That Is Racism My Dear Watson

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You would think that being a Nobel Laureate implies that you are an individual with above average intelligence and ethics. But James Watson has proven that statement as absolutely false. Spewing some of the same racist rhetoric as the likes of Margaret Sanger, Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell and Adolph Hitler, James Watson showed us all that he is nothing more than a Eugenics spouting nut. In the infamous interview by the Times Online he is spouting statements dealing with the inferiority of “darker” races, that employers see that all people are not equal referring to Blacks and the fact that he wants to recruit Blacks but “there’s no one to recruit.”

Now the racist rambling of some lab hermit scientist really does not register too high on my racist meter yet, this is a different case since this hermit also happens to be a Nobel Prize winner for helping to discover the double helix in DNA. This gives what he says more weight; therefore people with the White mindset all over the world listen to this man and use his words to give their own racism credibility. Pull yourself up by your boot straps White people tell the Black community constantly, yet a lot of those same Whites who give credence to this scientist are the same racists who are supposed to be color blind employers willing to hire those same Black people. Well I guess that a lot of Black boot straps have just been cut thanks to Mr. Watson.

People are already coming out in droves to say things such as he must have been misquoted or since he could not believe that he said such things maybe the journalist lied. Well they have the whole interview on tape so no one lied and he was not misquoted nor misunderstood. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, a scientist in the study of DNA nor a MENSA member to know that this man is a racist. Freedom of speech is what one person yelled, which I don’t understand how that is relevant. No one said he couldn’t say what he did, he had every right to say it, but that doesn’t mean that people have to like it.

People have called for his apology and of course he gave it without one bit of hesitation saying that he was mortified by the imbroglio. But what is it going to accomplish asking for an apology or him giving it? Is it going to take away the smug content of racists who undoubtedly stand firm behind his statements, I think not. I understand that people will say that those smug racists people are just ignorant.  But that is no consolation to the many people who are, will be and have been maligned by them. Unfortunately, these so called ignorant racists are actually the hordes of allegedly upstanding White mindset individuals who are in the majority and holding all the cards.

I am not shocked by the statements and certainly not surprised that another White person has come out to slander the Black community as this seems to be an American staple. We will always have our Johnny Come Lately victims of racism such as the Jihad screaming Arabs/Muslims and Hispanics who are seen as nothing more than border jumping illegal aliens, but the Black community has never fallen off the racist’s axis of inferiority list. As far as I know we are the only permanent list entry, everyone else seems to enter the list only to be relinquished later such as the Irish or Italians. This is just more vilification of the Black person that has served as a reminder of our original position here in this country. The little regard that is given to Blacks makes me wonder why anyone would be surprised by anything that Whites say or do when Blacks are the topic.

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4 responses to “That Is Racism My Dear Watson

  1. sonofasubservient

    Thank you for this eloquently put opinion. I agree totally.

  2. The Black Sentinel has a translated or somewhat translated as best one can version below the original post. It is super long and I apologize if you can’t make it through the entire thing.

    GARA > Idatzia > GaurkoaJorge Majfud escritor uruguayo

    Breve historia de la idiotez ajena
    A raíz de las recientes declaraciones del biólogo James Watson retomando la teoría de la inferioridad intelectual de los negros, Jorge Majfud hace un pequeño repaso histórico a través de ciertos intelectuales que no dudaban de esa inferioridad en indios e incluso, en la antigüedad, en los pueblos germánicos, «bárbaros y atrasados».

    Esta semana el biólogo James Watson volvió a insistir sobre la antigua teoría de la inferioridad intelectual de los negros. Esta antigua teoría fue apoyada por un estudio en los 90 de Charles Murray y Herrnstein sobre «ethnic differences in cognitive ability» que mostraban gráficas de coeficientes intelectuales claramente desfavorables a la raza negra. Ahora Watson, de paso, ha propuesto la manipulación genética para curar la estupidez, pero no menciona si es conveniente curar la estupidez antes de realizar cualquier manipulación genética. También los nazis -y quizás Michael Jackson- eran de la misma idea que Watson. Ni Hitler ni los nazis carecían de inteligencia ni de una alta moral de criminales. Como recordó un personaje del novelista Erico Veríssimo, «durante a era hitlerista os humanistas alemães emigraram. Os tecnocratas ficaram com as mãos e as patas livres».

