How can intelligent people be racist

PORTRAIT JAMES D. WATSON NOBEL PRIZE WINNER: : "Blacks are less intelligent"

Actually, James Dewey Watson only wanted to praise his memoirs, which appeared under the title “Avoid Boring People” in Great Britain. But then the bomb burst. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the 79-year-old discoverer of the double helix and Nobel Prize winner let newspaper readers know that he was “deeply concerned about Africa's prospects”. Because the social policy is based on the assumption that the intelligence of blacks "equals ours - while all tests say that this is not true".

Watson's statements sparked a storm of indignation. The long sold-out book launch at the Science Museum in London has been canceled. His other appointments, for example in Oxford and Cambridge, should at least not get bored.

The British biologist Steven Rose of the Society for Social Responsibility for Science described Watson's words as "scandalous". "He's said similar things about women, but hasn't ventured into racist terrain yet," said Rose. The black human rights group "1990 Trust" also accused Watson of promoting racism.

But there are also defenders: "Watson is not a racist," stated the newspaper "Independent". But it remains a mystery why a scientist simplifies his format so much. In fact, blacks do on average worse than whites on IQ tests - and those in turn worse than Asians. However, the interpretation of these results is controversial: Are the differences genetic? How strongly are IQ tests influenced by upbringing, social background and cultural differences? What does the IQ say about intelligence “in real life”? Many scientists, unlike Watson, deny that genes, intelligence and skin color are directly linked.

Watson, director of the renowned "Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory" on Long Island for 50 years, loves provocation. If the skinny man with the thinning hair and the wide eyes starts giggling at a public discussion, one can be prepared for one of his attacks. Note: Guaranteed not politically correct.

No doubt Watson believes in genes. It is often more humane to accept the genetic makeup as the cause of disorders than, for example, the failure of school. He speaks from experience. His son has schizophrenia. “My wife and I didn't want to admit it for 30 years,” he says. “We put a lot of pressure on to make him independent. He just wanted us to take care of him. "Hartmut Wewetzer

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