On the football team:
Asians and Latinos are not adequately represented on the football team. Why is that? Were they even seriously recruited? Was there any cultural outreach even attempted? Mentoring? Tutoring? Are such imbalances true of the basketball team as well? Based on the racial composition of the campus, is the football or basketball team more or less representative of the campus community than, say, the faculty?
Even whites (e.g., 52 percent of the team?) seem underrepresented according to the doctrine of proportional representation. Why is a prestigious sports team alone exempt from affirmative action — as if so-called “merit” is suddenly a paramount, tangible, and definable quality in only this instance?
Disparate-impact theory long ago, we were told, shredded the ossified notion of benign unintended overrepresentation of one racial group over another in a given instance, defended by supposedly bogus notions of individual merit.
Once sports teams, both professional and college, start joining the argument outside of sports for proportional representation, de facto quotas, and more diversity, should they be the first to suffer the consequences of their own ideology?.
While the sports teams exhibit extreme racial disparities, Mizzou itself is very representative of Missouri as a whole. For instance, Hispanics comprise 3% of the student body, comparable to their 3.6% of the state population. And 7% of Mizzou students are black, compared with 11% of Missourians.
In fact, given Mizzou’s extremely high acceptance rate (86%), just about anyone with a pulse will be admitted, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. Meanwhile, the football team seems to be a hotbed of racial discrimination.