Research That Was to Prove
Jensen Wrong Proves Him Right
An adoption study designed
to show that environment causes low black IQ confirms that the cause is
by Richard Lynn
is now about a quarter of a century since Arthur Jensen of the University
of California at Berkeley broke the consensus of some forty years by proposing
that there is a strong genetic basis to race differences in intelligence.1
From around 1930 it had been almost unanimously stated that the IQ difference
between blacks and whites was entirely due to social deprivation. This
was the doctrine routinely taught to college students throughout the United
Prof. Richard Lynn
During this period of virtually unchallenged environmentalism it was
nevertheless recognized that there was a substantial IQ difference between
American blacks and whites. This was first shown conclusively during the
First World War when conscripts to the military were given intelligence
tests to determine whether they were acceptable for service and what training
they should be given. The average IQ difference between blacks and whites
was 17 points, and this difference had been shown repeatedly in later studies.
The difference has never been in dispute. The problem lies in its causes
and what part, if any, genetics plays.
It was in 1969 that this environmentalist consensus was broken by Dr.
Jensen. He suggested that the best reading of the evidence was that between
two thirds and three quarters of the black IQ deficit was probably due
to genetic causes. What this meant was that if black children were reared
in the same environment as whites, the IQ difference would be reduced to
between two thirds and three quarters, i.e. to about 10-12 IQ points. At
the time, this was essentially an informed guess. There was no direct evidence
to show whether it was right or wrong.
The crucial evidence on this question became available only in 1992,
and it showed that Dr. Jensen was right and, if anything, had underestimated
the strength of the genetic factor. Ironically, the evidence was produced
in a study that was designed to prove that Dr. Jensen was wrong but ended
up showing he was right.2 This is the story.
The Adoption Study
In the early 1970s, Sandra Scarr of Harvard and her collaborator Richard
Weinberg decided to study what would happen to the intelligence of black
babies who were adopted and brought up by white parents. Their plan was
to test Dr. Jensen’s hypothesis that there would still be a substantial
deficit in their intelligence. Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg were confident
that this hypothesis would be disproved and that the IQ of the black children
would turn out to be the same as that of white children.
They found 29 black infants adopted at an early age by white college
graduates. They also found 68 babies with one black and one white parent,
which they called the inter-racial children, who had also been adopted
by white college graduates. And finally, as controls, they found 25 white
The first report on what came to be known as the Minnesota Transracial
Adoption Study came out in 1976.3 At this time the white adopted children
were ten years old while the black and inter-racial children were six.
The average IQs of the three groups were black = 97, inter-racial = 109,
and white = 111.
Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg claimed this result as a triumph for environmentalists.
As everyone knows, they argued, the average black IQ in the United States
is 85. The average of the black infants brought up by white parents was
97, almost the same as the white average of 100. Furthermore, the IQ of
the inter-racial children was 109, well above that of whites. It seemed
that being brought up by white college graduates had removed the black
IQ deficit. Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg claimed they had proved the environmentalist
case. It seemed Dr. Jensen was wrong.
At the time,
these conclusions were fallacious but they were to be shown to be even
more fallacious in 1992 when the second report on the study was published.
There were two fallacies in the study. First, the babies came from the
northern states and northern blacks have a higher average intelligence
than southern blacks. The probable reason for this is that more intelligent
blacks migrated north, leaving the less intelligent in the south. The average
IQ of northern blacks is 88 while that of southern blacks is 83, so the
IQ of 97 for the adopted blacks must be compared with the figure of 88
for northern blacks who are reared in their own black environments. Even
so, they apparently had a nine IQ point advantage, suggesting that being
reared by white parents raises the black IQ by nine points.
This conclusion needs further modification. The children were mostly
tested with the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (the WISC), which
was constructed and standardized in 1947. The intelligence level of the
population has been increasing over time at about 3 IQ points a decade,
largely because of improvements in nutrition.4 Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg
were therefore using a test that was 29 years out of date.
Over that period the average IQs of both blacks and whites rose by nine
points. So where does this leave the apparent 9-point advantage gained
by black children raised by white parents. The answer is “precisely nowhere.”
The average IQ of these children turns out to be just the same as that
of black children raised by their own parents. This would have been clear
if Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg had used an up-to-date IQ test.
Nevertheless, the inter-racial children appeared to perform a bit better.
On the genetic hypothesis they should have obtained an average IQ half
way between whites and blacks. Adjusting for the fact that IQs are higher
in the northern states (blacks = 88, whites = 103), and adding 9 IQ points
for the outdated test norms (blacks now = 97, whites now = 112), the IQ
of the inter-racial children should have been half way between 97 and 112,
or 104.5. The fact that their IQ was 109 seems to show that these children
had gained 4.5 IQ points from having been reared in a white family. This
suggests that being brought up by college-educated white parents does improve
the IQs of inter-racial children.
The Follow-up Study
This result gave some support to the environmentalist position, but
even this consolation was to disappear when a follow-up study of the children
was published in the fall of 1992. The children were given intelligence
tests again in 1986, at an average age of 17 years. It was to be six years
before Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg published the results. Normally these
data would take a month or two to analyze and write up and a year to publish,
and the results would have appeared in 1988. The four-year publication
delay is excessive and is probably due to the fact that Dr. Scarr and Dr.