    Veamos dos breves aproximaciones al mismo problema, uno filológico y otro biológico. Ambos ideológicos.

    Por sus denuncias a la opresión de los indígenas americanos, Bartolomé de las Casas fue acusado de enfermo mental y sus indios de idiotas que merecían la esclavitud. Es cierto que sus crónicas y denuncias fueron aprovechadas para acusar a un imperio en decadencia por parte de la maquinaria publicitaria de otro imperio en ascenso, el británico. Pero esto es tema para otra reflexión.

    El erudito español Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo en 1895 calificó a de las Casas de «fanático intolerante» y a «Brevísima Historia» de «monstruoso delirio». Su más célebre alumno y miembro de la Real Academia Española, Ramón Menéndez Pidal, fue de la misma opinión. En su publicitado y extenso libro, «El padre Las Casas» (1963) desarrolló la tesis de la enfermedad mental del sacerdote denunciante al mismo tiempo que justificó la acción de los conquistadores, como la muerte de tres mil indios en Cholula a manos de Hernán Cortés porque era una «matanza necesaria a fin de desbaratar una peligrosísima conjura que para acabar con los españoles tramaba Moctezuma». Según Menéndez Pidal, Bartolomé de las Casas «era una víctima inconsciente de su delirio incriminatorio, de su regla de depravación inexceptuable». Pero al regresar a España para denunciar las supuestas injusticias contra los indios, «se encontró con la gravísima sorpresa de que su opinión extrema sobre la evangelización del Nuevo Mundo tenía enfrente otra opinión, extrema también, en defensa de la esclavitud y la encomienda.

    Esa opinión estaba sostenida muy sabiamente por el Doctor Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda [a través de] un opúsculo escrito en elegante latín y titulado Democrates alter, sirve de justis belli causis apud Indos». Una nota al pie dice: «Publicado con una hermosa traducción, por Menéndez Pelayo en Boletín de la Real Acad. De la Historia, XXI, 1891». Ginés de Sepúlveda, basándose en la Biblia (Proverbios), afirmaba que «la guerra justa es causa de justa esclavitud (…) siendo este principio y concentrándose al caso del Nuevo Mundo, los indios `son inferiores a los españoles como los niños son a los adultos, las mujeres a los hombres, los fieros y crueles a los clementísimos, (…) y en fin casi diría como los simios a los hombres’». Con frecuencia, Pidal confunde su voz narrativa con la de Sepúlveda. «Bien podemos creer que Dios ha dado clarísimos indicios para el exterminio de estos bárbaros, y no faltan doctísimos teólogos que traen a comparación los idólatras Cananeos y Amorreos, exterminados por el pueblo de Israel». Según Fray Domingo de Soto, teólogo imperial, «por la rudeza de sus ingenios, gente servil y bárbara están obligados a servir a los de ingenio más elegante». Menéndez Pidal insistía en su tesis de la incapacidad mental de quienes criticaban a los conquistadores, como «el indio Poma de Ayala, [que] mira con maliciosos ojos a dominicos, agustinos y mercedarios, mientras advierte que franciscanos, jesuitas y ermitaños hacen mucho bien y no toman limosna de plata». Según Pidal, esto se debía a que «a esos indios prehistóricos, venidos de la edad neolítica, no era posible atraerlos con la Suma teológica de Santo Tomás de Aquino, sino con las Florecillas Espirituales del Santo de Asís».

