AR Conference is
he second American Renaissance conference has been a resounding success.
Hysterical media reactions and occasional "civil rights" demonstrations
were only a tonic to the 165 people who gathered from all around the country
and even from as far away as Germany and Canada.
The conference proceeded without mishap or interruption in Louisville's
most elegant downtown hotel, The Seelbach. Despite tremendous pressure
from liberals, the hotel management stood by its contract with AR, and
made every possible effort to ensure a smooth and successful meeting.
After registration on Saturday afternoon, Jared Taylor, editor
of AR, welcomed the conferees. He described the media storm that had built
up over the past six weeks, and recounted some of the unsuccessful efforts
to shut the meeting down. Mr. Taylor warned that there were sure to be
demonstrators but expressed confidence in the Seelbach's security measures.
He then introduced George McDaniel, editor of the AR web page, who
explained how effective the page has been in spreading the word about AR.
The group then enjoyed a very convivial reception, where merry-making and
fellowship continued well into the evening.
The first anti-conference demonstration took place during the reception.
Some 35 or 40 people, mostly white, gathered on the sidewalk in front of
the hotel to chant slogans, wave signs, and give speeches. The demonstrators
had called out the local television stations, so several conference speakers
joined them in front of the hotel to go on camera and add a note of sanity
to the evening news broadcasts. The demonstrators were an excitable lot.
One, catching sight of Jared Taylor, shouted into a bullhorn that "racists
should be torn limb from limb."
The conference began in earnest the next morning. The first speaker,
Michael Levin of City College of New York, spoke about current fallacies
regarding race. One of the most popular is the currently fashionable but
groundless view that there is no such thing as race. Another is the silly
notion that because heredity and environment both influence human behavior,
it is impossible to separate the effects of one from the other.
speakers went on camera to add a note of sanity to the evening news broadcasts.
Prof. Levin also addressed what is called the Flynn effect, or the view
that the average IQs of all people in Western countries have been steadily
rising over the past several decades, due to some unknown environmental
effect. This phenomenon, if true, is often used to justify the expectation
that environment could be used to raise the IQs of blacks to the level
of whites. As Prof. Levin pointed out, even if the Flynn effect is real,
the gap between black and white IQs has remained unchanged. This suggests
that if anyone were to uncover the cause of the Flynn effect, whites would
have to be deliberately deprived of its benefits if racial equalization
were to be achieved.
Prof. Levin praised The Bell Curve but said that its authors
had taken the unfortunate position that since the race/IQ gap has shown
itself to be so difficult to close, it makes no difference whether it is
caused by heredity or environment. He pointed out that it is vital that
performance gaps be recognized as largely due to heredity, because any
environmental explanation will be used by blacks to support demands for
compensation. "Application of guilt to whites," he concluded, "is the engine
that keeps everything going."
Prof. Levin was followed by Wayne Lutton, Associate Editor of
Social Contract, who spoke about the effects of large-scale third-world
immigration. He noted that polling data show that increased awareness of
immigration produces increased opposition to it, and that people whose
own areas receive many immigrants are the most opposed. Many blacks, he
explained, are moving back to the South, away from those parts of the country
that are being transformed by immigrants. Because research consistently
shows that large majorities of Americans oppose further immigration, Congress'
unwillingness to reduce immigration levels is one of the greatest failures
of a presumably representative government.
Dr. Lutton also spoke forcefully about the local impact of third-world
arrivals. Witchcraft of various kinds, along with its attendant barbarous
customs, is now common in certain parts of the country. Likewise, in jurisdictions
with large numbers of immigrants, courts are beginning to recognize "cultural
defenses" to excuse actions that are crimes in the United States but may
be common practice elsewhere. Noting that rarely has a Clinton appointee
spoken so truthfully, he quoted INS commissioner Doris Meissner: "We are
Likewise ominous is the trend toward international agreements to ensure
"immigrant rights." It is only white nations that are receiving immigrants
in large numbers, and they are beginning to bind themselves under international
law in ways that are a direct threat to sovereignty. Dr. Lutton warned
of potential treaty agreements that could actually take away from Congress
the power to regulate immigration and put it in the hands of international
Dr. Lutton was followed by Fr. James Thornton, a priest under
the jurisdiction of the True Orthodox Church of Greece. Speaking on "A
Christian Perspective on the American Dilemma," Fr. Thornton reminded the
audience that Christianity has long been at the heart of European civilization
and has inspired many of its most glorious cultural achievements. He denounced
what he described as the central elements of modernism: godlessness, which
leads to materialism; materialism, which makes money-making the highest
objective; and the destruction of hierarchies and local particularisms
because they are obstacles to efficient money-making. In his critique of
modernism, he explained that in the 19th century Jakob Burckhardt had already
spoken out against the "arrogant belief in the moral superiority of the
Despite the current association of Christianity with liberalism and
relentless egalitarianism, Fr. Thornton cited many historical examples
to show that this is a departure from original Christian teaching. He explained
that although men are equal before God, "traditional Christianity is clearly
not rooted in a tradition of earthly egalitarianism." He concluded with
a stirring call for a return to the spiritual wellsprings of Western Civilization
and for the reestablishment of a moral authority and social order based
After lunch, Jared Taylor expanded on ideas outlined in the June
issue of AR. He noted that whites are not willing to live in areas that
have non-white majorities, yet are pursuing policies that will soon give
the entire United States a non-white majority. He pointed out that racial
diversity is a terrible weakness, not a strength, and that it is unprecedented
for a majority race or cultural group voluntarily to give up its own nation.
In seeking to uncover the reasons for this tragic capitulation, Mr.
Taylor noted some of the characteristics that make Western Civilization
unique: rule of law, democracy, free speech, respect for women's rights,
and even concern for the environment. They are all based on a deeply rooted
conviction that all people – even generations not yet born – have rights
that must be respected. Mr. Taylor went on to speculate that it is a perversion
of this characteristic concern for others that has paralyzed whites in
the face of explicitly racial demands issued by others.
In conclusion, he noted that some of America's greatest men – Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, John Marshall, Abraham Lincoln,
and many others – were convinced that a multi-racial society of the kind
we are building could not succeed. He warned that we must reject the suicidal
fad of multi-racialism and return to the wisdom of our forebears.
The next speaker was syndicated columnist, Samuel Francis, who
was greeted with a sustained ovation. He began with an account of the vicious
treatment by the establishment of people who dare to question current racial
dogma. He described in detail the vilification, attacks on professional
integrity, legal battles, and even physical intimidation that have followed
Philippe Rushton's and Michael Levin's courageous battles against orthodoxy.
He pointed out that the opposition never attempts to refute a dissenter's
views, but instead tries to muzzle him and destroy him professionally.
