The Truth About Race and Intelligence
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, October 13, 2023
Breaking the most destructive taboo.
A lot of things I know I figured out for myself. Fire is hot; ice is cold.
A lot of other things I take on trust. A molecule of lead has 82 electrons.
I have no idea how anyone figured that out, but I believe the scientists. Also, since I have no evidence to the contrary, it’s easy to believe the scientists.
Sometimes, though, we’re supposed to believe things even though all the evidence says, “No, that’s not true.” We’re supposed to believe that the average black American is just as smart as the average white American. There is no evidence for this. All the evidence says no. Anyone who believes this has a lot of explaining to do.
Yes, there are some black people who are smarter than you and me put together, but that doesn’t change the averages.
There are women who are taller than most men, but no one would be so stupid as to claim that means the average woman is as tall as the average man.
Intelligence is, by far, the most carefully studied psychological trait. Any expert will tell you there is such a thing as intelligence, genes have a lot to do with it, IQ tests measure it, the tests aren’t racially biased, and IQ scores can predict how well people do on things that require brains. If you don’t believe these things — and there are still millions of people who don’t — you are hopelessly out of touch.
Any modern textbook, like this one from Cambridge University Press — out just this year — leaves no doubt. Even relentlessly lefty Wikipedia, in its article on IQ classification doesn’t dispute these findings.
Wikipedia even knows there are racial differences in IQ.
“A 2001 meta-analysis of the results of 6,246,729 participants tested for cognitive ability or aptitude found a difference in average scores between black people and white people of 1.1 standard deviations.”
That’s a fancy way of saying that in America, whites have an average IQ score of 100 and blacks have an average of 85.
This is like the atomic weight of lead: established fact. And unlike the atomic weight of lead, it’s confirmed everywhere you look.
That 15-point difference is hugely important. Linda Gottfredson of the University of Delaware explains it in this graph. Those two bell curves represent the distributions of IQ scores for American blacks and whites. The curve for whites is on the right and the SIP curve for blacks is on the left.
Along the bottom are IQ scores, from 70 to 130. Here are the IQ scores that will be most common for blacks, 80 to 90. At these levels of intelligence, you can do jobs like assembler in a factory, food service, nurse’s aide. That’s where you would expect to find the most black workers. What level of intelligence does it take to be an attorney, chemist or company executive? You need an IQ of 125 or better. Look at the two curves at that level of IQ. A white person is 30 times more likely than a black person to have an IQ that high.
And five times more likely than a Hispanic. East Asians, on the other hand, are twice as likely as whites to have IQs of 125 or higher. But this means you can’t get a representative number of blacks in top jobs — unless you lower standards.
And look at this range of IQs. It is dominated by blacks.
These are people who are a lot more likely to be poor, unemployable, and criminals. Don’t these distributions of IQ fit perfectly with what you see around you and in the news?
Here’s a real-world example: math standardized test scores from 1978 to 2020 for 13-year-olds.
Whites do better than Hispanics and Hispanics do better than blacks. Asians — not shown here — do better than whites. For the last few years, there have been more than 13,000 school districts in the US.
Have you heard of even one where the grades didn’t fit this pattern?
Nations show the same pattern. Here is a map of the world of gross national income per capita.
Look at where the white people live. Those countries are colored black, meaning they’re rich. Look at Africa. Light colored, meaning poor. Latin America, where Hispanics are from, is in between.
In all that vast area south of the Sahara, before outsiders arrived, no one had discovered the wheel or made a calendar or invented even the simplest mechanical device.
No one domesticated an animal or built a two-story house.
No one in black Africa invented writing. Ancient Meroitic script, which was used in Nubia, was adapted from Hieroglyphics.
Ge’ez, which is used to write Ethiopian, was modeled on a South Arabian script.
There is something called Nsibidi from Nigeria, but it’s called proto-writing, used as much for decoration as for communication.
This is the level at which most blacks were living South of the Sahara when Arabs and Europeans first arrived.
Black Africans never built anything remotely like these buildings.
Go to any art museum and look at the African section.
