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Watson Backs Off Comments On African Mental Inferiority

Nobel Prize winner James Watson told The Independent in an exclusive interview that he had been misunderstood concerning his remarks about Africans lacking the intelligence of people in other parts of the world. “To those who have d rawn the inference from m y words that Africa as a continent is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant.” he intended to express the view that genes play a role in shaping human intelligence and help explain variance in behaviors such as why some people are more violent or engage in criminal activities. His comments have caused several organizations in England to consider canceling his scheduled appearances.

Mr. Watson is still confused about issues of criminality and violence. The definition of crime stems from social and economic views, not from inherent intelligence. If a society decides driving 70 miles an hour is to be defined as criminal or that using marijuana is a criminal act, it reflects a social interpretation that has nothing to do with genetic makeup. For example, in the Netherlands I can smoke marijuana and be considered as engaging in a legal action, but the same behavior in the United States results in me being placed in prison. A society gives a young man a weapon and tells him to shoot “the enemy” but there is no thought the shooting constitutes an act of violence. Watson appears to believe there is such a thing as “crime” and “violence” acting apart from societal norms. He forgets that Europeans have killed more people than humans from any other area of the world — does that suggest Europeans have genetic factors that compel the use of violence?

James Watson, DNA Pioneer – Blacks Just Ain’t Smart As We Whites!

James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on DNA, caused a furor with his comments that appeared in the London Times. Watson stated that “he was extremely 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 testing says not really.” He noted it was natural to believe all humans are equal in intelligence but “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” His new book will argue that capacities of people who have been separated geographically have significant differences. In 1997, Watson created a storm of protest when he told a British newspaper that a woman should have a right to abort an unborn child if it could be determined the child would turn out to be homosexual.

The remarks of James Watson merely reveals an old truism — people with book learning can be as stupid as those who have no education. It would require several volumes in order to respond to his lack of knowledge about history and human migration. Egypt, an African nation, for a few thousand years dominated large areas of the world and was much further advanced than white European barbarians. It would require many pages to list the names of black writers, artists, scientists, and leaders. A fundamental misunderstanding is his lack of knowledge regarding human migrations. All humans came out of Africa. We have been wandering back and forth across this planet for thousands of years. After all, inhabitants of the western hemisphere originally came from Asia. I’m glad Mr. Watson never had to deal with an employee such as Nelson Mandela, I guess he would have preferred the more intelligent Adolf Hitler. As for his remarks about aborting potential “homosexuals” it boggles my mind to find a response that could be stated in polite English.