The long-discredited "science" of eugenics is alive and well as Dr. James Watson, the eminent DNA authority and Nobel laureate, once again adds "racist" to his curriculum vitae
The co-winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine his description of the double helix structure of DNA has been suspended from his laboratory and forced to apologize after characterizing black people as inherently not as intelligent as whites. The New York Times:
In an interview published Sunday in The Times of London, Dr. Watson is quoted as saying that while "there are many people of color who are very talented," he is "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa."
"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 newspaper quoted him as saying.
Reuters adds a little more "color" to Watson's faux science: "While he hopes everyone is equal, 'people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true,' Watson is quoted as saying. He also said people should not be discriminated against on the basis of color, because 'there are many people of color who are very talented.' "
This is not the first time Watson attempted to rationalize racism and homophobia with statistics. In 2000, Watson suggested sex drive is related to skin color. ("That's why you have Latin lovers.") Several years later, Watson advanced the gay gene exclusionary theory suggested by some social conservatives: "If you could find the gene which determines sexuality and a woman decides she doesn't want a homosexual child, well, let her." The New York Times and Reuters coverage does not report these previous incidents.
Watson's remarks will undoubtedly be quoted as gospel and reinforce claims that whites are superior. One can imagine that keyboard bullies at the National Review and the Free Republic are having a virtual orgy with the the endorsement for the pseudo-science of eugenics..
Watson immediately backpedaled with the claim that he was "mortified" an not racist. Unfortunately, the damage is already done. Thankfully, the entire scientific community has condemned the remarks: The Science Museum of London canceled a speech Dr. Watson was to have presented today and criticizes his assertions on race and intelligence as "beyond the point of acceptable debate." Stateside, the Federation of American Scientists is outraged Watson "chose to use his unique stature to promote personal prejudices that are racist, vicious and unsupported by science.
Watson is a brilliant scientist and a mathematical genius but lacks the most important cognitive trait: Common sense.
H/T: Reggie H