J. B. Cash's Column
Sailing Off Course
(9/30/05) Steve Sailer is a writer for
various publications, most notably The American Conservative,
and VDARE.com (an anti-immigration website). He is remarkable
in the writing field for his ability to take on controversial
topics concerning race and address them directly. He often
makes use of statistical analysis, at which he is very adept,
and uses it to make a variety of anti-PC points. Since he is
able to write on subjects which are considered "untouchable"
by the mainstream media he often uncovers hidden truths or
controversial causes for many common public issues.
Sailer has made several cogent points about the recent
presidential election, notably his "Marriage Gap Red-Blue
Theory," and also the myth of there being a large number of
Republican hispanics and Asians. He has also taken on Steven
Levitt's theory proposing that legalized abortion caused a
reduction in the crime rate. He is a conservative who is
anti-war and anti-immigration. He writes well and is an
interesting read; you may see for yourself at isteve.com.
He is also one of the only (semi) mainstream writers
who will touch the subject of sports and race. Seeing how he
writes well in other areas, the results of his writings in the
area of sports is extremely disappointing. For fans of Caste
Football he should be an asset, but unfortunately he is one of
the biggest cheerleaders for the Caste System.
worse, he applies his considerable mathematical skills in an
attempt to justify his (usually) incorrect assertions. His
inability to understand the nuances of athletics, his limited
knowledge of the real world of sport, and his ingrown biases,
all combine to make him one of the biggest supporters of the
myth of black athletic supremacy.
Mr. Sailer is an
influential writer and widely read by those Internet readers
that consider themselves racially aware and might also read
Caste Football. It would be a gross injustice if we did not
attempt to address some of the many errors or
misinterpretations made by Sailer. This is not to say that he
doesn't have important things to say or that he is completely
inaccurate. It is just that he is sometimes flat-out wrong and
does the cause of ending the Caste System a great
There is also no other source besides Caste
Football that would provide criticism for his point of view
since it is precisely the view of the mainstream. One would
think that a writer who bucks conventional wisdom at every
turn would wonder why he is so in tune with the establishment
in this one area. I believe Sailer thinks that because the
mainstream rarely discusses the issue that he is in fact
opposing a mainstream point of view, but really, do you know
any news source or information outlet that does not subscribe
to the "black athletic superiority myth"?
Not only does
Sailer get much wrong in a factual sense (more about that
later), but his attitude towards white athletes is positively
hateful. I have written about this racial self-hate among the
media before. I imagine that Sailer, like so many middle-aged
white writers, looks around at pro athletes, maybe the few
blacks they see on a regular basis, and internalizes some
feeling of racial inferiority. Instead of pointing out the
real reason there are so many blacks (complete racial
surrender to minorities by his own generation), he blames it
Those similarily highly muscular white
youth are shut out or discouraged from even trying due to the
Caste System in place that those like Sailer keep propping up.
Ever notice how much more muscular the European basketball
players are compared to U.S. basketball players? Ever wonder
why? I doubt the white gene pool is superior in Europe,
ravished by internecine wars in the 20th century. Probably
because someone sees these strong kids and throws them a
basketball, while here in America they tell them to pick up a
wrench. In America, in sports where blacks dominate, no whites
Here are some examples of where Sailer
takes a gratuitous swipe at a white athlete or white athletic
"[Barry] Bonds, the greatest all-around player
of the last decade, may well have been clean until recently.
With pumped-up lesser talents like Mark McGwire, who was found
with the legal steroid precursor Androstenedione in his
locker, becoming folk heroes, Bonds apparently decided to turn
himself into the monster that hit 73 home runs in 2001 with
the alleged help of steroids and human growth
McGwire "lesser talented"!!!!! As far as
homeruns are concerned Bonds was never the home run hitter
McGwire was. McGwire was a big-time home run hitter from day
one. McGwire's homeruns per at bat: 583 homers in 6,187 at
bats; Bonds: 703 homers in 9,098 at bats. McGwire's ratio of
home runs to at bats is the highest in baseball history, even
ahead of Babe Ruth. By contrast, Bonds was not much of a power
hitter until he beefed up on the steroids and added huge home
run totals in the latter part of his career.
won two season home run titles in spite of his "alleged" use
of steroids/HGH/ and "the clear". McGwire won four home run
titles and in his rookie season hit more than Bonds has in any
year except the 73 aberration, which was the only time he hit
as many as 50.
