh is too controversial for the NFL while Michael Vick is not. There are no chains except the ones you choose to wear.

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