The race card is cheap

The “race card” is in such abundance these days that economists illustrating it with supply-demand curves would unanimously conclude that at current prices it’s in a severe surplus. The response would be to raise its price (discredit those who have the temerity to supply it).

That’s why I was about to slam my head on my desk when I read this story at Bleacher Report

Here’s my summary: Kendall Marshall played point guard for North Carolina a few years back, and now he plays for the Philadelphia 76ers (who, last I checked, are a miserable 4-33). However, Kendall’s old man thinks he should be getting more playing time, especially in the place of an unnamed white player. Because a white guy is allegedly taking minutes from his son, papa Marshall immediately cried “racism!”

Isn’t that something! A white guy finally gets a chance in the NBA and people suddenly suggest some racism is at play.

Now I have no idea why Kendall isn’t getting minutes on a 4-33 team. Personally, I never thought he was anything special in college, so it doesn’t startle me that he isn’t making it in a league with the best players in the world.

But can people please start to think critically instead of settling for such a pathetic explanation? Please?

Especially because the same principle haunts the financial industry, where government policies are in place to essentially force banks to issue loans to minorities, even if banks don’t think they’ll be profitable.

In my view of the world, though, a bank isn’t going to turn down making profitable loans on account of racism. If it did, then I’m sure another bank would be more than happy to make some dough.

Likewise, if the 76ers thought Kendall Marshall could help the team win some more games, then they’d be shooting themselves in their racist feet by keeping him on the bench. Another (less racist) team would probably gobble him right up.

When winning (in sports) and profit (for banks) is the motive power behind the operations, race becomes irrelevant.


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