Policing Race: Nicholas Wade and James Watson

Editor’s note:


Jared Taylor has a great interview of Nicholas Wade on his book, A Troublesome Inheritance.  

JARED TAYLOR: Would it not be correct to say that . . . when it comes to the biological basis of population differences — or even individual differences — that the Western mind is relatively closed? . . .

NICHOLAS WADE: “I think this is a parochial problem of the academic left . . . They’re very fearful of each other . . . So if you step out of line just a little — particularly on this subject — if you write anything that doesn’t accord with the current dogma about the nature of race — you’ll be branded as a ‘scientific racist’ . . . you’ll be set upon as a racist and you’re career will be destroyed.

“So the whole of the academic left is sort of hoist on its own petard.  It’s sort of captured by this monster it’s created . . . which cannot brook criticism or dissenting thought.  It’s very sad . . . It has to change some day . . . the sooner the better.”

Well, it certainly hasn’t changed yet. Just recently James Watson was reduced to selling his Nobel Prize medal because he has been ostracized for publicly airing his views on race and IQ (“James Watson selling Nobel prize ‘because no-one wants to admit I exist‘”).

Mr Watson said his income had plummeted following his controversial remarks in 2007, which forced him to retire from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York. He still holds the position of chancellor emeritus there.

“Because I was an ‘unperson’ I was fired from the boards of companies, so I have no income, apart from my academic income,” he said.

Sadly, Watson appears to apologize for his gaffe and wants to be welcomed back to public life and the academic lecture circuit, saying it was all a misunderstanding. It must be really difficult to go from being an academic superstar to a non-person overnight.

Mr Watson – who insisted he was “not a racist in a conventional way” – said it had been “stupid” of him to not realise that his comments on the intelligence of African people would end up in an article.

“I apologise . . . [the journalist] somehow wrote that I worried about the people in Africa because of their low IQ – and you’re not supposed to say that.”

In 2007, the Sunday Times ran an interview with Dr Watson in which he said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

He told the newspaper people wanted to believe that everyone was born with equal intelligence but that those “who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.

Mr Watson said he hoped the publicity surrounding the sale of the medal would provide an opportunity for him to “re-enter public life”. Since the furore in 2007 he has not delivered any public lectures.

“I’ve had a unique life that’s allowed me to do things. I was set back. It was stupid on my part. All you can do is nothing, except hope that people actually know what you are,” he said.

The race and IQ issue is non-negotiable for our hostile elites. Frank discussion of race, IQ and other psychological traits related to success in the contemporary world be disastrous for the entire multicultural project and the displacement of Whites and their culture. Imagine discussions of Ferguson in the mainstream media if race realism was presented as a legitimate point of view. And imagine how discussion of immigration would change if the discussion included the ethnic interests of Whites.

Perhaps Prof. Watson’s apology will be enough to get him back on the academic gravy train, but I doubt it. Some things just can’t be forgiven or forgotten.

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