Weinberg were worried by what they found.
showed that adoption had no beneficial effect whatever on the IQs of the
black, inter-racial, or white children. Their average IQs at age 17 were
89 (black), 98 (inter-racial), and 106 (white). Different IQ tests were
used from those in the earlier 1976 report, but they were still approximately
10 years out of date. Three points must therefore be added to the average
IQ of the group to which the black children are compared – blacks in the
The IQ of northern blacks (adjusted up by three points) was 91 in 1986,
so the black adopted children actually had lower IQs (89 vs 91) than northern
blacks brought up in their own communities. The same absence of any effect
is found for the inter-racial and white children after adjustments are
made for the fact that the children were from northern states and that
the test norms were obsolete.
Note also that the difference between the reported (unadjusted) IQs
of black and white children reared in identical environments is 18 points
(88 vs 106), slightly greater than the average difference between blacks
and whites that has consistently been found since the First World War.
Even if adjustments for obsolete test norms and northern origin of the
children were not necessary or appropriate, this 18-point difference is
very difficult for environmentalists to explain. If rearing environment
rather than race accounts for racial differences in IQ, why do these differences
remain even when the rearing environment is the same?
There is only one conclusion to be drawn from these results: being adopted
by white college graduates has no beneficial effect whatever on the intelligence
of black, white or inter-racial children at the age of 17. Since the results
show that the rearing environment has no effect on the IQs of adopted children,
the only conclusion to be drawn is that the factors responsible for these
different levels of IQ are genetic. Not only do they vindicate the conclusion
put forward by Dr. Jensen in 1969. They show that Dr. Jensen underestimated
the genetic contribution to the low black IQ. The study by Dr. Scarr and
Dr. Weinberg indicates that genetic factors are responsible for the entire
black IQ deficit, not for between two-thirds and three-quarters of it as
Dr. Jensen had suggested.
Curiously, in their paper Dr. Scarr and Dr. Weinberg state that their
results “demonstrate the strong effects of the rearing environment on IQ.”
Their results provide no evidence whatsoever for this statement. Apparently,
the wish was father to the thought.
Now that the genetic basis for the low level of black intelligence is
established it is important to start thinking about the social and political
implications of this problem. We have to face the fact that because intelligence
is an important determinant of educational and occupational achievement,
blacks are never going to achieve equality with whites. This can only mean
that the social problems and tensions arising from black underachievement
are going to continue into the indefinite future. These problems consist
of a substantial black underclass characterized by unemployment, welfare
dependency, crime and drug addiction.
this underclass will increase in size, partly through high fertility and
partly through immigration. The Census Bureau estimates that the black
population of the United States will increase by 25 percent over the next
Both sources of increase need to be addressed. The fertility of the
underclass needs to be reduced by the provision of family planning instruction
and services, and the removal of welfare incentives. Immigration needs
to be reduced to zero, as is now the case throughout Europe. The claims
of bogus political refugees should be scrutinized more rigorously and greater
numbers should be refused admission. Illegals need to be identified more
effectively and repatriated. None of these policies will be easy to implement,
but these are the issues which need to be opened up for public discussion.
Richard Lynn is professor of psychology at the University of Ulster,
Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
1. A.R. Jensen. How much can we boost IQ and scholastic achievement?
Educational Review, 39, 449-483.
2. R.A. Weinberg, S. Scarr & I.D. Waldman. The Minnesota transracial
adoption study: a follow up of IQ test performance at adolescence. Intelligence,
1992, 16, 117-135.
3. S. Scarr and R.A. Weinberg. IQ test performance of black children
adopted by white Americans. American Psychologist, 1976, 54, 260-267.
4. R. Lynn. The role of nutrition in the secular increase of intelligence.
and Individual Differences, 1990, 11, 273-286.
5. J. Day. Population Projections of the United States by Age, Sex,
Race and Hispanic Origin: 1992 - 2050. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of
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A Different View
Comments on Prof. Lynn’s
interpretation of the adoption study.
by Michael Levin
I would emphasize somewhat different aspects of
the Minnesota Transracial Adoption Study than does Prof. Lynn.
For one thing, it seems premature to assert with certainty that the
intelligence of the American populace has been rising at the rate of 3
IQ points per decade. The people who built America in the 19th century
could hardly have been mainly retardates. Perhaps intelligence has remained
constant and more recent IQ tests have measured it more accurately.
What matters is that the Scarr study is independent of changes in IQ
tests, since all the adopted children as well as the biological children
(birth children) of the white adoptive parents took the same IQ tests.
Environmentalism predicts that by late adolescence the IQs of the black
adopted children would approach those of the birth children, or at least
those of the white adopted children. This did not happen.
Even if the average IQ score of 89 for the black children raised in
a white environment (the score reported in the follow-up test) represents
a real gain over the national black average of 85, this gain is
much smaller than would have been expected if the race gap is wholly environmental
in origin. The crucial point is that the gap between the average IQs of
the black and white adopted children is as large as that between blacks
and whites in the general population. Though Prof. Lynn does not mention
the IQ scores of the birth children, the gap between their scores and those
of the black adopted children is even wider.
