Racist Remarks Force Nobel Scientist to Resign

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 26, 2007 – James Watson, the Nobel-Prize-winning scientist who has spent the past couple weeks wondering why he wasn’t smart enough to keep his mouth shut about his unscientific theories on the intellectual superiority of the White race, resigned under pressure Thursday from his post as chancellor of the prestigious Cold Springs Laboratory in New York.

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Watson, credited with unraveling the building blocks of life, has been the piñata of the scientific community – being publicly pummeled by scholars of all races – ever since telling a British newspaper that he was “inherently gloomy” because of his realization that Blacks are less intelligent than Whites.

The 79-year-old geneticist said, too, that any employer who has had to work with African Americans understands that Black people are just not as smart.

Watson later said his comments were not substantiated by any scientific evidence and that he was miffed as to why he made them. His apology came after he was axed from a speaking tour and lambasted in the British press.

In a statement announcing his retirement on Thursday, Watson said he was stepping down because of his age, noting that his retirement was more than overdue.

“The circumstances in which this transfer is occurring, however, are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired," he said.

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