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Troublesome Sources: Nicholas Wade’s Embrace of Scientific Racism

Posted in Academic Racism, Extremist Propaganda by Jon Phillips on May 28, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, a book by a well-known science writer was published by Penguin Press that seemed to support many of the claims made by academic racists over the years. Because of the importance to the proponents of racism and anti-Semitism of the controversial assertions made in A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, Hatewatch asked Jon Phillips, a graduate student and free-lance writer who studies the history of science with a focus on politics and evolutionary biology, to review the 278-page book and its claims.

Nicholas Wade’s new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, is only the latest in a long line of works arguing that humans can be divided into discrete races, and that between those races, there are differences in behavior, temperament, intelligence, and even political and economic structures. Although the specifics of the arguments change, what remains constant is the idea that white people of European descent are inherently smarter, better, more “civilized” than members of other races, especially black Africans and their descendants. Wade’s work is no exception.

UnknownThis book’s failure as a work of popular science has been well documented by biologists and anthropologists. This review will focus on another problem with Wade’s book, one just as damning as its scientific errors: its uncritical reliance on and legitimization of fringe racist theories masquerading as mainstream biology.

Wade, a former science writer for The New York Times, attempts to fabricate a sense of scientific credibility for his outlandish theories with the division of his book into two very different sections. The first half is intended as a survey of the history and science of research into human evolution, race, and genetics, and Wade supports most of his claims with citations to scientific literature.

In the second, more ”speculative” half of the book, Wade’s claims about human genetics and evolution continue, but the scientific sources disappear. It is in this part of the book, for example, that Wade explains modern history through the claim that “European populations” have a genetic predisposition to “open societies and the rule of law to autocracies,” while the Chinese are inherently “drawn to a system of family obligations, political hierarchy, and conformity.” He posits that white Europeans and East Asians are innately more intelligent than Papuans or members of other “Stone Age societies” because “intelligence can be more highly rewarded in modern societies because it is in far greater demand.”  Although he acknowledges at the outset that these portions of the book are intended to be speculative, in the text he presents these racist, hackneyed ideas as though they are simple facts, uncontroversial and incontrovertible. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Semitic Theorist, Cal State Psychology Professor Kevin MacDonald Now Retired

Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Semitic by Heidi Beirich on February 6, 2014 - 12:18 pm

macdonald2It seems the long nightmare for California State University, Long Beach, has finally come to an end. Kevin MacDonald, author of a three-volume opus on why people should hate Jews and a longtime psychology professor at the university, has retired.

MacDonald’s beliefs have been denounced repeatedly by his academic colleagues, several CSU-LB departments and the university administration. Even so, his books, his political activities with the racist American Freedom Party and his associations with prominent extremists such as former Klansman David Duke have long sullied the campus’ reputation and MacDonald’s department. With the protection provided by academic tenure, MacDonald soldiered on as a greatly despised member of the faculty after his hateful views were exposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2007.

But now, Long Beach is finally free of this stain. According to a post on the neo-Nazi website, MacDonald retired in January after teaching for 30 years. Appropriately, the blog post is a set of congratulatory remarks for MacDonald made by Holocaust denier Mark Weber at a Jan. 25 gathering. Weber laments that MacDonald “has been smeared and vilified by influential Jewish-Zionist organizations” and their “non-Jewish lackeys.” Weber adds, “Happily for us and for humanity, MacDonald has not let that slow him down.”

What humanity, and especially the students at Cal State Long Beach, really have to celebrate today is that MacDonald will no longer have an academic veneer to obscure what is nothing but a body of vile, anti-Semitic work and a sordid side career advancing the cause of white supremacy.


White Nationalist Academics to Gather This Weekend for H.L. Mencken Club Annual Meeting

Posted in Academic Racism, White Nationalism by Ryan Lenz on November 1, 2013 - 4:23 pm

When it formed six years ago, the founders of the H.L. Mencken Club envisioned a simple forum for the “intellectual right” to be filled with “young thinkers and activists” ready to tackle the tough issues confronting the country. In reality, though, the club was a gathering place for the country’s most prominent white nationalists.

And this weekend, the Club is at it again, gathering to discuss topics ranging from the state of immigration in the United States, to the so-called war on masculinity and the traditional family.