Dr. Francis noted that in the past, elites have tended to be conservative,
because it was in their interests to preserve the social order that kept
them in power. He suggested that today's elites have a vested interest
in "liberalism" and constant change, because social intervention and the
enormous government and media apparatus that goes along with it are their
primary power base. He concluded with a warning that unless those who believe
in our race and civilization are willing to take risks – risks as great
as those taken by civil rights workers in the 1960s and even by homosexual
activists today – we cannot hope to advance our interests.
Gordon Baum of the Council of Conservative Citizens then gave
a brief account of his organization's activities. The C of CC is no doubt
the most effective group working today for the interests of the majority.
Mr. Baum was followed by Frank Borzellieri, who had just stood the city
of New York on its ear by winning re-election to the school board on an
explicitly Euro-centric ticket. His may have been the greatest margin of
victory in the entire history of New York school board elections, proving
that voters can withstand hysterical press denunciations and will, when
given the chance, vote for Western Civilization. Mr. Borzellieri noted
that if victory is possible in the very belly of the multi-cultural beast,
it is possible anywhere.
The first evening event was a patriotic sing-along hosted by Sam
G. Dickson of Atlanta. With piano accompaniment, and with vocal cords
well lubricated with drink, conferees sang their way through such favorites
as "The British Grenadiers," "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," "The Orange
Sash," "Rule Britannia," and "Land of Hope and Glory." The most rousing
renditions were of the Confederate favorites, "Dixie," "The Bonnie Blue
Flag," and "Maryland, My Maryland." The group also sang a number of ancient
European national anthems, including "God Save Kaiser Francis" and "God
Save the Tsar," neither of which, Mr. Dickson observed, had probably ever
before been sung in Louisville. Cheered and refreshed, the group proceeded
to an excellent banquet dinner.
The after-dinner speaker was Philippe Rushton of the University
of Western Ontario, who began his talk with a display of some of the editorial
cartoons the Canadian press has published in attempts to lampoon his views.
In retrospect, and to a sympathetic audience, these mean-spirited attacks
seemed quite hilarious. Prof. Rushton noted that when The Bell Curve
was published, he benefited from Canadian nationalism, in that even when
columnists deplored genetic explanations for the race gap in IQ, they could
not help but be proud that a Canadian had been well ahead of Charles Murray
and Richard Herrnstein on this question.
Prof. Rushton then went on to give a clear, comprehensive, and convincing
survey of racial differences. He explained that the races differ not only
in intelligence, but in physiology, behavior, and even personality, and
that these differences are found consistently all around the world. He
said that at one time he assumed the IQ question would be what finally
opened the subject of racial differences to general discussion, but that
he has now changed his mind. AIDS is spreading so rapidly among blacks,
and the expense of treatment is so high that the terrible cost of public
health for blacks will be the issue that finally makes race impossible
Prof. Rushton spoke
for nearly two hours, hold- ing his audience spellbound and showing a com-
plete mastery of his field.
Including the question-and-answer period, Prof. Rushton spoke for nearly
two hours, holding his audience spellbound and showing complete mastery
of his field.
The first speaker on Monday morning was the only disappointment. In
order to fill a last-minute gap in the program, Jared Taylor had asked
a prominent local liberal to listen to the first day's speakers and then
report on where he thought they were mistaken. John Yarmuth, editor
of the Louisville Eccentric Observer, described the conferees and
speakers as frustrated people incapable of accepting change. He said that
it was diversity that has made the United States a great nation, and that
despite accusations of hypocrisy from some of the speakers, many liberals
lead racially integrated social lives.
He dismissed IQ testing as an arbitrary, irrelevant measure. "He who
makes the rules, rules," he explained, saying that one could set up an
equally arbitrary standard of superiority and inferiority by using golf
handicaps. People with low handicaps usually live in nice neighborhoods,
have intact families, and high incomes; why not argue that all of this
is a result of their superior golf game? In a speech that was occasionally
insulting, he did make one excellent point: That just as racialists object
when people claim they are motivated by hate, so should they refrain from
mischaracterizing the motives of liberals, who often hold their views sincerely.
Mr. Yarmuth was followed by Michael Hart, who spoke about racial
partition of the United States. He began by pointing out the myriad ways
in which the races are incompatible. Prof. Hart proposed a three-way partition,
with a black-separatist nation, a white-separatist nation, and a multi-racial,
integrated nation. He argued that it would be best to provide for a multi-racial
nation because whites and blacks who believe in integration would not want
to live with separatists. He said that the size of each separatist nation
would be determined by the number of people who committed themselves to
living in them. The new nations would be located so as to oblige as few
people as possible to move. People who did move would have several years
to do so, and government would compensate them for the property they left
Prof. Hart noted that sufficient sentiment for partition is not likely
to develop for several more decades, and that for the present his plan
might appear fanciful. He warned, however, that peaceful, voluntary separation
is the only certain way to avoid the possibility of uncontrolled, violent
The final speaker on the program was Sam G. Dickson. He heaped
scorn on liberals, who never seem to notice that their social experiments
always fail. He noted the blindness of those who believe that in all of
Creation only the human brain is somehow exempt from the laws of genetics.
He echoed Michael Levin's view that guilt for imaginary sins is what demoralizes
so many whites. He did, however, point out that whites do have one
thing for which they should feel guilty – the invention of liberalism!
Mr. Dickson said that America has three possible futures. The first,
which is only a pipe dream, would be a return to the innocent 1950s. The
two more realistic possibilities are continued dysgenic decline into ever-greater
degeneracy or ascent into a shining world of genetic and cultural progress.
"The people who can set our nation on the right course are sitting in this
room today," he said, adding that the fate of our struggle lies in our
hands and in our hands alone. Mr. Dickson's eloquence was a fitting conclusion
to an inspiring program.
The final demonstration against AR took place just as the conference
was breaking up. A group of about the same number as before performed its
evolutions in front of the hotel, as conferees looked on in amusement.
The contrast between the high demeanor of the AR group and the scruffy
vulgarity of the demonstrators could not have been greater.
The conferees then set off for their homes, inspired by the program,
cheered by the camaraderie, and resolved to work harder than ever for a
cause they know to be as crucially important as it is just and true.
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Local Papers Go Nuts
here has been much shrieking
in the Louisville papers about the AR conference, some of it hilarious.
Here is one of the more lurid passages from the Louisville "alternative"
"Enter Jared Taylor
– square-jawed, ruggedly handsome Aryan. I'd never met him in the flesh
before and was instantly disarmed by his smile when he sat beside me and
said, 'So, what do you think of what the speaker had to say?'
'Fascinating,' I replied
honestly. 'I've taken good, honest notes for my article.'
Jared asked, 'When will The
[Louisville] Courier ever report the truth about all this?'
As an answer I ventured:
'When it's too late?'
'The swine,' Taylor almost
spat out, referring to Louisville's declining daily.
'The Schvindhund!' I corrected.
