Nobel Prize Winner Dr. James Watson, Using Garbage Science to Reinforce a Racist Agenda…
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The Science Museum in Great Britian cancelled a talk by American DNA researcher Dr. James Watson after he claimed people of color were less intelligent than white people. Watson won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, was due to speak at the venue on Friday. But the museum has cancelled the event, saying his views went “beyond the point of acceptable debate”.
If he is suggesting that white DNA is intellectually superior to black DNA, he is wrong and a racist. If he is suggesting black culture may not or cannot prepare their own for educational and professional challenges, he may have a point. I think he meant the former.
Other have, and continue to wage Watson’s argument.
Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. outlines the social and economic advantages whites have over blacks is due to their greater intelligence. Among the many shortcomings of the authors’ logic is the simple fact that there is only one species of the human race and it cannot be broken into biological sub-units such as race. Furthermore, science has proved that DNA among all races is virtually identical and no anomalies have been discovered that would increase intelligence in whites over blacks.
However, racism does persist.
Most blacks and whites have preconceived notions about each other. For instance, three-quarters of African-Americans believed in 1994 that whites are “insensitive to other people” and 42 percent said that Asian-Americans are “unscrupulously crafty and devious in business” (Harper’s Magazine, 1994). In 1990, the National Opinion Research Center asked a random sample of English-speaking Americans 18 years of age and older a series of questions dealing with characteristics of various racial and ethnic groups. Ironically, higher educated whites thought whites were smarter than blacks, and fewer higher educated blacks thought blacks were smarter!
Efforts to prove the superiority or inferiority of different races have a long and undistinguished history, from the justifications of slavery, to the era of Darwin, to Nazi Germany.
Modern studies on race and intelligence have continued to create controversy.
In 1994, a dispute erupted over the best-selling book The Bell Curve, by Charles Murray and Richard Hermstein, which argued that there were IQ differences between races. These authors argue that welfare and other polices were diluting the intelligence of the population by inadvertently encouraging the “wrong” women (with low IQs) to have babies.
In 2002, Richard Lynn, a professor of psychology at the University of Ulster, also created an uproar with the publication of his book IQ and the Wealth of Nations.
Arthur Jensen, a former professor of educational psychology at the University of Berkeley, California, published The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability in 1998 suggesting that a “genetic component” lay behind the difference between whites and blacks in intelligence.
The cold fact is that people are intellectually equal, and that American culture is as divided as ever, as whites look for excuses to degrade blacks. The reason why blacks and Hispanics do poorly in jobs and education is because they are victims of racism on the institutional and professional levels. Minorities in general are forced to live in a sub-culture and life-style that oppresses them as a race and does not allow for upward societal mobility unless we legislate that mobility (i.e. affirmative action). If left to their devices, whites would have enslaved blacks for an indefinite period of time. Only the informed and those of high moral fiber initialized a process that changed all of that. To accomplish the goal, one million Americans had to die in the Civil War to alter this socio-economic dynamic.
I tend to agree with those who conclude intelligence within black culture is being eroded based on destructive cultural factors, however blacks are being force fed that culture at the hands of a white culture that holds supreme power over all financial, educational and institutional resources. Just look at inner city schools around the country. They are failing. Who attends those schools? Minorities mostly. Their parents are struggling financially and often kids in these schools cannot acheive simple things to help them along like new clothes, jackets, school supplies, etc. Simply put, they are setup to fail.
I’d like to ask Dr. Watson – if you swapped all whites kids and put them in inner city schools and took all of their money away, and put all blacks into cushy suburban schools, would this change the ‘intelligence’ dynamic? I bet it would.
It is patently foolish to suggest that whites are smarter than blacks based on biology, however as a society, if these people go unchallenged and their misguided beliefs are reinforced by other racists, their ignorance and racism will continue to take root and poison future generations. As a culture, we cannot progress until these people are throttled once and for all.
Posted on October 18, 2007, in Politics, Race Rlations, Social Policy and tagged black intelligence, British Science Museum, DNA research, Dr. James Watson, institutional racism, intelligence and biology, racism, The Bell Curve, white intelligence, whites smarter than blacks. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.