Speakers at this year’s conference, which is being held at “a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport,” according to the website, include John Derbyshire, the white nationalist fired from the National Review for writing a piece for a separate publication suggesting that white and Asian parents should warn their children that black people pose a threat to their safety. He plans to give a speech with the puzzlingly bland title, “Politics and Intelligence.” William Regnery, who founded the racist journal The Occidental Quarterly and co-founded the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, is scheduled to give a presentation titled “Thrown Off the Bus.”

Stephen Baskerville is also speaking this year. Baskerville is an associate professor of government at Patrick Henry College and a former research fellow at the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. One of the Howard Center’s most prominent projects is its anti-LGBT World Congress of Families (WCF), which recently held a planning committee meeting in Moscow for its 2014 gathering there. The WCF has been extremely busy globalizing homophobia and supporting anti-LGBT laws abroad. Baskerville is the second person from Patrick Henry College to address the gathering. The first was Gene Veith, the college provost and literature professor who spoke in 2009. ( continue to full post… )

Pioneer Fund Assets Divided; New Leadership Appointed

Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Black, Extremist Propaganda by Heidi Beirich on October 22, 2013 - 11:43 am

In October 2012, Jean-Philippe Rushton, a Canadian psychology professor and probably the most important race scientist in North America, died of cancer. At the time of his death, Rushton was running the Pioneer Fund, a grant-making entity founded in the 1930s by Americans with Nazi sympathies. In recent decades, Pioneer has been the only major foundation devoted to subsidizing race science and eugenics research, areas of science that are now fully discredited.

Under Rushton, the Pioneer Fund gave out very few grants, concentrating its disbursements on prominent race scientists such as Jared Taylor of the white nationalist group, American Renaissance. Rushton also headed the Charles Darwin Research Institute, located in Port Huron, Mich., an online outfit that distributed his racist research. Rushton’s most infamous study concluded that brain and genital size were inversely related, suggesting that black people are less intelligent than whites and more highly sexualized. Sometime in the last year, the website for the Charles Darwin Research Institute went offline. ( continue to full post… )

Leading Race ‘Scientist’ Dies in Canada

Posted in Academic Racism by Don Terry on October 5, 2012 - 11:35 am

Jean Philippe Rushton, a psychology professor and probably the most important race scientist in North America, died of cancer Tuesday night in Canada. The man who sparked a firestorm of controversy and protest in the late 1980s with his theories about the correlation between genital size and intelligence, and in later years was the head of a right-wing fund that has long supported the research projects of academic racists from around the world, was 68.

“He’s the end of an era of academic racists of his style and notoriety,” Barry Mehler, professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism at Ferris State University in Michigan, said today. “I don’t think we’ll see that again.’’ ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Semitic California Prof Now Attacking Black People With Lies

Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Black by Mark Potok on April 3, 2012 - 2:16 pm

In one of the more volatile recent periods of racial unrest in this country, some of the most inflammatory incitement is coming from an odd little corner of academia.

An influential, tenured university psychology professor is on the airwaves claiming Trayvon Martin was a “thug,” a “hoodlum” and a drug dealer who was shot while he was suspended from high school after being caught with stolen jewelry and a tool used for “breaking and entering.” California State University, Long Beach, Professor Kevin MacDonald made these and other allegations about the slain teen on David Duke’s nationwide radio program yesterday morning. ( continue to full post… )

Ousted Bronx Principal Asks Racists to Support his Libel Suit

Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on March 9, 2012 - 8:18 am

Frank Borzellieri is making a “desperate appeal” to supporters of the academic racist group American Renaissance to back his legal defense fund. Borzellieri was fired last August from his post as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx after his connection to American Renaissance and his racist views were made public by the New York Daily News. His opinions were deemed “incompatible” with Catholic teachings by the Archdiocese of New York.

In 2004, Borzellieri wrote a book, Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies, in which he declared “diversity is a weakness” and claimed that rising black and Latino populations in America will lead to a “New Dark Age.” He had spoken at American Renaissance conferences and been published in its newsletter, which argues that blacks and Latinos are inferior to whites.

