Over at The Unz Review today, Steve Sailer touched upon/backed into something I’ve often noted but never articulated.
By “backing into” my observation, I mean that Sailer is hypothesizing a variable for measuring criminality among Black athletes besides IQ.
The post, Wonderlic IQ Test Helps Predict NFL Arrest Rates, concerns a study published by a group of psychological researchers seeking to isolate various data points as predictors of “off-duty deviance in professional settings” for NFL draft picks.
Sailer naturally points out that the paper extrapolates the IQ data (in the form of the Wonderlic test) for the purposes of his post, and escalates it a notch by hypothesizing the influence that athleticism, as opposed to IQ, has on criminality. Sailer postulates that athleticism deters criminality in Blacks due to the intrinsic cultural and social rewards and auspicious motivations experienced by high level Black athletes. Since the data tend to be amorphous when it comes to defining “athleticism” in prisoners (a good gauge of criminality), he suggests using height as a proxy.
As Sailer isolates height as the stand-in for athleticism, he risks muddling the hypothesis by failing to consider that shorter men, due to social stigmas and self-limitations attendant upon reduced levels of self-esteem that accompany being a short man, makes them more prone to violence and generalized criminal behavior. In other words, maybe height is the reward, not athleticism.
And who is more harmed, as an ethnic/racial group by diminutive height than a Black man?
Every time I see a very short Black man (like my height or so) I feel bad for him. Talk about getting the raw end of the racial stick! Shortness is not equal. I am short, but I am Mexican, and short Mexicans are a dime a dozen. Being short and being Mexican is not a stigma (within the context of the Mexican cohort, though maybe in American society at large it is); you can be a short Mexican and it’s basically a “whatever” submission to normality. I’m a short Mexican…wow. Hardly a stand out physical feature.
But when you see a short Black man, you’re riddled with pity and curiosity. One thing Black men have going for them is their physical prowess and height. A Black man lacking these differentiating physical traits is a spectacle, indeed. Here is a Black man that needs to fend his way cognitively like the rest of us. A short Black man is denatured, gutted of his heritage’s calling. It seems short Black men are not usually the happiest or sanest specimens and they seem to predominate in the local police blotter.
Sailer’s methodology in which he seeks to parse out Black athleticism via height as a function of criminality may in fact be measuring another, parallel correlation: the fact that shortness, for the Black man, might be an important conduit to criminality, perhaps superseding low IQ.