- Feb 27, 2010
Actually, I agree with your Point 1.Not so fast
Assuming that the 95% white figure comes from the 2011 census
if you dig into the data, it is evident that the non-whites are disproportionately young. People who occupy the sort of positions he listed, tend to be disproportionately experienced and thus old.
Also, the non-white population are disproportionately born outside of Scotland, hence being first generation arrivals might be less expected to occupy the type of official roles mentioned. His list is of course prone to selection bias. I'd be interested to see the "non-white" representation at the upper eschelons of other professions, such as health.
Also it's interesting that you go on about "blacks". Most non-whites in Scotland are Asian, with really very few blacks.
So two points here;
1. If the demographics of a selected subset of the population does not perfectly match that of the general population this does not necessarily imply systematic discrimination. There may well be more mundane explanations.
2. Scotland has enough problems with NI style sectarianism, and to a lesser extent discrimination against its Asian minority, without pretending that it has a US style Black-White slavery problem as well.
I still think he was making a fair point, and the accusation of reverse racism is OTT.
Points like his are a form of negotiation, of a minority starting to take hesitant (or pushy!) steps into the corridors of power. It should be welcomed and discussed, not rejected.