Our blues locked and we had
a little male Aryan bonding on the spot. For all I knew, we had belonged
to the Waffen SS together, fighting on the Russian Front."
For photocopies of
press coverage – there are more than 20 pages, most of it much less entertaining
than this – please send $4.00 and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
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will be ready soon and tapes of the 1994 conference are still available.
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in any selection, from either or both conferences are $60.00. All tapes
include question and answer sessions, and all prices include postage.
Prof. Philipe Rushton
Dr. Samuel Francis
Dr. Wayne Lutton
Fr. James Thornton
Prof. Michael Hart
Prof. Michael Levin
Sam G. Dickson
Fr. Ronald Tacelli
Rabbi Mayer Schiller
Sam G. Dickson
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Whys and Wherefores of
Latest research findings
reviewed by Thomas Jackson
t was the great British psychologist, Charles Spearman (1863 - 1945), who
first proposed the concept of g, or general intelligence. He saw
that intelligence manifests itself in many ways but believed that there
was a unitary, underlying ability that accounted for these manifestations.
Spearman knew that physicists used the symbol G for the gravitational constant,
and since he was searching for a "physics of the soul" he chose g
as the symbol for general intelligence.
The g Factor
John Wiley & Sons
1996, 253 pp.
The existence of g is still a hotly-debated topic in psychology,
but Christopher Brand has assembled some of the best evidence yet to show
that it is real, can be measured, and is one of the most important determinants
of success in life. His book, The g Factor, is not always easy to
understand, but it is stuffed with information about the latest findings
in intelligence testing.
Unfortunately, the book was abandoned by its publisher immediately after
the first reviews, and can now be had only by photocopy (see accompanying
story). Another publisher may take on the book, but even if it never reappears
many of its ideas are well worth summarizing.
What is g?
Part of the reluctance to accept the concept of g is that, strictly
speaking, it is a statistical artifact. Its existence cannot be proven,
but it is strongly inferred from different kinds of intelligence testing.
A person who does
well on one kind of intelligence test usually does well on other kinds,
but different tests yield different scores. The first figure on the next
page is a hypothetical representation of the results of six different intelligence
tests. Although the figure is in two dimensions, it should be imagined
to be in three dimensions, with each line angling out from the common center
the way the ribs of a half-open umbrella (with the handle removed) angle
out from the center. The longer the line, the higher the score on the test.
The lines all point
in somewhat the same direction (to the right, and not to the left) so can
all be understood to be indicating a common underlying tendency. By a statistical
procedure known as factor analysis, it is possible to calculate what that
common tendency is, and to derive a line that is the equivalent of the
handle, or central member of the umbrella (see second figure). A test that
gave results along that very line would be a true test of the common factor,
g, which all the other tests are thought to be measuring in some imperfect
In real life, intelligence tests that produce scores that are as close
as possible to the common, central tendency are the most accurate and reliable
indicators of intelligence. They come the closest to measuring g,
and are therefore said to be highly "g-loaded." No single test has yet
been devised that measures g directly, but a combination of g-loaded
tests gives a very good indication of intelligence.
Occasionally, a person does well on some IQ tests but not on others,
but ordinarily a good score on one predicts good scores on the rest. As
Mr. Brand points out, across-the-board high scores on tests that are methodologically
quite different from each other refute the commonly-held view that high
IQ is the result of some kind of (usually unspecified) practice or training.
Presumably, the kind of training that produces good scores on visual/spatial
tests would not help on verbal tests, and time spent learning one kind
of intelligence would be time taken away from learning the other. If that
were the way intelligence is acquired it would be common for people to
get high scores on one kind of test and low scores on others. Consistent
scores (either high or low) suggest that tests are measuring some common
or general ability.
Many people try to argue that there is no such thing as intelligence,
or g, because there is no precise definition for it. However, people
were able to measure weight long before they understood or could define
gravity, and electricity can be measured without fully understanding electrons.
Mr. Brand explains that critics of IQ like to scoff at "mere academic
intelligence," claiming that IQ is an artificial indicator of an otherwise
useless ability that the tests happen to measure. However, what the tests
measure is exactly what is needed for success in all kinds of practical
endeavors, and no one has ever devised a better measure of "real," non-academic
intelligence. Likewise, few people would be willing to give up 20 or 30
points of "mere test-taking ability" and be completely confident that nothing
else in their lives would change.
Mr. Brand notes that many people have speculated that persistence or
determination is what brings success in life as well as high IQ scores.
In fact, it is easy to devise tests of persistence that involve repetitive
movement or memorization of nonsense syllables. These require application
but little intelligence, and high-IQ people do no better on them than anyone
else. Likewise, in order to test the motivation hypothesis, researchers
have offered subjects money if they do well on IQ tests, but the added
incentive does not improve scores.
It is, of course, intelligent people who are most likely to mount sophisticated
arguments about the unreality or irrelevance of intelligence. Mr. Brand
suggests why this might be so. One reason is that most people choose friends
and acquaintances who are similar to themselves in intelligence. Most smart
people therefore associate only with people who are in a tiny segment of
the full range of intelligence, and they begin to believe that everyone
is like them and their friends.
Another reason is that personality differences and intellectual specialization
become much more pronounced among people of high intelligence. It appears
that genes govern the most basic aspects of intelligence but that after
a certain relatively high threshold of intelligence, environment and individual
choice lead people in a great variety of directions. For this reason it
is easy for intellectuals to lose sight of the fact that it is probably
only the presence of high levels of general intelligence that permit what
appear to be strikingly different kinds of intellectual achievement.
The Doctrine of Environment
Of course, it remains dogma among egalitarians that differences in environment
explain differences in achievement. Mr. Brand offers some interesting opposition
to this view. It is often argued that blacks, for example, do poorly in
life and on IQ tests because of some kind of environmental deprivation
due to race.
An interesting parallel can be drawn between blacks and deaf people.
Mr. Brand reports that, not surprisingly, deaf children get low scores
on verbal intelligence tests. However, they get normal scores on non-verbal
tests and by the time they are adults they have overcome most of the verbal
deficit. Is it really more of a challenge – in ways that would retard intellectual
development – to be black than to be deaf? Likewise, children with catastrophic
motor disabilities, who lead lives that are severely restricted by any
definition, apparently have higher tested intelligence levels than blacks
who are not physically handicapped.
Perhaps the greatest direct assault on the environmentalist view comes
from biology and physiology. As early as the 1960s, it was discovered that
many mental illnesses are best treated with drugs. This instantly invalidated
convoluted psychoanalytic theories about the central role of childhood
experiences and other social variables – and cast doubt on environmental
explanations for IQ differences.
