The thesis was "that whatever the ISU is doing to expand access and increase the diversity of both skaters and officials...doesn't, shall we say, appear to be having a ton of impact as yet."Of course it's Western centric, all of us who have posted regarding the US of A have said that we are discussing the US.
Those of us in the US know the barriers that impeded Black skaters in particular (and those in the Latinx community) and would like to see those barriers fall. If your country has significant populations of color (as in the US, numbers range from 25 to 40% in the last census, depending on how they are read) and those barriers do not exist in your country, good for you. I'm glad you have programs to address your significant populations of color, or that you have such significant populations that participate fully
I'm glad we are acknowledging the issue here in the US (first step to addressing it) and hopefully good ideas can come forward to address it.
"What if the ISU implemented a quota requirement that at least 50% of tech panel members and judges at all major events (basically, Grand Prix events on up) must be drawn from non-traditional skating countries, or must be under the age of 40, or must be of colour?"
The post I was reacting to wasn't also focused on the US, in fact it was, among other things, comparing the situation in the different countries.
I don't want to sound rude but what the US of A do for themselves doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't affect international scene and international rules, which unfortunately happens often (that's why we are forced to call Rittberger as Loop for instance ). The international aspect was the reason why I've put my contribution to the discussion.