I was going to write a post about race and IQ, but really, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Searching the subject, I came across an article on the website Global Politician, written by a familiar name, Guy White. I couldn’t hope to say what he said here any better, so I thought I’d share it for those who may have missed it.
IQ Differences: Do they exist and can we admit it?
Guy White – 4/9/2008
Last year the Fire Department of New York was sued by the federal government because of the racial gaps between races. No reasons were given to prove that there was any bias, just the fact that blacks did not score as well as whites. The FDNY test was not the only test to show a gap. So did the SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, bar exam, police exams, IQ test – every test of aptitude. All of them are supposed to be racist.
The Consistency of the gap on aptitude tests
But here’s the interesting thing. All of them show about the same gap – what psychometrists call one standard deviation. And all of them show that Asians are about a third of a standard deviation above whites.
Consider how difficult it must be to maintain this gap year in and year out if it were not real, but the result of a conspiracy.
Every year, the test makers must work to make certain that the gap remains the same – and not just one one test, but for everyone from children taking the SAT and AP exams to doctors taking medical boards.
Many of the aptitude tests are developed in other countries, including African nations and their universities who need a way to filter students into their universities and government jobs.
And many of the American tests aren’t uniform nationally. Bar exams given to lawyers and lieutenant exams given to cops are different in every state. Not only are the laws different, but the types of questions given by states are often radically different (multiple choice, short essays, long essays, questions based on knowledge, questions based on logic without any need for memorization).
All those hundreds of tests must be worked out to produce exactly the same bias, year in and year out. The ‘White Racist Conspiracy’ must never falter. It cannot produce a white advantage too big or too small because it would undermine itself and expose the bias in all the other tests.
At the same time, East Asians must score better than whites – again, always by the same margin. The White Racist Conspiracy allows Asians to score higher because … why is it again? If the tests are developed by whites, why are whites failing to score higher than East Asians?
But that’s not it. The White Racist Conspiracy must also make sure that within the races, there must be the same scores for different ethnic groups, and keep it up for all the different tests in all the years.
The Japanese must score higher than native Hawaiians. The Jews must score higher than the Germans (IQ tests were made illegal in Nazi Germany for this reason). The tests must be made so that Ashkenazi Jews score higher than Sephardic Jews; Hong Kong Chinese score higher than Taiwan Chinese; English immigrants from London score higher than English immigrants from northern England. On every test, in every state, every year.
But why? If this is a racist conspiracy, why would white supremacists care who scores higher, those from Hong Kong or those from Taiwan? Why would white supremacists want to make the Japanese score higher than whites, but Hawaiians lower? And why would the undercover Klansmen preparing these tests allow the Jews to outscore everyone? And why would Americans hate Australian Aborigines so much that they would make them score lowest on aptitude tests? Why would Americans hate the Aborigines? What would it prove to give them such low scores?
And why would the white male conspiracy want black women to outscore black men? Aren’t they supposed to be sexist, as well as racist? Isn’t that the reason given to explain why white men outscore white women by about 3-5 point on IQ tests? So why would the sexist test makers allow black women to outscore black men?
Where are the whistle-blowers?
To make sure that hundreds, maybe thousands, of different tests conform perfectly to each other in terms of racial/ethnic/gender averages, and achieve those unfair differences through racist cheating for dozens of years, we would expect that there would be a conspiracy of hundreds of thousands of people over the generations since these tests were implemented.
This raises a question: why didn’t someone blow the whistle? Many people complain that the tests are racist just because they show differences in average scores for different racial and ethnic groups. But who has actually been able to point out the conspiracy where questions were asked with the specific purpose of discriminating? Nobody. Why not? Why is it never even alleged? Only the so-called “disparate impact” is used to indict the test makers.
Why don’t blacks create “fair” tests?
Most curiously, why didn’t blacks come up with a test that is fair? There are many major cities – Washington, New Orleans, Detroit, Camden, Oakland – that have been run exclusively or almost exclusively by blacks. These cities develop their own tests for police, firemen, and other government employees. Why are their tests also show the same exact “bias”? Are we supposed to believe that New Orleans Mayor Ray – This is a Chocolate City – Nagin is part of the racist conspiracy to disadvantage blacks when they are try to get a job or a promotion?
