Psychology Today Apologizes for Offensive Article

Publication says it's sorry for posting a blog that claimed Black women as being less attractive.

Posted: 05/31/2011 08:57 AM EDT
Filed Under racism

(Photo: Satoshi Kanazawa)

After weeks of being on the hot seat, Psychology Today, the journal that published the article, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?" has issued an apology.

Almost two weeks after the incident, Kaja Perina, the editor in chief of the publication, issued the following statement on Friday:

Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published-—and promptly removed—from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused. Psychology Today's mission is to inform the public, not to provide a platform for inflammatory and offensive material. Psychology Today does not tolerate racism or prejudice of any sort. The post was not approved by Psychology Today, but we take full responsibility for its publication on our site. We have taken measures to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. Again, we are deeply sorry for the hurt that this post caused.

The blog’s author, and evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, tried to use “scientific evidence” to defend his claim that Black women were less attractive.

Kanazawa is currently under investigation by his employer, the London School of Economics, and whether his blog will be removed entirely has not yet been determined.

The posting, as should have been expected, caused public outrage.  The largest African-American online political organization, ColorofChange.org, created and sent a petition denouncing the study to its more 750,000 members.

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