And the comment "Bonds may have been
clean until recently." What!?! Bonds is a lifelong friend of
BALCO owner Victor Conte. Why would one assume it is only
recently unless one had an agenda?
Sailer also writes:
"But, are basketball and football the best tests of
athleticism? What about the hundreds of other sports in which
blacks have not triumphed, like surfing, curling, or dog sled
mushing? How can Americans so confidently assume that
basketball and football are more demanding than, say, English
Channel-swimming (at which walrus-shaped whites stand out)?"
Here Sailer chooses non-sports "like surfing, curling,
or dog sled mushing" to insinuate whites only win at
non-athletic types of sports. He doesn't offer weightlifting,
high jumping, swimming, wrestling, or gymnastics, sports where
whites totally dominate and are more difficult than the few
sprints that blacks dominate in. He also mentions
English-channel swimming with walrus shaped whites. I must
admit I have never heard anyone marvel at the ability of a
person to swim the English Channel. Sailer throws this in to
show how whites only succeed at "silly" things.
also what's with the "walrus-shaped"??? Gee, when I think of
swimmers I think of those buff white guys with the six-pack
abs who are as athletic looking as any black athlete. You want
walrus shaped? Check out most NFL black lineman, offensive or
defensive. Those guys are big fat walruses, and we get to see
them every year in the fall on Saturdays and
More Sailer: "Clearly, there are many
different athletic skills. So, how can we possibly claim that
one man is a better athlete than another, much less that one
race is more athletic than another? This is exactly analogous
to a common attack on Richard Herrnstein's and Charles
Murray's contention in The Bell Curve that Asians and whites
tend to be smarter than blacks: How can just one number
represent all the many kinds of mental talents? In sports, the
closest analogy to the IQ test is the decathlon. Olympic
decathletes compete in 10 track and field events, but against
the stopwatch and measuring tape rather than each other. Their
10 tallies are summed, and the overall highest scorer is hyped
as the 'world's greatest athlete.'
isn't just a single measure as some critics claim, but a
sophisticated aggregating of many skills...Of course, any
scheme for weighting the components must be somewhat
arbitrary...Who can really say in the abstract how track vs.
field or verbal vs. visual scores should be weighted? 50-50?
80-20? It all depends on the task at hand."
seems to indicate that the decathlon is analogous to an IQ
test, at which whites excel more than blacks. And SURPRISE!
Whites excel at the decathlon over blacks at much the same
level as in IQ testing. But since this doesn't prove Sailer's
"black supremacy myth" he quickly forgets the decathlon
results and moves on. It's almost as if Sailer was writing the
article then looked up the decathlon results and WHOOPS, other
than Lynn Christie a generation ago, and Rafer Johnson two
generations ago, blacks don't do so well at the decathlon.
Must be one of those silly white sports like
Sailer writes: "Fifty years after Jackie
Robinson integrated baseball, it is now clear that equality of
opportunity in America's top team sports has lead not to
equality of results but to black supremacy. A random
African-American is currently about 15 times more likely to
reach the NFL and 28 times more likely the NBA than a random
non-black. Even in baseball, a sport with which many
African-Americans have become bored, black American
ballplayers have earned 11 of the last 20 Most Valuable Player
I would resond as follows: Fifty
years after Jackie Robinson integrated baseball we now know
that blacks aren't that good at it. Only a small percentage
play in the Major Leagues. Of course this is just because they
are "bored" with it, not because they are getting beat out by
whites. Wonder if it is possible whites are bored with being
treated like crap in basketball and football and are giving up
on it? As for MVP awards they are popularity awards given out
by the same middle aged white guys that think like Sailer on
this issue. "Steroid Barry" won a lot of those awards so it
More Sailer: "Consider the
supremacy of West African sprinters and East African middle to
long distance runners. Granted, social settings play a role in
determining who wins in which games (polo and yachting are
extreme examples). Still, as the editor of Runner's World,
Amby Burfoot, pointed out in his brave article, "White Men
Can't Run," running is the cheapest, most equal opportunity
sport. No purely cultural explanation for the distinct West
and East African advantages in footspeed is plausible."