"Inspection time" studies, which are Mr. Brand's specialty, are an even
more direct refutation of environmental claims. The classic experimental
method involves use of a tachistoscope, which casts simple images on a
screen for very brief periods that can be precisely timed. A common test
would be to show two lines of different lengths and have the subject say
which is longer. Images can be displayed so briefly that no one can make
them out, but a firm pattern has been found, in which more intelligent
people are better able to make out the images displayed for the shortest
periods of time. Very high correlations of 0.65 and 0.7 have been found
between intelligence and "inspection speed."
Mr. Brand proposes that the tachistoscope measures a basic physiological
correlate of intelligence: the speed at which a person acquires and decodes
information. It is difficult to imagine a social or environmental explanation
for differences in inspection time or for the strong correlation with intelligence.
These results cannot be dismissed as some artificial measure of "what IQ
tests test." Unfortunately, Mr. Brand does not report data for different
racial groups, but if inspection speed were strongly correlated with intelligence
in one race but not in another, it would suggest racial differences in
physiology far beyond the expectations of hereditarians.
Role of Environment
None of this is to say that environment has no effect on intelligence.
Like many contemporary researchers, Mr. Brand estimates the heritability
of individual differences in intelligence to be about 75 percent. Environment
clearly has the strongest effect during the early years, when children
have the least influence over their environments. In adolescence and adulthood,
as their own genes increasingly govern their choices of environments, people
more closely reflect more purely genetic propensities.
This is clear from adoption studies. The IQs of adopted children have
a reported 0.13 correlation with IQs of adoptive mothers but a correlation
twice as great with biological mothers. By mid adolescence, the correlation
with the adoptive mother has dropped close to zero while the correlation
with the biological mother has increased slightly. Likewise, fraternal
twins have more similar IQs when they are children – when their environments
are established by their parents – than when they grow older and make their
own choices. Identical twins, however, maintain their marked similarity
of IQs throughout life, presumably because their identical genes push them
to seek very similar environments even as adults.
In fact, as Mr. Brand points out, even small children establish their own
environments to some degree. A bright, sunny child elicits different reactions
from parents and strangers than does an ill-tempered one. Thus, even some
of the effects on personality and intelligence that count as environmental
are, to some degree, influenced by genes. As children grow older the parental
environment increasingly becomes a reaction to the child's genotype rather
than an independent, external force.
Genes or environment?
Why is there so much resistance to genetic explanations for human difference,
despite increasingly irrefutable evidence for it? One reason is a quasi-Marxist
longing for human equality, what appears to be a genuine revulsion for
the brute fact of unbridgeable gaps. Another seems to be a fear that genetic
explanations would lead inevitably to forcible, eugenic measures.
The curious thing is that environmental explanations still leave what
amount to unbridgeable gaps in achievement. Nor do they dispel the bogey
of forcible government intervention that eugenicists, we are always warned,
secretly desire. Massive transfers of wealth and decades of government
intrusion have already failed to equalize achievement or even begin to
narrow the black/white IQ gap. Even if the environmentalists were right,
it would take unimaginable tyranny to equalize what even Communism failed
to equalize. Mr. Brand argues that much of the opposition to genetics comes
from people who make a living in the uplift trade and who would be exposed
as useless if the truth were known.
The social engineers are not even self-consistent. As The g Factor
notes, if parental environment counts for so much, liberals should
be in the business of controlling procreation just as ruthlessly as they
think eugenicists would. If environment accounts for everything, why do
liberals not forbid all baby-making and child-rearing in housing projects?
Although Mr. Brand does not call for eugenics, the facts he assembles
leave little doubt where his sympathies lie. He thinks it a disgrace that
psychology has neglected and downplayed the reality and heritability of
intelligence, and even accuses much of the profession of outright malpractice.
In The g Factor Mr. Brand proposes only one policy change that
should logically follow acceptance of the reality of g: "streaming"
or grouping of students by ability. He argues that squeamishness over inherent
differences in ability fuels the current fashion for shoving everyone into
the same classes, but this makes everyone suffer. Dim students hold the
good ones back and good ones outstrip and humiliate the dim ones. Mr. Brand
writes that there are perhaps a few talented teachers who can pitch the
same lesson simultaneously to children of different abilities, but most
cannot. Nor, he argues, is there any basis in the fear that bright children
may not be "mature" enough to skip grades. Gifted children are happiest
with friends of the same mental age, not chronological age.
All in all, this is an excellent little handbook on the current state
of IQ research. It makes no claims the data do not support, and touches
only briefly on the race-IQ question. Nowhere does it go beyond the generally
accepted boundaries of psychometry. The braying in the British press and
John Wiley's astonishing capitulation (see next story) only show how rare
good sense still is.
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P E C I A L R E P O R T
Adventures in the Book
he academic publishing house, John Wiley & Sons, has distinguished
itself by taking what must be one of the most craven decisions ever made
by a publisher. It has withdrawn from the trade and described as "repellent"
a study of intelligence that just the previous week it had been calling
a "well argued, critical review" by a man "well known for his contributions
to research and debate on intelligence." Needless to say, it was the book's
straightforward treatment of the black/white IQ gap and resultant hysteria
in the press that prompted Wiley's contemptible about-face.
The book in question is The g Factor, released in February in
the United Kingdom and originally scheduled to appear in the United States
in the spring. The author is Christopher Brand, a lecturer in psychology
at the University of Edinburgh. Wiley pitched the book in Britain as a
semi-scholarly study of intelligence: "The g Factor introduces and
reviews twentieth-century arguments about intelligence while focusing on
recent advances in methods and research .... [Offering] a focused review
that is succinct, authoritative and up-to-the-minute, this book will be
of interest to the general reader, as well as undergraduate students of
psychology, education and social sciences."
Like any sensible study, The g Factor concludes that intelligence
is largely heritable and that the black/white performance gap is probably
at least partially genetic in origin. Like any sensible publisher, Wiley
tried to get press attention for the book by soliciting interviews with
the author. They got a huge amount of press but not, apparently, the kind
For two straight weeks, Mr. Brand was on the cover of major British
papers, while the chattering classes attempted to digest his views. What
seems to have most shocked the properly socialized was Mr. Brand's acceptance
of the label "scientific racist," in which he saw nothing invidious since
liberals have consistently called even the most eminent IQ researchers
"racists." Almost as reprehensible was his suggestion that if unwed underclass
girls insisted on going drinking and having sex, they should at least give
their resulting illegitimate children a better start in life by choosing
high-IQ men as sex partners. Oh dear.
day's front-page headlines included the following: " 'Scientific racist'
denies controversy," "Scientific racist sparks row," "Race: New book on
IQ claims black people are less intelligent," "Fury at race IQ claims,"
"Race storm over book," and "Blacks have lower intelligence, claims Scottish
Wiley suddenly detected much that was loathsome in the book it had been
promoting, and on April 17th issued the following press release:
"After careful consideration of the statements made recently
by author Christopher Brand (as reported in the British press), as well
as some of the views presented in his work, The g Factor, we have
decided to withdraw the book from publication. The management of John Wiley
& Sons, Inc., does not want to support these views by disseminating
them or to be associated with a book that makes assertions that we find
The publisher then took the extraordinary step of "depublishing"
the book; it stopped distributing it, withdrew copies from book stores,
and canceled a planned release in the United States. Lest American readers
think this was a particularly British act of poltroonery, it was the American
branch of the company that made the decision. Wiley U.K., though, was already
showing signs of the collywobbles by mid-March and appears to have been
delighted to follow orders.