I think it is possible that being reared in a white environment may
have somewhat increased the IQ scores of adopted black children. A little-mentioned
factor of great importance in interpreting the Scarr study is the high
quality of the adoptive white environments. The typical father, for example,
had some education at the post-graduate level. In other words, although
the adoptive environments were unusually rich even by white standards,
the IQs of the black adopted children increased only a few points (if at
all), and remained far below the national white average. In a commentary
on the Scarr study scheduled to appear along with Prof. Lynn’s in the journal
I therefore estimate that the race gap in IQ would remain about 85 percent
of what it is now even if blacks were raised in the typical white environment.
a phenomenon called “gene/environment correlation” explains how a rich
environment can have some effect on black intelligence even if 100 percent
of the race difference in intelligence is ultimately due to genetic factors.
One of the ways genes produce high IQs is by producing high-quality environments,
which in turn stimulate the development of children raised in them. Smart
parents speak intelligently to their genetically smart children, which
makes their children even smarter. So it would not be surprising if the
high-quality environments in the Scarr study gave black children a few
extra points of IQ; the catch, for the environmentalist, is that these
environments themselves were created by white people in accordance with
their distinctive genetic endowments.
The second matter on which I would take a somewhat different tack from
Prof. Lynn is his “policy consequences.” Right now, the white majority
in the United States is wholly unprepared to take any steps adverse to
black interests, such as limiting immigration from black countries. What
is much more important at the moment is that whites understand the calumnious
charges constantly being hurled against them and be ready to assert their
innocence. The great moral of the Scarr study is that blacks really are
far less intelligent than whites, and they are so for genetic reasons that
whites had nothing to do with. When “white racism” is said to keep blacks
from succeeding in prestigious and remunerative professions, whites can
now reply, “Not guilty.” After they have become confident in this unaccustomed
reply, they can go on to think about repairing their country.
Michael Levin is professor of philosophy at the City College of New
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Railing at America
Why middle-class blacks
just as angry as the
reviewed by Thomas Jackson
The Rage of a Privileged Class
Harper Collins, 1993, 192 pp., $20.00
We have all heard about the “legitimate rage” of the underclass, which
is said to explain its savagery. Now, Ellis Cose, a black contributing
editor at Newsweek, explains that affluent blacks may be even more
angry and disaffected than ghetto-dwellers. As he writes in the book’s
opening passage, “Despite its very evident prosperity, much of America’s
black middle class is in excruciating pain.” What causes this pain?
No reward for the right guess: Racism denies even the most deserving blacks
the just fruits of their labors.
This book could have been a parody of an Al Sharpton speech, but it
is not. Mr. Cose probably tried very hard to be fair to whites. Nevertheless,
anyone whose views are circumscribed by liberalism and by doctrines of
inherent racial equality cannot avoid contradictions. This book is therefore
an excellent demonstration of the intellectual dead end to which a liberal/egalitarian
analysis of race invariably leads.
Mr. Cose has spent his career working with whites and knows very well
that most are not hostile to blacks. “I am not suggesting that most whites
are ‘racist,’ “ he concedes; “The majority emphatically are not – at least
not in any meaningful sense of the word.” As the reader wonders what it
might mean to be racist in a meaningless sense of the word, he is quickly
told that “people do not have to be racist – or have any malicious intent
– in order to make decisions that unfairly harm members of another race.”
In other words, most whites are not racist but they don’t have to be racist
in order to hurt blacks.
Mr. Cose does not explain this somewhat metaphysical insight, but the
examples he advances of the insults blacks suffer begin to fit a pattern.
For example, a white supervisor takes aside a talented black employee,
compliments him on his excellent work, and asks how the company might find
other able blacks. The black is insulted and upbraids his boss because
the question implies that it is difficult to find competent blacks.
Mr. Cose recognizes that the boss’s praise was sincere, but refuses
to acknowledge a genuine problem: Whites are under pressure to hire blacks
but few are qualified. To pretend that America is awash in overqualified,
unemployed blacks is an obligatory egalitarian exercise.
Mr. Cose is also shocked to find that whites and even Hispanics define
“good” or “safe” neighborhoods as ones with few blacks. There is probably
no better, single indicator of an area’s crime rate than the number of
blacks, but Mr. Cose insists that this is “stereotyping.” Stereotypes are
almost always true, but denying this is another obligatory exercise.
Crime is, in fact, something Mr. Cose fails to understand. Time after
time we hear of outraged middle-class blacks who are stopped by the police
or followed by store detectives simply because they are black. This is
no doubt disagreeable for them, but Mr. Cose seems to have no explanation
for this but “racism.” He quotes Prof. James Q. Wilson’s observation that
whites sometimes treat blacks differently because blacks are far more likely
to commit crimes, but he calls this “utter nonsense.”
Mr. Cose points out that men are much more likely than women to commit
crimes, and says that by Prof. Wilson’s logic, men should face the same
kind of discrimination as blacks – taking for granted that they do not.
On the contrary, they obviously do. People do not call the police when
they see a “suspicious woman” in their back yards, or cross the street
to avoid teen-age girls. When police go looking for unknown murderers,
they launch a manhunt, not a womanhunt. Is this discrimination? Yes, and
common sense, too, just as it is common sense to be more suspicious of
blacks than of whites.