It’s right across the hall from pieces like this.
Some people tell you Africa is poor and undeveloped because it was colonized. Do they really believe these folks would have discovered electricity and built cars if Europeans hadn’t come along?
All-black Haiti became independent in 1804, just 28 years after the United States.
It’s worse off than many black African countries that were colonized and run by whites.
Rhodesia was wealthy when whites were in charge.
Ever since blacks took over and renamed it Zimbabwe, it’s gone downhill.
Whites made South Africa the richest country on the continent.
Now that blacks run it, they can’t keep the power on.
Railroads are so badly managed that people steal the rails — and look what happens.
All this is consistent with tested IQs in Africa of about 71.
Experts think that with proper nutrition, the African IQ would be an extrapolated figure of 80.
Brain size has a correlation of about 0.3 with intelligence and as this article explains, East Asians have, on average, about 17 cc more brain than whites, who have about 80 cc more, on average, than blacks.
You would never guess it from reading the news, but psychologists agree that American blacks are less intelligent, on average, than American whites. The only question is whether it’s due to genes or environment. The authors of this paper decided to ask experts who publish articles about intelligence in academic journals.
Eighty-six replied, all anonymously.
As you can see, over on the left, 14 said the difference was 100 percent due to environment.
But all the rest — 72 of them — said genes had something to do with it. The most common answer was a 50:50 split between genes and environment, but the third most common answer, over towards the right, was that environment accounts for only 20 percent of the difference. That would mean 80 percent is genes.
To repeat: There was no disagreement about the difference in average intelligence. Only about how much of it is genetic.
Some people claim that if only black children grew up in better environments they’d be as smart as white children. That’s been looked into. The Minnesota Transracial Adoption Study ran from 1975 to 1985, and followed black children adopted by middle-class white families.
The goal was to prove that environment trumps genes, so there was much rejoicing when the black adopted children were found to have an average IQ of 97 at age seven — almost as high as the white average of 100. There was much less joy when the average IQ at age 17 turned out to be 89.
This matches perfectly with decades of research. The early environment can substantially affect IQ, but by adolescence, people — of all races — find environments that suit their genetic predispositions. Did growing up in white families raise the IQs of the black children by four points, from the national black average of 85 to 89?
Or did the black adopted children drop back to the average black IQ in Minnesota, which is a little higher than the national average? We don’t know, because we don’t know the IQ scores of their parents. Either way, this study strongly supports a big genetic contribution to black/white differences.
It was funded by the NIH, believe it or not.
The government would never pay for a study like that today.
There is a powerful new way to look at genes, called GWAS, or genome-wide association studies.
You sequence the genes of many thousands of people and see which variants are associated with such things as autism, height, or intelligence. We can now make pretty good predictions.
Most of these studies have been done on white people, so the associations between genes and traits aren’t as good for people of other races, but you can still make comparisons.
Here are some rough, preliminary plots, where we see the usual pattern: Asians at the top, then whites, then blacks.
Soon we will definitively know the truth about race, genes, and IQ. We already have the tools. We could find out right now with properly designed studies, but too many people are afraid of the truth. They prefer the fantasy of equality to the reality of inequality.
The consequences of this are terrible. If we insist races are equal, every black shortcoming has to be blamed on white supremacy, the legacy of slavery, white privilege, systemic racism, or whatever name we give to the latest explanation that denies reality. It’s all the fault of white people.
Blaming whites does two things: It teaches blacks to hate us — and boy, do they.
It also manipulates guilty whites into supporting “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” which means taking from whites and giving to blacks. Equal outcomes are not possible, so DEI will never end. We are turning our country inside out — weakening it terribly — trying to reach a goal that is as fanciful as equal representation for women in the National Football League.
Nothing makes sense in this country — crime, poverty, welfare, policing, school performance, urban decay — if we deliberately close our eyes to the reality of race. And, when you think about, isn’t everything I have told you obvious?
George Orwell is supposed to have said, “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Whoever said that was right, and until you can tell the truth in America, it will continue destroying itself.