Respected Scholar Disses Black Intelligence

Respected Scholar Disses Black Intelligence

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 18, 2007 – Nobel Prize winner James Watson might be considered a genius for helping unravel the building blocks of life, but he sure wasn’t smart enough to know that his racist theories that Whites are smarter than Blacks had been kicked to the curb as completely unscientific by a boatload of respected scholars – both Black and White – before him.

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In language much less sanitized than that used by contemporaries Charles Murray and Richard J. Hernstein, in their book “The Bell Curve,” (1994), which suggested a similar conclusion, the 79-year-old geneticist said that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really," The Sunday Times of Britain reports.

He said that “people who have to deal with Black employees” know that Blacks are not as intelligent.

Watson, who runs one of America’s leading scientific research institutions, made the controversial remarks in an interview in The Sunday Times.

Watson didn’t end it there, saying, “There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.”

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Written by BET-Staff


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