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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lew Rockwell Blog: Society: Walter E. Williams: Are We Equal?: The Differences Between Equal Rights and Opportunity Versus Equality

Lew Rockwell: Blog: Walter E. Williams: Are We Equal?

I agree with professor Walter Williams that not all Americans are equal in the sense that we are all entitled to the same things. And we are all equally intelligent and equally educated and so fourth. But I get back to the notion in Dr. Martin L. King's I Have a Dream Speech where he says that he has a dream, that one day his children would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Thats all people who are in favor of equal and civil rights are asking for. Not to be judged by race, or ethnicity and so-forth, but to be judged as an individual. And what they bring to the table as far as qualifications and so forth. And if that means that one person of one race is judged better than someone of another race, so be it. As long as they aren't judged by their race, but that their qualifications for the position or whatever they are competing for are better than the people they are competing with. Not that they are judged better based on race, or ethnicity. Social Democrats who seem to be in favor of equality across the board, that no one should be treated better than anyone else, I believe at least understand this. Which is why they are in favor of affirmative action.

The fact that seven or eight out ten professional basketball players in America are African-American, even though they only represent twelve percent of the overall population has nothing to do with racism. The overwhelming majority major league caliber basketball players in America are African-American. And the fact that African-Americans only represent around 10-15%, might actually be less then 10-% today of Major League Baseball players, has nothing to do with racism. And the fact that African-Americans only represent around five percent of National Hockey League players, has nothing to do with racism either. The facts are the overwhelming majority major league caliber baseball and hockey players in America are of a different race. It would only be racist if Caucasian basketball and football players and African-American baseball and hockey players were denied access to those pro sports leagues based on race. And not what they bring to those leagues as athletes.

Pro sports, is sort of an easy example of why not all people are equal. Some are just better at doing certain things than others, whatever the reasons are. Its not equality at all costs which is what we should be shooting for. That everyone gets an equal share from what's available in society. But what we should be shooting for is equal opportunity and equal treatment that we are all judged as individuals. And what we bring to the table for the things that we go for. Rather then being treated based on our race or other physical factors. That are not relevant to what we are going after.