Naturally, a blizzard of "refutations" of Mr. Brand appeared in the
U.K. papers. One of the more astonishing was produced for the May 5 Observer
by one Graham Richards, "visiting principal lecturer in psychology at Staffordshire
University." He wrote that the race/IQ question is "largely meaningless"
because " `race' is a social, not a biological category," and concluded
that it has been known since 1930 that low black IQ scores are due to an
"undiagnosed visual impairment."
Meanwhile, at the University of Edinburgh students and faculty were
screaming for Mr. Brand's scalp. There was so much potentially violent
sentiment that the police assigned him special protection. A month's investigation
into whether there might be reason to fire him came up empty-handed. Representatives
of the student government eventually began to realize they looked foolish
calling for Mr. Brand's sacking on account of a book they had not read
and could not read, so they decided to demand only that he be barred
from teaching. The university duly began an investigation of his "teaching
style," and concluded, without being very specific, that it should be changed.
Through it all, Mr. Brand stuck to his guns, giving interviews, appearing
on talk shows, and seeming to revel in combat. Belatedly support began
to trickle in. There were the usual private congratulations from people
who, themselves, never say in public what they actually believe, and a
student group even put on a pro-free speech demonstration. Academics are
beginning to line up in support not just of Mr. Brand's right to speak
but of what he is saying.
On May 20, the National Association of Scholars, an American organization
that battles the excesses of university liberalism, issued a statement
urging Wiley to "proceed with its original commitment to publish" and warning
that withdrawal of a book "chills the intellectual climate, and encourages
efforts to suppress opinions of every stripe."
Mr. Brand is considering legal action against Wiley, and there have
been indications that other publishers are interested in the book. In the
meantime, The g Factor continues to be unavailable except in a photocopied
edition (the truly committed can get one by sending $75.00 to Stuart Whiteside,
71 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PP U.K.). Mr. Brand also has a web
page, which summarizes the book and reports the latest developments in
this sorry story (http://www.cybersurf.co.uk/johnny/chris).
Mr. Brand is doing exactly the right thing. He is not giving an inch
and is broadcasting the facts as widely as possible. In cases like this,
it is crucial to stand up to the yahoos. Retraction is death. The
cringing and the penitent are held up to public humiliation and then cast
into outer darkness. The stalwart can not only face down the full fury
of the media; the longer they stand firm and the harder they fight, the
more support they gain. We hope to report presently that The g Factor
has been taken on by another publisher, which plans to distribute it in
the United States.
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O Tempora, O Mores!
Col. Frank Scotti, a 52-year-old white man, is an ROTC instructor at
Roosevelt High School in the District of Columbia. On Jan. 30, he heard
a commotion in the hall outside his classroom. When he went to investigate,
he smelled marijuana and told three blacks who were not even students –
one was 20 years old and the others were 19 – to stop smoking and go away.
A short time later, they attacked him, beating him bloody and unconscious,
while a group of students laughed and cheered. Col. Scotti suffered a broken
eye socket, a concussion, and permanent sensory loss in his face. The three
blacks were convicted of aggravated assault.
At a recent sentencing hearing, D.C. Superior Court Judge Harriet Taylor
could have sent the three criminals to jail for 10 years. Instead, she
sentenced them to five years each in Youth Rehabilitation Center, and suspended
all but 16 months of the sentence for two of the criminals and all but
24 months for the third. Judge Taylor [race unspecified] remarked that
the three defendants "need a great deal of help," adding, "there are more
victims than Colonel Scotti in this case." (Amy Korval, Judge Decides Against
Regular Jail for Attackers, Washington Times, May 25, 1996, p. A1.)
Dispatches From the Front
In May, a black Dayton man shot and killed a white delivery man in an
unprovoked attack and then opened fire on a group of white policemen, killing
one officer before he was shot and killed. Twenty-four-year-old Maurice
Fareed had long had a grudge against whites. As his mother explained to
reporters, "The last couple of days he said there wasn't no hope and white
people were going to keep black people in slavery." (Reuter, Dayton, Ohio,
May 24, 1996.)
In April, another black, Michael Whitener, was sentenced to concurrent
60 and 45 year sentences in Goshen, Indiana for killing one white and attempting
to kill another. Mr. Whitener admitted that he had simply killed the first
whites who came along. He was angry because earlier that day a white detective
in Elkhart, Indiana had shot and killed a black man. (105 Years Imposed
in Murder, The Elkhart Truth (Indiana), April 18, 1996.)
In Sacramento, California, two blacks have pleaded guilty to kidnapping
a white woman from an apartment complex, terrorizing her, and forcing her
to drive them around town while they looked for people to rob. The men
said they had put the woman through the eight-hour ordeal as revenge for
400 years of slavery. (Roland Sweet, News Quirks, Northern Express (Traverse
City, MI), May 1, 1996, p. 26.)
The West African nation of Benin has recognized voodoo as an official
religion along with Christianity and Islam. In the past, Marxist leaders
tried to suppress voodoo, but contemporary reports indicate that 60 percent
of the population are believers. President Nicephoro Soglo has acknowledged
the "injustice" of the old Marxist government and declared a paid national
holiday for voodoo observances. (Voodoo Reborn as an Official Religion
in Benin, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 11, 1996.)
The Ivory Coast has proposed a law that would give a man the right to divorce
his wife for adultery should he catch her so much as having an intimate
conversation with another man. For a woman to get a divorce for adultery,
she must catch her husband having sex in their house with the same woman
at least twice. (Howard W. French, For Ivory Coast Women New Battle
For Equality, New York Times, April 6, 1996.)
That Old Black Magic
In April, the son of Joshua Nkomo, vice president of Zimbabwe, died
of AIDS. In his funeral address, Mr. Nkomo said that AIDS had been brought
to his country by whites in order to depopulate it. He added that whites
know the cure for AIDS but refuse to share it with blacks. (Reuter, Nkomo
Accuses Whites of Bringing AIDS to Zimbabwe, April 6, 1996.)
In South Africa, the government recently released a report on witchcraft,
which finds that the practice is gaining adherents and is moving from the
country into the cities. The report focused on the use of human ingredients
in potions. In order to work, parts must be taken from live victims; the
louder they scream the more potent the magic. Potions containing pieces
of people are thought to cure disease, increase crop yields, and ensure
misfortune for one's enemies. A human head may be embedded in a building's
foundation to guarantee success in business.