Mr. Cose is dismayed to find that some black executives explain that
an important ingredient in their success has been that they stopped being
“black.” That Mr. Cose should think this a tragic sacrifice proves how
little he understands. Large companies have good reasons for requiring
a certain dress and demeanor and whites, too, must sacrifice to fit the
mold. Hippies, nudists, and communists all must leave important preferences
at home when they come to work, and big afros and a chip on the shoulder
are no more acceptable on the job than beads and long hair.
Moreover, what does it mean that blacks who cease to act “black” get
ahead in the corporation? It means that whites are not opposed to skin
color but to behavior. Of course, many blacks are incapable of ceasing
to act “black,” and companies should be under no greater obligation to
hire Afro-centrists or hip-hoppers than to hire cross-dressers.
On the other hand, some of the exclusions that blacks claim to suffer
are undoubtedly real. Whites who are willing to hire blacks may not want
them in their neighborhoods, clubs, schools or families. These are perfectly
normal feelings, though whites are always made to apologize for them. Mr.
Cose quotes one wise black man who observes, “You can’t make somebody love
In a genuinely free society no one could make an employer hire him or
a club admit him any more than he could make someone love him. Laws that
forcibly integrate schools, neighborhoods, and corporations are assaults
on liberty. To insist that people should likewise open their private lives
to all claimants is an assault on human nature.
It is no doubt unpleasant to be the only one in the executive suite
not invited to join the hunt club. To therefore say, as Mr. Cose does,
that black managers expend as much energy battling racism as on doing their
jobs is excuse-making. Of course, once he has conceded that American society
is not inveterately racist, his explanations for black failure cannot help
but sound like excuse-making.
Surprisingly, Mr. Cose actually considers the possibility of racial
differences in ability, but only to reject it and cast suspicion on the
motives of those who study the subject. In the end, Mr. Cose is reduced
to the meaningless phrases one always finds at the end of egalitarian arguments,
claiming, for example, that the source of black failure is “a special burden
born of ‘the experience of being black in America.’ ” Somehow, freedom
from this special burden has not helped Haitians or Africans build glorious
When it comes to policy, Mr. Cose has almost nothing to say. His basic
fair-mindedness has lead to so many concessions about white good will that
he is left with very little evil to extirpate. He concedes that blacks
see insults when none was intended and that “the source of their outrage
is generally . . . someone . . . who causes great pain while truly intending
no harm.” It is hard to wax indignant against racist America when
most whites are admittedly not racist and cause “great pain” without intending
Mr. Cose cannot bring himself to wonder whether under these circumstances
it is the “great pain,” not white society, that may be suspect. In the
end, he falls back on a reluctant endorsement of affirmative action, calling
it “riddled with the taint and reality of unfairness.”
“Most whites are not racist but
they don’t have to be racist in order to hurt blacks.”
It would be hard to think of better testimony to the bankruptcy of conventional
thinking about race than to concede that the policies it produces are unfair.
But it is in an approving quotation from Senator Bill Bradley that Mr.
Cose presents us with an almost perfect crystallization of the incoherence
that now reigns as dogma: “We’ve got to see diversity as our strength.
We’ve got to deal with the issue of race. You’ve got to be candid about
it.” For how much longer will our legislators preside over our decline
while they flatter themselves on their bold approach to race, on their
“candid” discussions that must always conclude that diversity is our strength?
In fact, Mr. Cose’s entire book can be read as mockery of the senator’s
remarks. The conventional view is that America’s race problem is one of
crime and poverty, and that once blacks are lifted into the middle class
race is no longer an issue. Mr. Cose’s point is that race is always
an issue, just as much for educated, well-paid blacks as for criminals
and ne’er-do-wells, and for whites as much as blacks. “Racial discord will
be with us for a long, long time,” he concludes. Indeed, it will – and
for precisely as long as we force different races to live side by side.
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P E C I A L R E P O R T
Gentlemen, Place Your Bets
Recent laws give Indians more unearned income.
by Marian Evans
For decades, American Indians have lived in greater
misery than any other group in the country. Only 43 percent graduate from
high school, 45 percent live in poverty, and 35 percent are unemployed.
On some reservations, more than 80 percent are unemployed. Indians have
the highest rates of alcoholism in the world, and 25 percent of Indian
boys are problem drinkers by age eighteen.
A large part
of the problem is that Indians were the first welfare recipients. The Bureau
of Indian Affairs spends about $1.4 billion every year on reservations
that are “sovereign nations” and do not pay taxes. In the last several
years, however, Indians have stumbled upon an even more lucrative form
of unearned income: gambling.
In 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires
all states to permit Indian reservations to engage in commercial versions
of all forms of gambling allowed in the state. This means that if, ordinarily,
only churches or schools are permitted to hold fund-raising “casino nights,”
Indian tribes can operate real, Las Vegas-style gambling palaces.
Since the tribes do not know how to run the operations, they hire professional
gambling companies like Harrah’s and Mirage Resorts to do the work. In
many cases, they have no competitors within the state or even the region,
and palefaces from the surrounding area are eager customers.
