HA, best story of the year, right here. (Maybe.) The National Review‘s John “Salad Days” Derbyshire, whose opinions closely resemble what his name suggests his opinions might be, recently delivered a lecture to the Black Law Students’ Association of the UPenn Law School about old-timey racial theory, and how he completely believes it. What is wrong with him? Perhaps he was trying to get the brutes all worked up, to prove his point?
Our species separated into two parts 50, 60, or 70 thousand years ago, depending on which paleoanthropologist you ask. One part remained in Africa, the ancestral homeland. The other crossed into Southwest Asia, then split, and re-split, and re-split, until there were human populations living in near-total reproductive isolation from each other in all parts of the world. This went on for hundreds of generations, causing the divergences we see today. Different physical types, as well as differences in behavior, intelligence, and personality, are exactly what one would expect to observe when scrutinizing these divergent populations.
Now, the empirical grounds. We all notice the different physical specialties of the different races in the Olympic Games. There was a run of, I think, seven Olympics in which every one of the finalists in the men’s 100 meters sprint was of West African ancestry — 56 out of 56 finalists. You get less pronounced but similar patterns in other sports — East African distance runners, Northeast Asian divers, and so on. These differences even show up within sports, where a team sport calls for highly differentiated abilities in team members — football being the obvious example.
Game, set, match.
We see the same differences in traits that we don’t think of as directly physical, what evolutionary psychologists sometimes refer to as the “BIP” traits — behavior, intelligence, and personality. Two of the hardest-to-ignore manifestations here are the extraordinary differentials in criminality between white Americans and African Americans, and the persistent gaps in scores when tests of cognitive ability are given to large population samples.
Ha ha, gaps in “criminality” are because of Africa. No real-world factors, like discrimination and oppression. Just Africa. It’s science, and math!
He ends with a little “cheer up, we’re all good at different things you guys!!!!” pep talk after his remarkably racist, 19th-century rant to the black Ivy League lawyers association. Were any operatives there? Did you beat him up with your superior Africa-Hands?
UPDATE: Oh jesus christ… Derb himself wrote a description last week, where he whines for many paragraphs about how the moderator wasn’t fair to him and his fellow racist. DOES SHE KNOW WHAT “MODERATOR” MEANS?Related