Why don’t black countries develop a fair IQ test? Why can’t even a black racist dictator like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe do it? Is he also part of the white supremacist conspiracy?
Is there a reason why Ray Nagin and Robert Mugabe can’t hire “unbiased” academics? Maybe it’s impossible to create a biased test and keep the results consistent across the board over many years? Maybe these tests are not biased and reflect a real gap? Maybe a test that does not show a gap is the one that would be biased? Maybe, just maybe, the IQ gap actually exists?
Would admitting this gap be racist and upsetting to blacks?
Would it be racist to suggest that East Asians have higher IQ scores than whites? Would it be racist to say that Asians are better educated than whites? Would it be racist to say that Asians have significantly lower crime rates than whites? That they save more and waste less of their income than whites?
So why then is it racist to say all those things about whites as compared to blacks when all the tests and statistics show that these statements are factually accurate?
White people don’t break out in tears when they hear that they have lower IQ than Asians, on average of course. They do not feel that now they can’t go to school or that society is against them. They do not suffer low self-esteem as a result of knowing this fact.
So why should blacks be upset that their average scores are lower?
Our society didn’t break down when we found out that East Asians are on average more intelligent than whites, so why would it break down if we admitted that whites are on average more intelligent than blacks?
Just because we know that Asians are on an average smarter than whites, we do not say that every Asian person is smarter than every white person. Why can’t we admit that whites have a higher average IQ than blacks, while at the same time recognizing that many blacks are more intelligent than many whites?
We can recognize that the fact that the Asian average is somewhat higher, does not mean that every Asian person is smarter. But we also recognize that the higher average IQ among Asians will result in higher average income and education.
The same can be true in the black-white dynamic: we can treat every person as an individual based on his ability, independent of the average score of his race. At the same time we can recognize that there will be an average group difference in income and education that is the result of the average IQ score for the group, not discrimination by evil whites. Recognizing that would mean that affirmative action is an unfair advantage for those individuals who lucky enough to be born into a race with a lower average IQ score.
Why should a black person with an IQ of 100 go to a university that is off-limits to a white person with the same 100 IQ just because the average black person has a lower score than the average white person? Shouldn’t the two people with the same IQ be treated the same way?
What good would it be to admit IQ differences?
This story appeared in the news yesterday:
Officials overseeing the Advanced Placement program have announced that they intend to drop AP classes and exams in four subject areas, in a pullback expected to affect about 12,500 students and 2,500 teachers worldwide.
Following the end of the 2008-09 academic year, there will be no AP courses or exams in Italian, Latin literature, French literature, and computer science AB, said officials at the College Board, the New York City-based nonprofit organization that owns the AP brand.
Mr. Packer said the decision was made principally because of demographic considerations.
Only a tiny fraction of the members of underrepresented minority groups who take AP exams take the tests in one of those four affected subject areas, he said. (SOURCE)
This is what happens when we refuse to recognize aptitude differences. Admitting that fewer blacks than whites or Asians have a high IQ isn’t just a philosophical matter. Courses are cut, tests are butchered, corporations are sued and careers are destroyed because tests show different results for different racial and ethnic groups.
If we admitted that fewer blacks have a high IQ, these AP courses would still be there and the FDNY would not have gotten sued for discrimination (unless real discrimination could be proven). When we pretend that evolution doesn’t produce differences in human populations, we begin harass the company that makes those courses until that company eliminates programs that are desperately needed for the nation’s progress.
Is our nation and the the rest of the world better off without our brightest kids getting the stimulation they need to become great inventors, doctors, professors, engineers and businessmen?
Most importantly, is our nation better off hunting for witches in its own institutions and spending trillions of dollars to work towards the impossible goal of equality of outcome, especially if it means discouraging blacks (of all IQ levels, including the very bright) from trying for the fear of racism while simultaneously inciting them to hate “whitey”? Is our nation really better off this way?
There was a section of the article that I omitted. It wasn’t part of the original piece that Guy White had written, but added later to address the issue of relative lack of East Asian achievement. He makes the point that East Asians have a narrower range of IQ, which is an assertion often made, but I’ve yet to find any studies showing this. The disparity in Noble Prizes in the hard sciences and number of innovations between East and West is probably due to the fact that East Asians tend to be collectivists where Westerners are more individualists, rather than a lack of Asian genius as he proposes.