But whites competed equally with blacks until social
forces pressured the ONLY avenues of success in this endeavor
in the non-communist world, American colleges, to selectively
choose black runners. We know this to be true from the
comments made by Jeremy Wariner and Michael Johnson's coach,
After blacks attained a social lock on the
position U.S. pharmaceutical expertise took over. American
doped blacks beat Communist doped whites for the same reason
American industry dominated Communist industry — the
freer-market does things better.
(And once again "polo
and yachting" mentioned as sports instead of something like
the Tour de France or high jumping)
Sailer, the man who
will document every trend he sees with reams of obscure
statistics, suddenly discovers a new "skill" for blacks that
is untestable and undocumented, but solely responsible for
nearly all black ability and success.
"Sadly, too few whites notice that black sports success seems
to also originate above the neck, in certain common black
mental advantages over whites. For example, in the NFL most
offensive linemen, who diligently execute the coach's plays,
are white. Most defensive linemen, who instantly devise their
own responses, are black. More spectacularly, black basketball
players like Elgin Baylor and Julius Erving blew wide open a
stodgy game of set-piece plays. White coaches long resisted
their black players' ability to make it up as they went along.
The only man to consistently hold Michael Jordan to no more
than 20 points per game was Dean Smith, his college coach.
Yet, 'playground jungle ball' eventually routed predictable
"Obviously, the occasional
Larry Bird or John Stockton shows that some whites can master
the black game. Still, whites seem less often able to meet
modern basketball's demands for creative improvisation and
on-the-fly interpersonal decision-making. As Thomas Sowell
notes, 'To be an outstanding basketball player means to
out-think opponents consistently in these split-second
decisions under stress.' Beyond basketball, these black
cerebral superiorities in 'real time' responsiveness also
contribute to black dominance in jazz, running with the
football, rap, dance, trash talking, preaching, and oratory.
(Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, improvised the immortal
conclusion to his 'I Have a Dream" speech.)"
response is: Wow, "real-time responsiveness," bet Sailer's got
a pile of data on that one!
Black defensive lineman —
improvisational geniuses or fat guys that get playing time
because coaches think fat black guys are better and every
single scouting service in the country
Playground jungle ball routing white style
basketball? Well not any more. Took "un-real responsiveness"
white Europeans one generation to figure it out and dismantle
the split second jungle-ballers.
Black dominance in
jazz — due to "real-time responsiveness" or lots of pot
Running with the football — "real-time
responsiveness" or the Caste System?
due to "real-time responsiveness," or child-like fascination
with rhyming words and a monotonous beat?
real-time responsiveness, or a lack of self respect combined
with primitive spastic tendencies?
real-time responsiveness or ill-mannered behavior enabled by
Preaching and oratory: real-time
responsiveness or a really good scam to score with the ladies
and make some easy cash?
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
improvising the immortal conclusion to his "I Have a Dream"
speech or stealing it from someone else like he did with much
of his work?
You make the call.
Sailer: "A second advantage that black men enjoy over white
men — is manly charisma...(Sailer has mistaken an adolescent
infatuation with hitting on women as "manly charisma". Most
women I know refer to it as "typically obnoxious black male
behavior.")...can be deduced by first returning to that knotty
question of why do so many people think blacks are the best
Well we don't here at Caste Football; but
Sailer is referring to the media-trained masses that don't
agree with him on much of anything but this.
This is a
small sample of Sailer's writing on race and sports, mostly
points with which with we disagree. Some of it is worthwhile
and a valuable part of the discussion. Part II will cover