Harvard Law Students Says: Maybe Intelligence is Genetic

And, as such, says maybe that explains why Black people aren't that smart as a group compared to their counterparts of other races.


The internets are going crazy following the publication of a rather....interesting email written by a third-year law student at Harvard. The author wanted to clarify some points about race, genetics and intelligence. An excerpt of the email is below:


I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. I could also obviously be convinced that by controlling for the right variables, we would see that they are, in fact, as intelligent as white people under the same circumstances. The fact is, some things are genetic. African Americans tend to have darker skin. Irish people are more likely to have red hair. (Now on to the more controversial:) Women tend to perform less well in math due at least in part to prenatal levels of testosterone, which also account for variations in mathematics performance within genders. This suggests to me that some part of intelligence is genetic, just like identical twins raised apart tend to have very similar IQs and just like I think my babies will be geniuses and beautiful individuals whether I raise them or give them to an orphanage in Nigeria. I don't think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that African Americans are less intelligent on a genetic level, and I didn't mean to shy away from that opinion at dinner.

Read more on the kerfuffle at Above the Law