Race and Intelligence
In my short series on intelligence and education, I discussed how blankslatists believe that intelligence is largely environmental and that everyone has equal potential. In “Utilitarian Racism“, I noted that blankslatists believe a person’s moral worth is tied to that particular concept of equality.
Underlying blankslatism is a denial of the validity of science to make evidence-based truth claims, whether for metaphysical or political reasons. This is not limited to political leftism. You will find science deniers and blankslatists in all political and religious colors.
Well said, although I think almost everything about popular genetics is science fiction.
— comment by Arch Angel, “Utilitarian Racism”
I’m not sure what “popular genetics” is, but actual intelligence research is not science fiction. Intelligence studies are among the most well-researched areas of science that we have, exceeding in statistical confidence even some of our knowledge of biology, physics, and chemistry. The findings in intelligence research have a firm backing and are backed up by repeated replications, including accurate predictions of future results. Anyone denying the validity of IQ research—including blankslatists—is suffering from metaphysical and/or political bias.
To see this, look no further to Wikipedia, where leftist editors have decided that intelligence research is pseudoscience and racism, and they won’t allow anyone to say otherwise. They’ve decided that there is a scientific consensus that IQ test performance between various populations is environmental—entirely environmental—in origin. That, my friends, is the definition of blankslatism, the dominate religious dogma of our times. It asserts that biological similarity determines moral worth.
The heritability of intelligence is 80%. That means for the average person, only 20% of their intelligence score can be attributed to environmental influences. Almost nothing in these sciences ever correlates this strongly. This is astoundingly high evidence, but blankslatists wave their hands and make it disappear.
We saw this coming:
“It is a dangerous mistake to premise the moral equality of human beings on biological similarity because dissimilarity, once revealed, then becomes an argument for moral inequality.” — A.W.F. Edwards, Lewontin’s Fallacy, 2003
These days people are being fired from their jobs for merely agreeing with the scientific consensus on intelligence, because to the people doing the firing, they can’t comprehend a world where their opinions about moral worth and equality are wrong. They are so racist that they assume you too must be as equally racist as they are. If you are a Christian—the kind that believes that all men and women are created in the image of God—they will hate you.
In Part 3 of my series, where I discussed how to fix American schools, I wrote:
If you want to fix failing schools, you have a variety of strategies, including: (1) Separate schools containing different IQ tiers. This will never be allowed because it would be de-facto racial segregation.
In the metro areas of Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland, school districts have trialed offering voluntary segregation to select races (i.e. low average IQ populations). They legally can’t make segregation mandatory, nor have white kids segregated from other races, but the results are revealing anyway:
By only placing children with their similar intelligence-level, racially-segregated peers, both attendance and GPAs went up. A few things are notable:
This was only tried with “African-American History” and “Social-Emotional Support”, not any core areas like math, science, or language arts, so the results are “meh” at best. As the unnamed education lawyers say, only optional courses are legally allowed to be segregated, so the actual impact is going to be minimal. Federal anti-discrimination laws would need to be repealed to allow a wider implementation.
Of course these schools were segregated by race by the same blankslatists who say that race is a social construct that is totally, absolutely, beyond-a-doubt not related to genetics at all: zero percent. Race is a reasonable proxy for IQ here, but better would be a non-racial sorting by IQ. The blankslatist racists that run our schools will never allow this: only racial segregation is permitted.
An increase in GPA of 0.13 points is not revolutionary. It is enough to show that segregated education can work, but not enough to overcome the 80% heritability of IQ (and 60% correlation between IQ and school achievement). The result of environmental changes are always going to be limited, but nonetheless worth doing.
Segregated schools of only higher-IQ non-minority kids are likely to show even better results, as they have more inherent potential—a higher achievement ceiling—due to higher intelligence. In fact, we already know this from predominately white private schools. Regardless, the effect of the environmental changes will cause improve achievement, but IQ will still determine the relative order of various populations. All else equal, segregation cannot cause one group to catch up to another group. Even though it would be beneficial for all parties, it would likely cause the racial gaps to widen, not shrink. Thus, expect racial segregation to only be applied selectively.
Black males in these districts have very low GPAs. Even in an age where grades have been so inflated that nearly everyone gets at least a B, these are kids are only doing C-level work, and many will not graduate with even basic NAEP language proficiency, failing to master basic language competency. Even when the false specter of racism is ‘removed’ (i.e. all Black teachers), the inherent (genetic) nature of intelligence is still there.
Only blankslatists hold the regressive—and truly racist—belief that Black kids should only be taught by Black teachers. If Black kids in these voluntarily racially segregated schools had full access to the best teachers regardless of race, they might see even better results. Blankslatists think these improvements in scores are due to elimination of racism by whites, but they wouldn’t dare put this to the test. They will never learn.
If someone tells you that genetics do not explain the differences in IQ test performance between groups, they are either ignorant of science or they have an axe to grind… or both. Moving forward, we will continue to see blankslatists and religious zealots (I repeat myself) who insist that intelligence is purely environmental and that genetics are racist and pseudoscientific. They should invest in mirrors.
In the future, expect to see a continued return of racial segregation in America led by (mostly white) blankslatists who, in a great show of cognitive dissonance, don’t believe race is real. The era of being judged by the content of your character rather than the color of your skin is over, killed by those blankslatists who cannot abide merit. And in the meantime and for at least a generation or two, the Asian, White, Hispanic, Black gaps will continue to exist, in that order, no matter how loud the racists are screeching about structural racism (which only exists thanks to them doing it).