Twenty-one states now have legal, reservation gambling, and the annual
take is about $15 billion a year, or three times as much money as the country
spent in movie theaters. Although this is still only a small part of the
$300 billion Americans bet legally in 1992, Indian gambling is growing
at a rate of about $1 billion a year. Since profits on reservation casinos
are not taxed, tribal gambling is immensely profitable. In states
like New Jersey and Nevada, which have well-established commercial gambling,
Indians can lure customers by offering better payouts.
Minnesota, with 17 Indian casinos, is now the third largest gambling
state in the country, after Nevada and New Jersey. Indian gaming employs
10,000 people and is the seventh largest employer in the state. The small
Mystic Lake reservation of the Shakopee Medwakantons has a 135,000 square-foot
casino that is larger than anything in the Donald Trump empire. Since the
casino opened in 1992, the reservation has bought land and more than doubled
its size to 600 acres. Millions of dollars have gone into new roads, water
and sewer systems, and a tribal courthouse. A $7 million recreation center
is under construction, and a tribal credit union is expected soon.
Tribe members who live on the reservation are considered shareholders
in the casino and get more than $4,000 a month each. Long lost Medwakantons
are moving back to the reservation for a cut of the swag. Dividend income
is a big change for a reservation whose previous major industries were
incinerating discarded tires and salvaging copper from utility wires.
The per capita profits have not been so great for more populous tribes,
but gambling is still a windfall. The Sycuan tribe of southern California
took in $80 million in 1992 from gambling and bought medical and life insurance
for all its members. At the Turtle Lake, Wisconsin reservation of the St.
Croix Chippewa, gambling has paid off the tribe’s debt, built roads and
homes, and now funds quarterly payments of $1,300 per tribe member.
The switch from incinerating tires to operating casinos has not always
been smooth. In 1991, a fierce dispute erupted among the Wisconsin Winnebago
over tribal debt and gambling revenues. For several months, the Winnebago
even had a rival tribal government-in-exile, and the feud culminated in
several killings at a casino and an attempt to burn it down. Gambling is
now back on track, though a score of high Winnebago officials were recently
accused of accepting bribes from casino operators.
The Indian gambling boom could end as quickly as it began. Donald Trump’s
company is suing in federal court to have the Indian gaming law declared
unconstitutional. The National Governors’ Association has woken up to the
fact that the law forces states, even against their wills, to permit casino
gambling within their borders. The association now urges that the law be
At the heart of the problem, of course, is our nation’s deep confusion
over its racial, cultural, and national identity. Any government that thinks
a 600-acre pocket of Indians is a “sovereign nation,” is scarcely fit to
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O Tempora, O Mores!
Several years ago, an employee of the city of San Francisco dumped an
old concrete traffic barrier in a secluded part of Golden Gate Park. The
barrier was a four-foot tall cylinder with a rounded top, and its phallic
shape and sylvan setting convinced some loonies that this was a sacred
manifestation of the Hindu god, Shiva. The traffic barrier soon became
a shrine, attracting pilgrims
from as far away as India. It also attracted crazies and bums who threatened
the worshipers and stole the coins they left as offerings.
The city’s Recreation and Park Commission was not pleased to find itself
the proprietor of a religious shrine, and decided to get rid of the “Shiva
Linga.” This infuriated the loonies, who launched a federal law suit to
keep the site undisturbed. A compromise was reached when the city offered
the traffic barrier to what news reports call a New Age Hindu, named Kali
Das. Mr. Das now displays the sacred block of concrete in his studio, where
it is available for veneration. Meanwhile, the bums and crazies have erected
an imitation Shiva Linga on the old site in the hope that the faithful
will continue to leave offerings. [Philip Matier and Andrew Ross, New Age
Shrine Moved from Park, SF Chron, 1/21/94, p. A17.]
Khalid Abdul Muhammad is the spokesman for the Nation of Islam who has
recently been in the news because of his virulent anti-white outburst at
a New Jersey college (see Letters, Feb. 1994). He has been honored
with a unanimous vote of condemnation by the U.S. Senate, and was even
rebuked by his boss, Louis Farrakhan, who approved of his message but not
of his choice of words.
It is surprising – and gratifying – that Mr. Muhammad’s views received
some publicity. The Nation of Islam has been preaching white extermination
for years. Extermination is a logical policy for a religion based on the
view that whites are devils, created in a laboratory by a mad black scientist
named Yacub. This little experiment is said to have taken place 6,000 years
ago on the Isle of Patmos, of all places.
Although he is now technically on suspension from his post as “Minister
of Defense,” Mr. Muhammed is one of the Nation’s most popular speakers.
Many young people call him “the new Malcolm X,” and he schedules speaking
engagements so that he can fit two or three into a single day. He was paid
$2,650 for the speech that made him famous.
Mr. Muhammad claims to have a PhD from Dillard University and to have
taught African studies at California State University at Long Beach. Dillard
says Mr. Muhammad attended classes but never got a degree; California State
has never heard of him. His followers refer to him as Dr. Muhammad.