    En su intención de demostrar la enfermedad mental del denunciante, Pidal se encuentra con indicios contrarios y resuelve, por su parte, una regla psicológica que lo arregla todo: «el paranoico, cuando sale del tema de sus delirios, es un hombre enteramente normal». Luego: «Las Casas es un paranoico, no un demente o loco en estado de inconsciencia. Su lucidez habitual hace que su anormalidad sea caso difícil de establecer y graduar». Que es como decir que era tan inteligente que no podía razonar correctamente, o por su lucidez veía ilusiones. Bartolomé de las Casas «vive tan ensimismado en un mundo imaginario, que queda incapaz para percibir la realidad externa, que es la desbordante energía desplegada por España en los descubrimientos geográficos». Una confesión significativa: «Las Casas hubiera sido, dada su extraordinaria actividad, un excelente obispo en cualquier diócesis de España, pero su constitución mental le impedía desempeñar rectamente un obispado en las Indias». De aquí se deducen dos posibilidades: (1) América tenía un efecto mágico-narcótico en algunas personas o (2) los obispos de España eran paranoicos como de las Casas pero por ser mayoría era tenido como algo normal.

    Esta idea de atribuir deficiencias mentales en el adversario dialéctico, se renueva y extiende en libros masivamente publicitados sobre América Latina, como «Manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano» (1996) y «El regreso del idiota» (2007). Uno de los libros objetos de sus burlas, «Para leer al pato Donald» (1972) de Ariel Dorfman y Armand Matterlart, parece contestar esta posición desde el pasado. El discurso de las historietas infantiles de Disney consiste en que, «no habiendo otorgado a los buenos salvajes el privilegio del futuro y del conocimiento, todo saqueo no parece como tal, ya que extirpa lo que es superfluo». El despojo es doble, casi siempre coronado con un happy ending: «Pobres nativos. Qué ingenuos son. Pero si ellos no usan su oro, es mejor llevárselo. En otra parte servirá de algo».

    Sócrates o Galileo pudieron hacerse pasar por necios, pero ninguno de aquellos necios que los condenaron pudieron fingir inteligencia. Eso en la teoría, porque como decía Demócrates, «el que amonesta a un hombre ue se cree inteligente trabaja en vano».

    En «Examen de ingenios para las ciencias» (1575), el médico Juan Huarte compartía la convicción científica de la época según la cual el cabello rubio -como el de su rey, Felipe II- era producto de un vapor grueso que se levantaba por la fuerza de la inteligencia. Sin embargo, afirmaba Huarte, no era el caso de los alemanes e ingleses, porque su cabello rubio nace de la quema del mucho frío. La belleza es signo de inteligencia, porque es el cuerpo su residencia. «Los padres que quisieren gozar de hijos sabios y de gran habilidad para las letras, han de procurar que nazcan varones». La ciencia de la época sabía que para engendrar varón se debía procurar que el semen saliera del testículo derecho y entrase en el lado derecho del útero. Luego Huarte da fórmulas precisas para engendrar hijos de buen entendimiento «que es el ingenio más ordinario en España».

    En la Grecia antigua, como dice Aristóteles, se daba por hecho que los pueblos que vivían más al sur, como el egipcio, eran naturalmente más sabios e ingeniosos que los bárbaros que habitaban en las regiones frías. Alguna vez los rubios germánicos fueron considerados bárbaros, atrasados e incapaces de civilización. Y fueron tratados como tales por los más avanzados imperios de piel oscurecida por los soles del Sur. Lo que demuestra que la estupidez no es propiedad de ninguna raza.

