The Atlantic: “black people are dumber than whites”
Dec 7th, 2011 by Unamused
I give up! I’ve had enough!
Enough of these race denialists, these radical egalitarians, these “anti-racists,” these diversity-mongers, or whatever they’re calling themselves now, telling me that blacks are dumber than whites. Fine, I concede: they are! They’re dumber than whites. Are you happy now?
I guess I should explain.
I have occasionally written on the subject of race differences in intelligence. I am far from an expert in the field — just an enthusiastic amateur — but I do have a handle on the basics. For example:
- race differences in intelligence definitely and obviously exist
- blacks are less intelligent than whites, on average
These are uncontroversial scientific facts. Perhaps you were not aware of them. Well, I’ve just made you aware, so you are out of excuses.
The most familiar way to express the black-white intelligence gap is with IQ scores, which are a good way to measure intelligence (meaning general intelligence, the so-called g factor). The average IQ of white people is about 100, and the average IQ of American blacks appears to be about 85 (though some estimates put it as low as 78). This is the IQ gap you’ve heard so much about, and it is responsible for the achievement gap that occupies so much of the education system’s attention. Furthermore, the average IQ of sub-Saharan African blacks (from whom black Americans are, of course, mostly descended) is just under 70.
Again, none of this is scientifically controversial. It shouldn’t be offensive, either, as long as you make it clear that you are talking about averages taken over millions of people.
“But I know lots of smart black people!”
“Congratulations. Please ask them to explain averages to you.”
Unfortunately, some people aren’t happy unless they’re hurting black people’s feelings. They simply insist on giving offense.
Over at The Atlantic, for example, senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates — who is, oddly enough, black — is insisting that the IQ gap (again, that’s the fact that American blacks have an average IQ more than one standard deviation below that of whites) be expressed as follows:
black people are dumber than whites
Well… okay, I guess. If you insist. I can live with that.
Obviously the statement* is still true even if you express it in a way that is seemingly designed to hurt black people’s feelings. So although I prefer to state this particular fact about race and intelligence with more, shall we say, nuance, I reluctantly defer to Mr. Coates. I will no longer attempt to spare black people’s feelings. They can have the unvarnished truth:
Black people are dumber than whites.
They really are. (I checked.)
*Of course, I’m assuming that by “black people” and “whites” Mr. Coates means black people and whites in general, i.e., on average, as opposed to, say, every single black person and every single white person, because that interpretation would just be silly.
Almost as silly as this kitten!