Mr. Muhammad, whose real name is Harold Moore Vann, was convicted of
fraud in 1987. He spent three months in a Georgia prison and was on parole
for two years. [Jeremy Milk, Inspiration or Hate-Monger? Chronicle of
Higher Education, Jan. 19, 1994, p. A33.]
is the 36-year-old director of a London school for children under the age
of eleven. Recently, she refused an offer of cut-price tickets for her
students to see the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” at Covent Garden. She explained
that the story is too heterosexual, and that until books, movies, and the
theater reflect the full range of sexuality, she did not wish to promote
traditional love stories. Miss Brown has been rebuked by the chief of education
for the district of Hackney, and has apologized.
Ivory Coast, like most of black Africa, is a prolific breeding ground
for AIDS. Some 12 to 20 percent of the population is thought to be infected
with the virus, and an American doctor was so concerned about the health
menace that he closed his private practice in Atlanta and opened a clinic
in Ivory Coast. With funding from the Church of Christ, Dr. Mark Ottenweller
concentrates on telling Africans how to avoid AIDS. He uses video tapes,
charts and pamphlets, and sponsors intensive group counselling. He is disappointed
that all this has so little effect. Even after months of counselling sessions,
many of his clients still do not understand how AIDS is spread. “Within
the next seven years, [Ivory Coast] is going to become a mass graveyard
of AIDS patients,” says Dr. Ottenweller. [Amba Dadson, African choose to
ignore advice on fighting AIDS, (Associated Press) 12-2-93, no paper
Canadians may be even more determined than Americans to destroy their
society. Taxpayers are required to pay for the legal fees of criminal aliens
who apply for refugee status. A recent case is that of Suchart Areepham
from Thailand, who was caught in 1990 trying to smuggle in $100 million
worth of heroin. Although he was sentenced to 15 years in jail, Mr. Areepham
is now out on parole after claiming refugee status from his jail cell.
He is entitled to welfare while he waits for a hearing, and immigration
officials estimate that his legal expenses will cost Canadians about $25,000.
Another seeker of refuge, this one from Nigeria, has been caught renting
out his subsidized apartment at market rates. Joseph Obazee was paying
the refugee rate of $120 a month to the Toronto Housing Authority, while
collecting $600 a month from tenants. Mr. Obazee has also been found to
be applying for credit cards under a variety of different names.
Another aspiring refugee, Ouebigue Tagui from Chad, was recently denied
a government loan by a female lending officer. He promptly walked into
the Montreal subway and pushed the first woman he could find onto the tracks
in front of a train. Mr. Tagui has been charged with first-degree murder.
Canadian women’s groups have been silent about the case.
The Canadian government recently took a secret poll on immigration,
but the results were leaked. The poll found that “attitudes to immigration
levels appear to be hardening, with significantly more Canadians feeling
there are too many immigrants coming to Canada.” This deeply upsets the
government, which worries that “Canadians seriously underestimate the number
of immigrants arriving annually. It is unclear how their attitudes to immigration
would change if knowledge of the number of immigrants were more accurate.”
[Canadian Immigration Hotline, Jan. 1994, No. 52.]
On the contrary, it is perfectly clear how their attitudes would change.
The government keeps quiet about the figures (about 220,000 a year) as
it promotes a policy directly opposed to the interests of the dwindling
According to a recent poll, 86 percent of Californians think that illegal
immigration is a problem and they want less of it. More than half want
less legal immigration, too. When they were asked to name immigration’s
greatest benefit to America, 43 percent of respondents couldn’t think of
anything. Seventeen percent said “cheap labor” and an equal number said
[Dianne Klein, Majority in state are fed up with illegal immigration,
Times, 9/19/93, p. A1.]
David Dinkins, former mayor of New York City, has taken some souvenirs
with him. In his last three weeks in office, Mr. Dinkins’ spokesmen repeatedly
rebuffed requests for a list of gifts and other equipment that are ostensibly
given to the mayor but belong to the city. When Rudolph Giuliani, the new
mayor, moved into the office, it was bare – Mr. Dinkins even took expensive
gifts inscribed to his predecessor, Edward Koch.
Early in his term,
Mr. Dinkins was criticized for having the city carve a $11,400 headboard
for his bed at the mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion. Last December, the
Gracie Mansion curator informed him that the headbord belongs to the city
and was to stay at the mansion. Ever a credit to his race, Mr. Dinkins
took that with him, too, after paying the city $1,400 for the cost of the
wood. [Dan Janison, Dave’s team packs it in – including Ed’s tiffany bowl,
Post, Jan. 3, 1994, p. 4.] This sort of thievery appears not to bother
Columbia University, which has offered the former mayor a professorship.
New Form of Female Sterilization
Widespread testing overseas has demonstrated the effectiveness of a
new, non-surgical form of female sterilization. The method involves the
insertion of a drug called quinacrine through the cervix into the uterus.
Quinacrine briefly irritates the skin and prompts the formation of harmless
scar tissue that blocks the openings of the Fallopian tubes into the uterus.
This prevents eggs from being released and fertilized.
Quinacrine, which has been used since before the Second World War as
an anti-malarial drug, is injected with a modified inserter for intrauterine
devices, and must be introduced in two doses, one month apart. The procedure
is about one-thirtieth as expensive as surgical sterilization and causes
only one-fiftieth as many complications.
