Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Biological Determinism and Conservative Bigotry

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
There are certain racist ideas which bubble up from time to time as a new generation of right-wing bigots come to the forefront. I received this comment from a self-described conservative:

Glen Filthie said...
The average black IQ is 85. Mohammed Ali had an IQ of 79 which psychologists consider to be mild mental retardation.

As a conservative and a race-realist...I know there are exceptions to the rule - but they ARE the exception.

For the record I wish that you were right and I was wrong, but the facts are what they are.


Nan said...

Well said. Can we consider it a positive sign that at least no one is overtly promoting eugenics or tricking poor black and brown women into being involuntarily sterilized? At least not that I've heard of recently -- maybe that's the silver lining to the cutbacks in medical care for the poor.

W. Hackwhacker said...

I saw Herr Filthie's comments on your earlier post and noted he seemed to check all the boxes of the "Modern" Conservative, which, in addition to the racism noted above, includes misogyny and an approach to seniors that was straight out of Germany in the 1930s. The fellow's a regular petri dish of noxious right-wing nostrums.

Gerald Parks said...

white supremacist ideology is the foundation and source of American racism!

It has been used since day one to engineer a society that has made descendants of Africa the lowest in this society's caste system.

Willful ignorance of this is accompanied with a "collective" amnesia of past and current efforts to continue these practices in 21st Century America despite the knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

ALL Americans are NOT treated equally!

Those with no seat at the table ... have no power!

That is why today's GOP/Republican governance revived Jim Crow,esq. Voter ID, mass incarceration, gerrymandering, not fund public education, etc.