Racial Issues



Politically correct multiculturalist Leftists seen seething.


Most scientists will tell you that race has no biological basis—it is, in academic-speak, a “social construct.” But a new book by distinguished journalist Nicholas Wade challenges that assumption, concluding that race is real and human social behaviour is subject to natural selection just like everything else.

As the New York Review of Books put it, in its coverage of Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, there is now a “statistical sense” in which races are real. Scientists can tell, based on genetic variance, which continent a DNA sample comes from. That might not sound revolutionary to you, but it’s only recently that we’ve had the computer processing power to do it.

Wade doesn’t shy away from the disquieting implications of his theories: our genes, he says, could explain why some countries are wealthy while others languish in penury. In fact, the more we discover about ourselves from genomics, the more it becomes apparent that science and ideology are on a collision course.

Why? Because it’s totally unacceptable to say in public these days that different races might have different behavioural characteristics, and that those characteristics might be genetically determined… even though that’s the way the science seems to be pointing.

To be fair, it’s easy to understand why researchers get cagey. The all-consuming cult of equality struggles with any suggestion that social behaviours might be genetically determined: that habits and predilections might have diverged along with skin colour. No scientist wants to be responsible for research that justifies crude observations about white sexual mores or black dietary preferences.

It’s one thing to say that tribal cultures have smaller trust circles; quite another to say that science can explain why black people smoke menthol cigarettes, or why Asians are good at maths. (Or, for that matter, why people with ginger hair are less sexually attractive.)

For over a decade, it has been Chinese academics, unencumbered by political correctness, who have embarked upon the race-based research enabled by genomics. The Chinese particularly enjoy IQ-versus-race league tables, because they invariably come out on top. That sort of research makes Westerners squeamish, to put it mildly—which is why today, most research into the genomics of race is still carried out at the Beijing Genomics Institute. By and large, the subject is un-fundable in the West.

Assuming we were to discover biological and behavioural differences attributable to race, does that mean we should start treating different races differently? Could we develop better addiction treatment programs for Native Americans, or more effective medication for Hispanic asthma sufferers?

Unsurprisingly, doctors have already been at this for decades. There are medicines prescribed every day in America targeted at specific racial groups, such as hypertension drug BiDil.

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3 Responses

  1. I’ve always wondered about Arab Muslims and genetics. There is lots of selection going on there, as some men have multiple wives and many children and some few. It seems to me that tribal leaders, really the warrior class, enjoy the greater fertility. Would this not lead to (non-natural) selection of a more aggressive and violent demographic profile? Why would humans be any different than other animals when it comes to breeding and behavioral characteristics?

  2. Of course, race is real. Race is defined by phenotype, i.e. the composite of an organism’s observable characteristics or traits, which differentiate among humans as a species. So basically you have phenotypical Black Africans, White Europids aka Caucasoid, and the phenotypical Mongoloid.

    The necessity of determining race is a distinctive key component of forensic anthropology. If any one of us were to stumble upon a skeletonized corpse when taking a walk in the woods for instance, then the forensic anthropologist would determine which phenotypical traits are most apparent in the individual case to establish the deceased’s race, in order to eliminate all possibility of a false identification, and to narrow a positive future identification down to a specific population in the absence of further clues. (together with DNA and Isotope analysis, if still possible). Which can also result in accurate forensic 3-dimensional facial reconstructions to make an identification possible..

    Race is not a social construct, it is a reality.

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