Carefully supervised clinical trials of the new procedure are under
way in eleven countries, including Chile, Iran, Pakistan, and Venezuela.
So far, 80,000 women have been sterilized by using quinacrine. Since the
drug already has FDA approval, it would be legal to use it for sterilization
in the United States. [Center for Research on Population and Security,
Box 13067, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, Press release titled “Major
advance in non-surgical sterilization,” (no date). Also The Lancet,
July 24, 1993, p. 188, “Family planning in Vietnam.”]
Last December, at about 3:00 a.m., two black Washington, DC police officers
stopped a 39-year-old white woman on suspicion of drunken driving. They
then made her sit on the ground in near-freezing weather with her hands
cuffed to the leg of mailbox. She sat like this for nearly twenty minutes
screaming for help, while the officers talked and laughed.
A photographer for the Washington Post happened to be driving
by and found the situation odd. He started taking pictures and the officers
wrenched the camera from him. When police supervisors arrived, they returned
the camera and freed the woman, who was later found to have drunk more
than the legal limit. The arresting officers are being investigated for
violating rules that prohibit handcuffing suspects to inanimate objects
and that require them to cooperate with the press. [Serge Kovaleski, D.C.
Police Handcuff Motorist to Mailbox," Wash Post,
Dec. 19, 1993, p. 1.]
The Rest of the Story
Paul Harvey, a nationally syndicated radio commentator, had a dangerous
brush with the truth in his broadcast of Dec. 27, 1993. “Are backward people
backward because they’re backward people?” he asked. He went on to deny
that social deprivation is the cause and called the dangerous decay that
has set in in our cities “a grim, irreversible malignancy.” Mr. Harvey
concluded with a question: “If backward people are backward because they’re
backward people, is the condition correctable, reversible?”
[Broadcast of Dec. 27, 1993, KAFFFM.]
Nairobi, Kenya is going through a lynching boom. In 1992, 431 suspected
thieves were summarily murdered by screaming crowds, and by last October,
the figure for 1993 was 354. What most strikes foreign observers is the
eagerness with which people from all walks of life – ladies in high heels,
men in business suits, bums in rags – participate in rough justice. When
the cry of “Thief!” rings out, virtually everyone in earshot runs after
the suspect. Most thieves are beaten to death, but some are burned. No
one keeps track of lynchings in the country as a whole, but in Nairobi
the number has risen eight-fold in less than a decade.
[AP, Lynchings increase in Kenya as daily life becomes struggle, Birmingham
News, Oct. 14, 1993.]
Red Carpet for Blacks
Vidor, Texas, had a brief moment of press attention last year, when
an attempt to integrate its all-white federal public housing project failed.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a few blacks to live
in the 74-unit project, but white residents made life uncomfortable for
them. The last black to leave, William Simpson, was shot dead by a black
robber less than 24 hours after he left the all-white project.
Under Henry Cisneros, HUD is determined to integrate the Vidor complex.
This time, at least 15 black families will be moved in at once and there
will be extra security to protect them from harassment. The department
has also decided on a huge, $1.8 million upgrade, or the equivalent of
$24,000 per unit. Besides a top-to-bottom face lift, the project will get
central heat and air conditioning, a new recreation center, laundry rooms,
and a leased van to carry residents around town. A local university and
the Vidor school system have promised to host programs to help residents
finish high school. Long-term residents shake their heads in wonder at
the efforts the government is making to make the place comfortable for
its new residents. [Richard Stewart, Vidor prepares for new wave of desegregation,
Chronicle, Jan. 2, 1994, p. 1D.]
Getting a Grip on Tenure
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education is currently exploring
the idea that the tenure system may have to be abolished because it is
an obstacle to giving professorships to blacks. In a letter to academics,
the magazine’s managing editor, Robert Slater, argues that because “underperforming
senior scholars can’t be dismissed or retired,” the tenure system may be
keeping blacks out of jobs. He also argues that scarce academic resources
may be going to “traditional, and perhaps unneeded, courses” being taught
by senior faculty, which should be done away with to make room for black
studies. [Letter dated Jan. 15, 1994 from Robert Bruce Slater]
Swayed by Peppermint
Joycelyn Elders is the first black woman to be Surgeon General of the
United States. Her recent call for the legalization of drugs was given
an ironic back drop when her 28-year-old son was arrested for selling cocaine
a few weeks later.
A recent New York Times profile of the Surgeon General brought
to light a little-known fact. She was originally named Minnie Lee Jones
(Elders is her married name), but decided to change her name at about age
fifteen. She saw the name Joycelyn on a peppermint-candy wrapper and thenceforth
became M. Joycelyn Jones. “It was the best peppermint candy in the world,”
she explains. [Isabel Wilkerson, The surgeon general has people thinking,
12/31/93, p. A1.]
County Needs Green
In a most unusual move, the IRS has put a tax lien on Greene County,
Alabama. For several quarters running, the county failed to pay federal
withholding and social security taxes on its employees’ salaries. County
employees have started receiving reduced paychecks in an attempt to pay
off the debt. Greene County is 85 percent black and gets most of its revenues
from a greyhound race track. [AP, IRS puts tax lien on Greene County, Birmingham
People who rent Hertz automobiles in Florida get a list of safety tips,
including the following:
“If you become lost, do not pull over to the side of the road
to read a map or directions.”
pamphlet, written in French, German, English, Spanish, and Japanese, omits
the most important safety measure of all, especially for foreign tourists:
Stay away from non-whites.