The report, published by the Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft Violence
and Ritual Murders, warns that whites are increasingly likely to be killed
for parts. Many blacks think that whites have special powers that account
for their wealth, and believe that whites therefore provide the most potent
human ingredients. (Inigo Gilmore, Human Parts Sold In South African Witchcraft
Killings, Times (London), May 4, 1996.)
Justice in Chicago
Judges for the Cook County Circuit in Illinois used to be elected at
large, but this did not produce enough non-white judges. Recently the system
was changed to allow voting by district, which has increased the number
of non-whites but has also produced some very inexperienced candidates
– one had been a lawyer for less than two years. With the support of the
Chicago Bar Association, the City Council Finance Committee has proposed
a resolution requiring that candidates have at least 10 years experience.
Black Alderman Robert Shaw denounced the measure as "back door" racism
intended to limit the number of black judges. He also described the Chicago
Bar Association as "nothing more than the Ku Klux Klan." (Jacquelyn Heard,
Council Panel Backs Prerequisite for Judges, Chicago Tribune, April 13,
1996, p. 5.)
In 1992, one largely black district voted in a black woman named Llwellyn
Greene-Thapedi who has not been a model of probity. She has been sued 18
times in the past 16 years, four times since her election to the bench.
Plaintiffs include General Motors Acceptance Corp, which had to repossess
her car for non-payment; First National Bank of Chicago, which accuses
her of cashing in the same $6,600 certificate of deposit twice; a linen
supply company that says she bounced a $347 check; and the board of her
cooperative apartment, which says she owes thousands of dollars on monthly
Lawyers do not like to argue cases before her. After she made a ruling
with which he disagreed, one attorney persistently tried to state his objection
for the record. Judge Greene-Thapedi had a bailiff handcuff him to a bench
outside her courtroom for an hour and a half. Three law firms stopped trying
cases before her, saying she was unfair. One firm appealed to her presiding
judge, who gave them permission to remove all cases from her jurisdiction
– a virtually unprecedented expression of non-confidence. Through it all,
Judge Greene-Thapedi appears to enjoy unflagging support in the black community.
(Abdon Pallasch, Thapedi Gets Her day(s) in Court: as a Judge, Defendant
and Plaintiff, Chicago Lawyer, June, 1996, p. 4.)
In the meantime, Chicago courts are having a hard time getting blacks
to serve on juries. Some defense lawyers have even begun to appeal convictions
of black defendants on the grounds that there were no blacks on the jury.
A recent study by the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois study shows
that slackers are a big part of the problem: 40.1 percent of blacks fail
to respond to jury summonses, while the figure for whites is 7.9 percent.
(Mary Mitchell, Blacks Less Likely to Show Up for Juries, Chicago Sun-Times,
May 28, 1996.)
Out of the Blue
is the first black man to fly with the Navy's Blue Angels flying team.
Until May, when he resigned from the team, he was also the commander of
the unit. There was apparently no pressure on him to step down, and he
resigned with considerable dignity, citing concern about his own flying
mistakes and the threat they could pose to safety. During a recent show
at Virginia Beach, the team had to scuttle a maneuver because Mr. Cochran
made an error. A spokesman for the Blue Angels explained that the commander
made "what aviators refer to as head mistakes." The real question, which
remains unasked, is why Mr. Cochran was put into this position. (Basil
Talbott, Jolt for Blue Angels, Chicago Sun-Times, May 29, 1996.)
A private group called U.S. Citizens Patrol, has been barred from looking
for illegal immigrants in San Diego airport. Its members did not speak
to suspected illegals; they simply asked airline employees to check the
identification of all passengers as required by law. No one complained
of harassment, and the FBI found no violation of law. But when Hispanic
groups started whooping about the patrols, a county judge ordered them
out of the airport. (San Diego Judge Bars Group From Anti-Immigration Patrols,
New York Times, May 26, 1996, p. 16.)
Difference of Opinion
Rwanda is the small, central African nation where tribal massacres took
the lives of an estimated half million people in 1994. In April, the last
of several thousand U.N. peace-keeping troops withdrew from the now-calmer
country, and offered to leave behind $8.5 million worth of vehicles, computers,
tents, and prefabricated houses. The Rwandan government said no. "The U.N.
wants to leave us junk worth zero and we are going to refuse," explained
a spokesman. The Rwandans are angry that the U.N. did not prevent the massacres
and that a special U.N. tribunal has indicted only 11 ringleaders of the
killing. "Those people [the U.N.] came here to steal, and you can quote
me on that," says a political advisor to the Defense Minister. The U.N.
mission estimates it put more than $100 million into the Rwandan economy
in the 18 months ending in April of this year. (Rwanda Spurns U.N. Donation
of Used Goods, Washington Times, April 18, 1996, p. A12.)
In 1951, during the Korean War, the Army disbanded its last black combat
regiment when many of the 24th Infantry's 3,600 soldiers reportedly deserted
their posts. According to the official regimental history, published in
1961, many men defied orders to stand and fight, deliberately wounded themselves
to avoid combat, or abandoned rifles and other equipment so they could
run faster. This account has angered black veterans and prompted calls
for a new, revised history.
After nine years of preparation, a more sensitive history is ready for
release, but critics are still so upset they are threatening a defamation
suit. They object to passages like: "The 24th's record in Korea reveals
an undue number of military failures, particularly during the early months
of the war." "Some units became so accustomed to withdrawals that their
men began to abandon their positions at only the sound of firing . . .
." The fact that all this is now blamed on white "racial prejudice and
the poor leadership it engendered" does not satisfy the partisans, who
claim the 24th performed as well as any other U.S. regiment.
One 73-year-old black veteran does not dispute official accounts. He
says that when "racist" white officers gave orders, "you just didn't go
all out. You would minimize your effort and do more hiding than you did
charging." (Philip Sheldon, Veterans of Black Unit Threaten Suit Over Army's
Account of Their Service, New York Times, May 7, 1996, p. A16. Suzanne
Siegel, History Proves Color-Blind, Detroit Free Press, May 28, 1996, p.
1A. Art Pine, Army Revises History of Black Troops, San Francisco Chronicle,
April 29, 1996, p. A2.)
Non Compos Mentis
The idea that psychiatric patients should be treated by race is growing
in popularity. According to some studies, fully half of all counselling
programs now require students to take classes in multicultural therapy.
Some people argue that only minorities have enough sensitivity to counsel
each other, since whites are, by nature, racist and insensitive to minorities.
