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A Brief and Vigorous Defense of All Things Racist

What’s up with the Sooties and their Cheeto-textured hair?
And the Peckerwoods? They can’t dance for nuffin’.
How ’bout the Zips? What, do they live in the library?
And don’t even get me started on those Pochos. Will they ever learn English?

Don’t go getting all bent out of shape, now. After all, it’s only natural. You must think I’m awfully stupid though, to be so bigoted and whatnot? Well, turns out you could be right.

In what other ways do biological dispositions affect our social relations?

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  1. February 9, 2012 at 4:53 am

    What I found most compelling in this blog post is the article that is linked via “you could be right”. This article, entitled “Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. to Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism” is incredibly interesting. This paragraph from the article sums it up pretty well: “People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice.” So why is it that less intelligent people are racist? The article explains this is because racism favors a set order, which makes the complicated world easier to understand for less intelligent people.
    Personally, I don’t think that it is particularly fair to begin to get into politics when talking about low I.Qs. I’m sure that there are plenty of intelligent conservatives. However I do find it very reasonable to go ahead and assert that anyone who honestly believes that skin color makes a person better than another person is definitely not the brightest.

    • Tre Holloway
      February 9, 2012 at 7:11 am

      uwblogger2, you’ve raised a good point in your assertion that politics and IQ should be considered independently of each other. I’d just add that scientists should be careful when presenting their findings to the public, especially in cases like this one, which relies heavily on statistical analysis. After all, the language of science entertains the ideas of “statistical significance” and “causation vs. correlation” in a way that the general scientific consciousness may not.

      Is it ethical to explain the correlation between the two variables, without acknowledging its criticisms? Where science may be exploited for gains–political or otherwise (the post is, after all, from a Liberal news source) — to what extent is the onus on the reader to get all the information she can from various news sources, to immerse herself in the ongoing conversations before passing judgment? And, where the interpretation of results is involved, how much can we expect that sources such as these will be unbiased, or that their scientific reporting will not motivated by factors outside of science itself?

  2. ProfMyers
    February 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I’d suggest that the findings of this study are complicated by the fact that IQ is a pretty problematic concept, and that IQ tests continue to have racist, ethnocentric, and/or colonialist implications. This article notes “whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists,” but then drops that to treat the results of this study as if that fact didn’t need to be addressed or grappled with!

    • February 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      ProfMyers, I was interested to read what you said about IQ tests having racist implications, but I’m not entirely sure that I understood you very well. What do you mean by that? Is it that certain questions tend to benefit those with certain inclinations?

  3. xavierholmes
    February 13, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Although it pains me to say it, I can only somewhat agree with uwblogger2. Racism and prejudice are horribly ignorant and horrid concepts, however unfortunately you can’t say that just because someone is prejudice they aren’t intelligent. Some people who may even be widely perceived by society as being intelligent could also be prejudice, and the sad truth is that such a person is really not that difficult to find. For an example flip open any American history textbook (you wont have to look very far) and you can find evidence to the fact that our country was pretty much founded upon racism and prejudice. All men are created equal… yeah ok.

  4. February 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    These youtube posts are pretty amazing, and I especially enjoyed the one about the Asian girl in the library is hilarious! Simply because I had a similar encounter in my high school library.
    I think racism and prejudice are great example of induction. We look at certain actions or phrases, even the physical traits of other ethnicity or race and apply them to the entire people. When we look at other people, we are not only discovering someone’s personality and physical traits. We are also examining the cultural and ethnic aspects of the person and its history as well.

    I believe that racism and prejudice do lower one’s intelligence because racists do not have capacity to analyze and discover different society. First of all, they can not even accept or even recognize other society as equal being.
    However, to be able to make a amazing ethnic humor shows me that the person is not stupid. Because the person can clearly separate his or her culture with other ethnicity, and describes the differences into humorous phrase.

    Think about some of the ethnic jokes.

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