“Avoid traveling in curbside lanes whenever possible.”
“Do not idle your car in neutral. You may need to accelerate quickly
should someone approach you.”
“As you approach your car, check inside and beneath your car to make
certain no one has hidden in or near your vehicle.”
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the accrediting
body for all universities in California, Hawaii, and Guam. It is relentlessly
“multicultural” and puts great pressure on schools to hire and admit non-whites.
When a school is up for reaccreditation, WASC drums up minority grievances
and demands that they be redressed.
Aquinas College in Santa Paula is a small, private Catholic college
that teaches the Great Books. It does not categorize students or faculty
by race for any purpose and refused to produce non-whites for WASC to interview.
This tactic worked and Aquinas was reaccredited. The school is now leading
the fight against “diversity” standards for accreditation. [The Diversity
Standard, WSJ, 12/29/93, p. A8.]
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Sir – The reply to Mr. Meldahl in the Dec. and Jan. issues is
the best, most calmly reasoned statement of the correct moral view of our
situation I have ever read. I have trouble remain-ing so dispassionate
on the subject of our dispossession. Too many whites seem to be intent
on committing suicide – something I still do not fully understand.
While I would be perfectly willing to send everyone who came here after
1965 back where he came from, using whatever means necessary, realistically
that is not going to happen. The sheep are too mesmerized by the false
prophets of egalitarianism to save themselves. Unfortunately, they will
drag us down with them.
Partition into ethnostates is the only relatively peaceful solution
I see, although that, too, is rather unlikely at this point. So far,
I’ve seen the next step written about by only three people who have voices
in the national media: Walter Willaims, Samuel Francis, and now Llewellyn
Rockwell. That step, of course, is secession.
Michael Masters, Fredericksburg, Va.
Sir – Your reply to Mr. Meldahl was excellent as far as it went. However,
you did not state a fact that I believe is paramount: that American liberalism,
like Marxism, is more a religion than a political philosophy. Pointing
out scientific evidence of racial differences makes no impression on these
Part of their religion is the belief that whites should give way to
people of other races. Therefore, the unfairness of discrimination against
whites is of no importance. Finally, some white liberals take a perverse
enjoyment in the degradation of their own people. I have noticed this especially
in some men of the cloth, who derive great pleasure from prostrating themselves
before non-white icons.
Rick Maio, Kincaid, 111.
Sir – Although I came to the conclusion reluctantly, the reality of
what is happening in our besieged nation leads me to realize that you are
a voice ahead of its time in the area of race and
rights – rights for all, that is, and not just for some. I say reluctantly
because, while I thoroughly abhor all the “smelly little orthodoxies” of
the left, I find equally despicable the hysterical tunnel vision of the
opposite camp – the Metzgers, the Rockwells, the KKK, etc.
The one overarching impression that keeps coming through to me about
our country is that it is not, any longer, simple equality that the kingpin
black “leaders” and their many followers are demanding. It is not even
the absurd notion of “reparations.” No, the obvious motivating force for
this cohort of blacks – and to a large extent, Hispanics as well – is revenge,
pure and simple.
O.M. Ostlund, Jr., State College, Penn.
Sir – Thank you for American Renaissance. Leave a few issues
in a time capsule somewhere so future earthlings will know what happened.
Fred Kopp, Malibu, Cal.
Sir – Your February review of Patricia Turner’s book about the myths
that circulate among blacks was fascinating. However, your choice of illustration
was too clever by half. “Old Klavern Whiskey,” indeed. The fine print on
the label even says that “Old Klavern” is distilled in Jefferson County,
Kentucky. Louisville, I note, is in Jefferson County. Are you trying to
feed black delusions? We all enjoy a good joke, but your whiskey bottle
was a bad one.
Tom Cowles, St. Louis, Mo.
Sir – With regard to Patricia Turner’s book, it may well be that racially
integrated public education is one of the key sources of black paranoia.
In the school system in which I work, 35 percent of the children are black.
It is not unusual to find 11-year-old black children who have never sat
in a classroom in which even one of the top performers was black. Since
racial equality is explicitly professed as an established fact of life,
it is not strange that black children should sense some undefined “something”
that must be working against them.
Sir – I was pleased to see Mr. Auster’s analysis of Colin Ferguson’s
anti-white rampage on the Long Island Rail Road. The only other commentator
I know who drew some of the same conclusions is the black radio host you
mentioned in the February issue, Ken Hamblin. He describes the massacre
as a logical consequence of constantly demonizing whites.
The New York Times recently interviewed Mr. Hamblin. Here are
some interesting quotations:
“I want to know why black people can’t pass a civil service
examination. The excuse is that it’s culturally biased. Well, I’d like
to know what could possibly be culturally biased on a test for firefighter.”
Sam McCloud, Memphis, Tenn.
“Let’s get serious. White people don’t have time to sit around trying
to figure out ways to hurt black people. They’re too busy trying to pay
the bills, raise their families, straighen the kids’ teeth . . . .”
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