The Globe Finds a Racial Disparity

Of 100 new federally appointed judges 98 are white, Globe finds.” The first thing the reasonable reader thinks is, of course, “I wonder what the composition of the candidate pool is like.” The Globe does address this, at the very end of the article.

In some locations, the pool of minority lawyers is modest. For example, just five per cent of Nova Scotia’s 2,000 lawyers belong to a visible minority; while a 2006 B.C. survey found that just 18 per cent of Vancouver’s lawyers were from a visible minority, compared to 42 per cent of the city’s population.

In Ontario, a similar survey conducted by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2009 found that 693 of the province’s 20,000 lawyers were black. It found that 979 were Chinese, Japanese or Korean; 101 were Hispanic; 1,312 were South Asian; and 290 were of Arab or West Asian descent. The province had 281 aboriginal and 96 Métis lawyers.

 It’s surprising to me how few Asian lawyers there are, but anyway that pretty much explains the situation. And yet the Globe thinks this needs to be fixed for some reason. Why? Obviously Asians especially are over-represented in other areas, so try to get proportional representation in the places where they aren’t just amounts to an effort to prevent whites from getting jobs.

Blacks Have Contributed Lots to Civilization

Once aware of certain racial realities, a person (especially a Christian) must try to avoid sliding into contempt.

Lawrence Auster goes much too far in his response to learning that black leaders wanted money for the moon missions redirected to social programs:

And that is all that blacks as an organized community have to contribute to our civilization: endless complaints about white injustice to blacks, and endless demands for the wealth and goods that white people have produced, and that blacks are incapable of producing.

This is absurd. In music alone (no small thing) blacks have made many enduring contributions to civilization.

(Maybe Auster intends some distinction between individual blacks and ‘blacks as an organized community,’ but lots of music will qualify anyway—think of gospel for example).

Update for readers coming from Auster’s blog: I anticipated the distinction between culture and civilization, and I accept it. If blacks have made no contributions to civilization, then let’s remember that civilization isn’t all there is.

Further update: Auster wrote “the black blackmail and dragging down of our civilization will continue and intensify, until the civilization is ruined.” This suggested to me that blacks ruin while provide little or nothing in return. It still reads that way to me, and that’s what I was taking issue with.

Asians Increasingly Marrying Other Asians

Having read Skarphedin’s post on inter-racial dating and marriage, this is no surprise:

Asian-Americans still have one of the highest interracial marriage rates in the country, with 28 percent of newlyweds choosing a non-Asian spouse in 2010, according to census data. But a surge in immigration from Asia over the last three decades has greatly increased the number of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, giving young people many more options among Asian-Americans. It has also inspired a resurgence of interest in language and ancestral traditions among some newlyweds.

 More diversity often means more segregation.

Below 30°N, Everything Disappears

Gregory Cochran explores the geography of scientific productivity:

You might suspect that the pattern would change if we raised the bar, looked at more extreme and important examples of scientific creativity, rather than counting every paper. It does. If you look at Nobel prizes in the sciences, or Fields medals, the differences become starker. Whole nations disappear. Single individuals outdo whole civilizations.

Black Corruption Corroding Washington Transit

The Washington Times:

Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents…

The homogeneity … is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell. In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.

(HT: Heartiste.)

The Race Divide in America

Mark Krikorian:

The meaningful social divide in our country is—and always has been—not white/non-white but black/non-black. Everyone on the non-black side of that divide eventually becomes part of the majority population, starting with Quakers in New England (who, despite being English Protestants, were the wrong kind of English Protestants), then non-English Protestants, then northern European Catholics, then southern and eastern Europeans, then people of Middle Eastern origin … and, eventually, people of Latin and Asian ancestry.

That’s pretty optimistic about Hispanics, though.

Why Asian Babies Are So Cute

Cute Asian baby

H and I were talking about how cute Asian babies are, and I realized that I actually know why this is.

Asians are slower to mature than whites or blacks (they also live longer). For instance, Asian babies take the longest to develop motor skills and start walking, and Asians go through puberty later. Since this relative youthfulness of Asians applies even to babies, Asian babies are actually more baby-ish (less developed) than other babies. And thus cuter.

(For the interested: this is all related to the relative r-selectedness of Asians, on which see Rushton’s Race, Evolution, and Human Behaviour. Also, Skarphedin has rounded up some recent evidence on race and maturation.)

Asian Campus Dominance is Here to Stay

Jonathan Kay in last month’s National Post:

Last year, my wife read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, and laughed at the author’s insanely Type-A mothering techniques. But when she put Chua’s book down, the first words out of her mouth were “Should we put our kids in piano lessons?”

And so we did. We also sent our youngest child to after-school reading lessons, even though I’m not sure she needed them. The competition from highly motivated immigrants is making stressed out Tiger Mothers of us all.

Unfortunately, it won’t be that simple for everyone. Besides work-ethic and single-mindedness, there are two other major factors here. First, East Asian students are very willing to cheat—success is encouraged by any means necessary. This may change over time, or maybe non-Asians will start cheating more. Second, East Asians have a higher average IQ than Caucasians. That won’t change.