What we used to know about race (part 3)
Jan 17th, 2012 by Unamused
What did we know about “the negro” in 1910?
Mentally the negro is inferior to the white.
Race differences in intelligence, which in the age before political correctness were considered uncontroversial scientific facts (and do indeed favor Europeans over Africans), have since been confirmed by modern science. They are once again uncontroversial scientific facts. For an introduction, I will refer you to Chapter 4 (“Intelligence and Brain Size,” pp. 22–27) of J. Philippe Rushton’s “Race, Evolution, and Behavior” (2000).
[T]he arrest or even deterioration in mental development is no doubt very largely due to the fact that after puberty sexual matters take the first place in the negro’s life and thoughts.
Here, I will refer you to Chapter 3 (“Sex, Hormones, and AIDS,” pp. 18–21). Yes, this racial stereotype — just like all the other ones — reflects a statistical truth.
[H]is environment has not been such as would tend to produce in him the restless energy which has led to the progress of the white race; and the easy conditions of tropical life and the fertility of the soil have reduced the struggle for existence to a minimum.
This is addressed in Chapter 7 (“Out of Africa,” pp. 39–41), under “Geography and Race.” The section begins:
Climate differences also influenced mental abilities. In Africa, food and warmth were available all year round. To survive the cold winters, the populations migrating northwards had to become more inventive. They had to find new sources of food and methods for storing it. They needed to make clothing and shelters to protect against the elements. Without them the people would have died. Both parents had to provide more care to help their young survive in the harsher climates.
Rushton’s r/K-type life-history strategies elegantly explain the observed racial differences in so many physical and behavioral traits.
Moving “Out of Africa” meant moving into a K-type life-history strategy. That meant higher IQ, larger brains, slower growth, and lower hormone levels. It also meant lower levels of sexuality, aggression, and impulsive behavior. More family stability, advanced planning, self-control, rule-following, and longevity were needed.
Back to Britannica:
[T]he mental constitution of the negro is very similar to that of a child, normally good-natured and cheerful, but subject to sudden fits of emotion and passion during which he is capable of performing acts of singular atrocity, impressionable, vain, but often exhibiting in the capacity of servant a dog-like fidelity which has stood the supreme test.
For more information on this (perhaps more than usually) controversial subject, I will refer you (not for the first time) to the outstanding essay “Morality and Abstract Thinking” by Gedaliah Braun (author of “Racism, Guilt and Self-Deceit”) in the February 2009 issue of American Renaissance.
[I]n the southern states in 1890 there were about four and a half times as many negro prisoners to population as white prisoners, and in 1904 about five and a half times as many; … in the northern states in 1890 there were about six times as many negro prisoners to population as white prisoners, and in 1904 about nine times as many.
Elevated crime rates? No kidding.
The author of this hilariously “offensive” (meaning truthful but tactless) entry: one Walter Francis Willcox, LL.B., Ph.D., Chief Statistician for the Census Bureau, Professor of Social Science and Statistics at Cornell University, Member of the American Social Science Association and Secretary of the American Economical Association.
Gee guys, I don’t get it. How could such a smart, well informed, science-minded individual be so ignorant when it comes to race? Why on Earth would he believe those awful things about black people?
It is a mystery.