One textbook, Counselling the Culturally Different, notes that
"without a strong antiracism training component, trainees (especially Whites)
will continue to deny responsibility for the racist system that oppresses
their minority clients." The same book asks its white readers: "As a member
of the White group, what responsibility do you hold for the racist, oppressive,and
discriminating manner by which you personally and professionally deal with
minorities?" The American Counselling Association directs "counselors,
especially whites, to understand how they have benefited from individual
and institutional racism."
Multicultural psychiatry has been instituted at San Francisco General
Hospital, with treatment "teams" specializing in blacks, Asians, Hispanics,
women, homosexuals, and the HIV-positive. Heterosexual white men are assigned
wherever there is a vacancy. One of the "educational objectives" for the
staff is to "break down denial of one's own participation in racism," and
psychiatric residents note an increasingly "anti-white atmosphere." (Sally
Satel, Psychiatric Apartheid, Wall Street Journal, May 8, 1996.)
Going, Going . . .
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that, for the first time since the 18th
century, whites are no longer adding more people to the population than
any other racial group. During the 1993-94 fiscal year the number of Hispanics
grew by 902,000 while non-Hispanic whites increased by 883,000. The difference
is not an increase in the number of Hispanics entering the U.S. but a rapid
decline in the white birthrate. According to the bureau, white population
growth has fallen from approximately 1,200,000 during the 1991-92 fiscal
year to 789,000 during 1994-95 – a decrease of 34 percent in just
three years. At present rates, Hispanics will outnumber whites sometime
in the 21st century. In California whites are expected to become a minority
within seven years. (Ramon G. McLeod, Census Shows a Turning Point – Hispanics
Increasing the Fastest, San Francisco Chronicle, March 27, 1996.)
White Men Can't Jump
In 1950, 1.7
percent of NBA basketball players were black. During the 1970s whites became
a minority in the league, and today 82 percent of the players are black.
Racial taunting of whites is common. Steve Kerr, a white player for the
Chicago Bulls says that white players occasionally are called honkies and
derided for being slow. Mr. Kerr thinks this is funny. "[I]t's fun," he
says. "[W]e all end up laughing." (Lacy J. Banks, Bulls' Success Colorblind,
Chicago Sun-Times, March 26, 1996, pp. 84, 99.)
In 1989, a group of liberal whites in Jackson, Mississippi decided to
send their children to the public schools, which were 79 percent black
and getting blacker. Thus began an organization called Parents for Public
Schools, which tries to persuade whites to send their children to school
with blacks. The organization now has branches in 22 states and 41 cities.
A recent newspaper account writes admiringly of "the importance of children
learning in real-world classrooms – black and white, rich and poor, struggling
and studious – society's true mix, not a sheltered refuge of privilege."
Only near the end of a long article does the writer concede that Jackson's
public schools are now 87 percent black. (Donna St. George, Parents Trying
to Reverse Flight to Private Schools, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader,
May 26, 1996, p. 1.)
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has just broken up an immigrant
smuggling ring that netted its leader, Gladys Garza Cantu, more than one
million dollars every year. Most of her customers were Chinese, Indians,
and Pakistanis, who paid up to $28,000 per person for an arduous trip to
the United States via Mexico.
Miss Garza is a 51-year-old naturalized U. S. citizen born in Honduras.
She posted recruiters in Asia, and worked closely with the corrupt Mexican
police. Many of her customers were ferried through Moscow and then to Guatemala.
At the Guatemalan border, they were packed into a specially converted tractor
trailer that could carry as many as 100 people across Mexico to the United
States. They got no food on the trip. Customers were then floated across
the Rio Grande in inner tubes to McAllen, Texas, where they were to fend
Miss Garza's empire began to unravel when a Mexican policeman who thought
he had been cheated out of a bribe, started giving information to American
authorities. (Sam Dillon, Immigrant-Smuggling Ring Routes Asians Through
Mexico, The Herald (Miami), June 1, 1996, p. 16A.)
Long Live the Republic
There is a growing secessionist movement in Texas among people who have
declared themselves citizens of the Republic of Texas. More than 10,000
people have paid $25 for citizenship papers, and hundreds of people attend
monthly recruiting meetings held all around the state, Armed militia men
guard the meetings. More and more Texans are furious about increasing federal
intrusion in their lives. "It's a revolution," explains a spokesman; "I
certainly want it to be a bloodless one if possible." (Julia Prodis, Separatists
Want to Take Texas Out of the Union, Detroit News, May 27, 1996, p. 3A.)
Promise Keepers is a men's Christian movement founded in 1990 by Bill
McCartney, a former football coach. It holds mass-meetings in athletic
stadiums, where tens of thousands of men commit themselves to God, to other
men, to moral purity, to good marriages, to supporting churches, and to
"reaching beyond race." Under the slogan "Break Down Walls," combating
racism is this year's major theme. According to Mr. McCartney, racism is
so embedded in society that whites do not realize they are "depriving blacks
Promise Keepers works hard to find blacks with whom to break down barriers.
For a rally in Washington, DC that filled the 55,000-seat RFK football
stadium, publicity was sent in advance to black churches. Scholarships
were set aside exclusively for blacks, and white churches offered to buy
tickets for black congregations. Even so, few blacks attended.
Promise Keepers is gaining a huge following. A plan to bring one million
Christian men to Washington this year was put off until next year, because
the organizers did not want to appear to be making a political statement
during an election year. (David Crumm, Detroit Free Press, May 11, 1996,
p. 11A. Larry Witham, At RFK, Christian Men Rally for Reconciliation, May
25, 1996, p. A1.)
The towns of Fresno, Merced and Stockton in the San Joaquin Valley of
California are bracing for another wave of Hmong "refugees." Seventy percent
of the households of the 65,000 Hmong who are already there are on welfare,
and the average Hmong family has ten children. This summer another 3,000
Hmong are to be released from camps in Thailand for "family reunification"
in California. Many have lived in camps all their lives. As the head of
Fresno County Social Services explains, "They think rice comes from bags
. . . . We're going to have a very tough time providing services to them."
(New Wave of Hmong Refugees Worries Fresno, The Arizona Republic, May 27,
1996, p. A18.)
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Australia, the name Nguyen is now the sixth
most common name in the telephone directory. The name it knocked into seventh
place is Taylor. (Samantha Wood, Nguyen Topples Taylor, Herald Sun (Australia),
May 9, 1996.)
L.A. Stays Burned
Four years after the Los Angeles riots, only half of the 500 or so commercial
buildings that were destroyed are back in operation. Despite much brave
talk about reconstruction, private money has stayed away from South Central
Los Angeles. There is no mystery as to why. The federal government made
about 5,000 disaster loans after the riots, for a total of more than $300
million. About 1,900 of those loans, representing about $100 million, are
delinquent or have been written off. (John Emshwiller, Empty Stores Still
Dot the Riot-Torn Areas of L.A., Wall Street Journal, May 22, 1996, p.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that there were 74,180 cases
of AIDS in the United States in 1995, or 27.8 per 100,000 residents. Blacks,
with 92.6 cases per 100,000 are six times more likely to have the disease
than whites and Hispanics are three times as likely to have it as whites.
