Charles Murray’s Facing Reality is a brief essay summarizing the mass of evidence for the existence and persistence of significant racial differences in two areas: cognitive ability and violent crime rates. This evidence is irrefutable, and experts have pretty well given up contesting it.
People who dislike accepting the existence of mean differences in intelligence are reckless with charges of test bias but, as Murray writes, such claims have “nearly disappeared from the technical literature.”
The literature on how well cognitive ability predicts job performance has become so extensive that the relevant chapter “is not a meta-analysis of existing studies; it is a review of many meta-analyses.”
Results emerge consistently:
Cognitive ability and job performance are positively correlated.
The correlation goes up as the job becomes more complex.
For intellectually demanding jobs, there is no point at which more cognitive ability doesn’t make a difference.
Let us consider jobs which require an exceptionally high IQ (135+). Give population and group differences, we can expect there to be about 57 qualified white applicants for every qualified black at this level. Since most companies are not large enough to need vast numbers of employees this intelligent, we should not be surprised to find many with no blacks in such positions at all.
This does not mean there is no racial discrimination in hiring, of course.
The job market systematically discriminates in favor of racial minorities other than Asians…A detached observer might even call it systemic racism.
Perhaps the real reason for all the empty chatter about “white privilege” is that if no such thing exists, our current system of racial discrimination becomes indefensible.