|William Hung would be proud!|
New York Knick Jeremy Lin was long undervalued due to his ethnicity, but almost overnight he became a sensation.
How was this off-radar non-drafted player discovered?
Not by PC legislation for sure. Rather, it was the desire of Knicks management to compete in the league, which involved a little risk-taking with whatever limited resources they had.
When seeking quality, it literally pays to recognize prejudices for what they are, in order to discard the unhelpful ones, e.g. yellow men can’t jump/shoot.
THE PERILS OF PC LEGISLATION
What if sports leagues were mandated by law to favor minorities, e.g. racial quota per team?
For one, there would be lower standards of selection as a means of attaining mere compliance. We can also expect that eligible minorities would become complacent, knowing that they have a shot at making it to the pros with less effort. We can expect a drop in athleticism overall.
Quite like the situation of government; absence of competition makes for inefficiency.
What we can take away from these meditations on Jeremy Lin’s recent success is that anti-discrimination laws have adverse consequences unforeseen by most, and hinder favorable consequences otherwise achievable sans government meddling.