Asians, with a disease rate of 6.2 per 100,000, are less than half as likely
as whites to have AIDS.
The cities with the highest AIDS rates are Washington, DC –
186 (per 100,000), Jersey City – 138, San Francisco –
130, New York – 123, Miami – 117, and Newark
– 87. North Dakota had an AIDS infection rate of 0.8 per 100,000.
(D.C. Has the Highest Rate of AIDS, The Herald (Miami), April 19, 1996.)
Developing countries need power plants to generate electricity, but
they frequently default on payments for the facilitates that cost hundreds
of millions of dollars. Until now, manufacturers could not take direct
action against deadbeats, but American engineering companies have found
a solution. They now build power plants on huge barges, tow them to a foreign
coast, and operate them in harbors. If the country defaults, they can clip
the power lines, repossess the plant, and tow it home. (William Bulkeley,
Building Power Plants That Can Float, Wall Street Journal, May 22, 1996,
This is Diversity?
The people who prate about diversity are, of course, politically monolithic.
The conservative Cornell Review recently found out the political affiliations
of the faculty in humanities and social sciences at Cornell University.
In all, there were 171 Democrats and seven Republicans, or four percent.
In the history, sociology, and women's studies departments, there were
no Republicans at all. There were one each in psychology, government, and
Cornell is not unique. A similar study found almost exactly the same
situation at Stanford University, and the dean of the law school at the
State University of New York at Buffalo once said, "As far as I know, there
is not one conservative on the law school faculty."
A recent Roper poll of reporters who cover Congress and of Washington
bureau chiefs found that only four percent were registered Republicans.
Eighty-nine percent had voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and only seven
percent for George Bush. (Francis Mancini, Where Are the Conservatives
in Academia, the Media? The Herald (Miami), June 3, 1996.)
Although more black adults smoke cigarettes than whites (39 percent
of black men v. 30 percent for white men; 27 percent for both black and
white women), considerably fewer black than white teen-agers smoke. In
1977 the percentages of white, black, and Hispanics high school-age smokers
were, respectively, 28.9 percent, 24.9 percent, and 22.8 percent. By 1993,
the white percentage had declined to 21.4 percent, but the figure for blacks
had dropped to 4.2 percent and that of Hispanics to 11.8 percent. No one
seems to know why young whites are five times more likely to smoke than
blacks. (Carol Stevens, Cigarettes Are Less Popular Among African American
– But Experts Can't Explain Why, Detroit News, December 11, 1995, p. 6A.)
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E T T E R S F R O M R E A D E
Sir – I read with great interest Jared Taylor's article in the June
issue, "If We Do Nothing," and I completely agree. Many whites disdain
their own race and hold themselves responsible for all the evils of the
past and present. This view, which is echoed by government, courts and
the elites, has swept the white world.
If such charges came only from nonCaucasians they could easily be seen
as prejudice, but the basic arguments were invented by Caucasians. Today
we have many Caucasians who pride themselves on loathing their own people.
The elites in Caucasian-led societies appear determined to pursue the proposition
that whites are uniquely evil. Why does the white elite hate its own race?
Ray Dively, Baden, Pa.
Sir – I thought you made a very important point in "If We Do Nothing":
that even if those who would displace us are "superior" to us, it does
not change the morality or desirability of white survival. The obsession
of some racialists with IQ scores, crime rates, illegitimacy, etc. is understandable,
given the tremendous problems posed by blacks living in the United States.
It is necessary to talk about inherent racial differences, if only to free
whites from forever bearing the cross of black failure.
However, excessive concentration on Prof. Philippe Rushton's comparative
racial data showing the "superiority" of Asians can lead to the view that
we should welcome large-scale immigration from China, Japan, and Korea.
In fact, we can have the greatest admiration for Asians without wishing
to turn our nation or our destiny over to them.
The great irony is that liberals take exactly the same position as ourselves
whenever the shoe is on the other foot. They talk of how the industrial
West "spoils" even the most primitive and backward peoples (though primitive,
backward people "enrich" the West). They look with pious regret upon the
changes that transistor radios and bottled beer have worked upon the peoples
of New Guinea or the Amazon jungle, and talk nostalgically about preserving
these pristine cultures. If cultivated white people were to displace these
stone-age tribes, liberals would denounce it in the shrillest terms.
Somehow, it is only their own culture that they wish to throw open to
every possible demographic influence, and only white societies that are
improved by aliens and alien customs. This obvious and ultimately suicidal
double standard is our greatest enemy.
Thomas Shorter, Denver, Colo.
Sir – Your article "If We Do Nothing" depressed me so much I almost
had a drinkand I haven't touched one for years. Mr. Taylor is a modern
day Nostradamus. Centuries later someone will dig up AR and say, "Jared
Taylor had a vision. And it all came true. Why didn't anyone listen?" Most
prophets were unwelcome in their own land.
On a different matter, my respects to the Seelbach Hotel for not buckling.
From now on, my family will stay only in the Seelbach when we are in town.
M. Jacobs, New York, N.Y.
Sir – Your article in the June issue is a masterpiece, an excellent
summation of the race problem. I will be seventy-five years old on my next
birthday and have spent all my adult life opposing race mixing. Your efforts
are greatly appreciated by many, but conservatives are by nature reserved
about expressing themselves. You are doing an excellent job.
Robert Patterson, Itta Bena, Miss.
Editor's Note – Shortly after the Brown decision in 1954,
Mr. Patterson founded the Citizens Councils of America, the organization
that mounted the most effective resistance to forced racial integration.
Sir – In the June issue you write approvingly of the California Civil
Rights Initiative (CCRI). While it does forbid racial discrimination by
the state of California, it is mere plebiscitary fumbling. Will endless
laws on race make us "color blind"? Of course not. As Llewellyn Rockwell
has pointed out, instead of enacting more laws on race and sex, we should
be repealing existing laws. If you really want to "end government discrimination,"
repeal the laws that gave birth to it – the civil rights acts. The CCRI
still leaves decisions on whether there has been discrimination by race
or sex up to the courts.
Please reconsider your support for the CCRI.
W. Edward Chynoweth, Sanger, Cal.
Editor's Note – It would certainly be better to repeal all
anti-discrimination laws. However, a popularly approved law to stop the
current, blatantly antiwhite hiring and college admissions policies of
the state of California is surely a step in the right direction.
Sir – Do Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson really stomp around the house chanting
"Yes! I am somebody!" and "Keep hope alive!" as you report in your June
issue? What does this tell us about the way they hold their views? Somehow,
I cannot imagine Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jensen chanting "IQ is heritable!"
or "Twin studies don't lie!"
Tom Teller, Carbondale, Ill.
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