"But I do think that, when one bothers to examine the connotation as well as the denotation of "racist", saying "even a true statement can be racist" passes silently over a huge social and scientific problem that, however conveniently buried out of sight for now, will probably not stay buried for much longer."
Am I mistaken in suggesting that there is a preassumption here: that science has something to tell us that will be problematic? Specifically that, were a non-culturally biased IQ test developed, thoroughly tested by a multicultural battery of scientists and then applied...that blacks (or group X) would test lower. Shouldn't such a comment be formulated as: "IF there is an innate difference, THEN we have a huge social and scientific problem..." etc
IF there is no innate difference, THEN we have no scientific problem, but indeed a social one--dealing with those who have used the politics of racial inferiority for centuries to deny a people their due. But either way, wasn't that missing, Erich?
Personally, if such a gap exists, the more we know about it the better. I don't believe that knowledge is ever a really bad thing, and lies eventually trip you up.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Posted by Steven Barnes at 11:41 AM