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Not So Far-Fetched After All


Proponents of racial preferences typically tout the need for “representation” and “diversity” to trump simplistic notions of “merit.” One nonetheless doubts that they will be high-fiving after reading the sports page recently: Larry Bird says there need to be more white basketball stars because “the majority of fans are white America”; and the minor league American Basketball Association has announced a Native American-only basketball team since “diversity [is] a key ABA goal.” We opponents of preferences, on the other hand, have always worried that perhaps it sounded a little far-fetched when we warned that the logic of this kind of affirmative action could just as easily hurt African Americans in, say, the NBA. Well, maybe a little less far-fetched after last week.


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