While serving as principal for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, Borzellieri reportedly pushed to ban a biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., remove an openly gay teacher and gay-rights activist from the classroom at Public School 199 in Sunnyside and bar school employees from making any references to homosexuality. He also introduced a resolution calling for students to be taught that U.S. culture is superior. ( continue to full post… )

Invited White Nationalist to Speak to Federalist Society Friday

Posted in Academic Racism, White Nationalism by Heidi Beirich on February 3, 2011 - 5:23 pm

The Dallas chapter of the conservative legal group, The Federalist Society, is holding a debate Friday on “Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants.” Participating on the panel is prominent white nationalist Peter Brimelow, who runs the anti-immigrant hate site Also on the panel are Jim Ho, a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk and former Solicitor General for the State of Texas and University of Texas School of Law Professor Lino Graglia, who the Federalist Society announcement describes as “one of the most conservative law professors in America.”

Brimelow is a remarkable choice for such a panel given his unrelenting hostility towards immigrants, in particular those with dark skin. In 1995, for instance, he published Alien Nation, a book that argued that America is historically white-dominated and should stay that way. Although the book was well reviewed in some places, it included strong veins of racism and xenophobia. In its pages, Brimelow described the role of race in society as “elemental, absolute, fundamental.” He said that white Americans should demand that U.S. immigration quotas be changed to allow in mostly whites. He argued that spending tax dollars on anything related to multiculturalism was “subversive.” He called foreign immigrants “weird aliens with dubious habits.”

At one point in the book, he compared an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room to walking into a New York City subway — “you find yourself in an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.” In 1997, Brimelow warned that by 2008 the GOP would no longer be able to compete in presidential elections because the racial makeup of the electorate would be changed by non-white immigration. ( continue to full post… )

Founding Fathers on Facebook Hijacked by the Radical Right

Posted in Academic Racism by Robert Steinback on October 26, 2010 - 9:49 am

The Founding Fathers as white racist poster boys?

Do a Facebook page search of the name Thomas Jefferson, and the very first listing that will appear is Thomas Jefferson – American. You can click to join 11,753 people who “like” the page.

Well, congratulations. You just signed onto fan pages sponsored by the racist National Policy Institute (NPI), a think tank dedicated to the preservation of America as a nation of, for and dominated by white people. NPI has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group since publishing heir William H. Regnery founded it in 2005. ( continue to full post… )

Paleocon Starts New Extreme-Right Magazine

Posted in Academic Racism by Larry Keller on March 15, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Hard to believe there’s a need for yet another far-right magazine or conference, but now there are both. Richard Spencer, who was editor at “Taki’s Magazine,” an online paleoconservative magazine, is now executive editor of a new online magazine called “Alternative Right.” He calls this venture “an online magazine of radical traditionalism” that hopes “to forge a new intellectual right-wing that is independent and outside the ‘conservative’ establishment.” It also is loaded with contributors who, like Spencer, have long lamented the white man’s decline.

Meanwhile, Joseph Farah, founder of the conspiracy-laden WorldNetDaily website, says he is organizing a conference to be held in September called “Taking America Back.” Farah says the conference is a response to what he describes as the shabby treatment accorded him by the director of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was held last month. “This one is about the ultimate issues of God, the Constitution, the tea-party uprising, freedom and justice,” Farah wrote in a WorldNetDaily commentary.

At “Alternative Right,” Spencer’s senior contributing editors are Peter Brimelow and Paul Gottfried. Brimelow founded, an anti-immigrant website, and he has described “Alternative Right” as a project of the VDARE Foundation. Gottfried has been a contributor to “Taki’s Magazine” and has spoken at conferences of the white nationalist American Renaissance magazine, whose editor has written that black people are incapable of sustaining any kind of civilization. Gottfried gave a speech at the inaugural meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club in November 2008 titled, “The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right.” Brimelow was the keynote speaker at that event, and Spencer the master of ceremonies. Spencer and Gottfried also appeared together last October on “The Political Cesspool,” a racist and anti-Semitic radio program.

One of the bloggers at “Alternative Right” is Richard Hoste, who recently wrote that “low-IQ Mexican immigration is the greatest threat to America.” He also wrote: “Schools should stop wasting time trying to close achievement gaps. And not only do whites have nothing to feel guilty about, they are the best thing to ever happen to blacks. Even ignoring race, humanity will not move forward through equality or by raising up the really stupid to the level of just plain stupid.” Finally, Hoste had this pithy observation: “While there’s more miscegenation [interracial sex] than in the past … we should be heartened that white teenage girls aren’t passing themselves around in black neighborhoods.” ( continue to full post… )