    Brief history of the other people’s idiotez As a result of the recent declarations of the biologist James Watson retaking the theory of the intellectual inferiority of the black, Jorge Majfud makes a small historical review through certain intellectuals who did not even doubt that inferiority in Indians and, in the antiquity, in the germanic towns, “Barbarian and slow”. This week the biologist James Watson returned to insist on the old theory of the intellectual inferiority of the black. This old theory was supported by a study in the 90 of Charles Murray and Herrnstein on “ethnic differences in cognitive ability” that graphs of clearly unfavorable intellectual coefficients showed the black race. Now Watson, of step, has proposed the genetic manipulation to cure the stupidity, but it does not mention if he is advisable to cure the stupidity before making any genetic manipulation. Also the Nazis – and perhaps Michael Jackson- was of the same idea that Watson. The neither Hitlers nor the Nazis lacked intelligence nor a high moral of criminals. As a personage of novelist Erico Veríssimo remembered, “during a alemães was hitlerista you humanists emigraram. Tecnocratas you ficaram com ace mãos and ace legs livres “. Let us see two brief approaches the same problem, one filológico and another biological one. Both ideological ones. By his denunciations to the oppression of the American natives, Bartholomew of the Houses was accused of mental patient and his Indians of idiots who deserved the slavery. It is certain that their chronicles and denunciations were taken advantage of to blame an empire in decay on the part of the advertising machinery of another empire in ascent, the Briton. But this is subject for another reflection. The Spanish scholar Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo in 1895 described to as the Houses of “intolerante fanatic” and to “Brief History” of “monstrous delirium”. His more famous student and member of the Real Spanish Academy, Ramon Menéndez Pidal, were of the same opinion. In his publicitado and extensive book, “the father the Houses” (1963) at the same time developed to the thesis of the mental disease of the priest denouncer who justified the action of the conquerors, like the death of three thousand Indians in Cholula at hands of Courteous Hernán because it was a “slaughter necessary in order to ruin a most dangerous conspiracy that stops to end the Spaniards plotted Moctezuma”. According to Menéndez Pidal, Bartholomew of the Houses “was an unconscious victim of his incriminatory delirium, of his rule of inexceptuable depravation”. But when returning to Spain to denounce the supposed injustices against the Indians, “one was with the very serious surprise of which its extreme opinion on the evangelización of the New World had another opinion opposite, also carries far, in defense of the slavery and the charge.

    That opinion was maintained very wisely by Doctor Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda [ through ] an elegant opuscule written in Latin and Democrates titleholder to alter, serves as justis belli Hindu causis apud “. A footnote says: “Published with a beautiful translation, by Menéndez Pelayo in Bulletin of the Real Acad. Of History, XXI, 1891”. Ginés de Sepúlveda, being based on the Bible (Proverbs), affirmed that “the just war is cause of right slavery (…) being this principle and concentrating itself to the case of the New World, the Indians ` are inferior to the Spaniards as the children are to the adults, the women to the men, the fierce ones and cruel to the clementísimos, (…) and in aim almost he would say like the simios to hombres'”. Frequently, Pidal confuses its narrative voice with the one of Sepúlveda. “we can Well think that God has given clarísimos indications for the extermination of these Barbarians, and they do not lack theological doctísimos that bring to comparison the idolaters Cananeos and Amorreos, exterminated by the town of Israel”. According to Fray Domingo of Grove, imperial theologian, “by the rudeza of its talents, servile and Barbarian people they are forced to serve to those as more elegant talent”. Menéndez Pidal insisted on its thesis of the mental incapacity of those who the conquerors criticized, like “the Indian Poma de Ayala, [ that ] watches with malicious eyes Dominican, agustinos and mercedarios, while he notices that franciscanos, jesuitas and ermitaños they do much well and they do not take alms from silver”. According to Pidal, this had to that “to those prehistoric Indians, come from the neolithic age, it was not possible to attract them with the theological Sum of Santo Tomás de Aquino, but with the Florecillas Spiritual of Santo of You take root”. In its intention to demonstrate the mental disease of the denouncer, Pidal is with opposite indications and solves, on the other hand, one regulates psychological that fixes everything to it: “the paranoico, when it leaves the subject of his deliriums, is a entirely normal man”. Soon: “the Houses are a paranoico, not lunatic or a crazy one in unconsciousness state. Its habitual lucidity causes that their abnormality is case difficult of establishing and of graduating “. That it is like saying that was so intelligent that it could not reason correctly, or by its lucidity saw illusions. Bartholomew of the Houses “lives so become absorbed in thought in an imaginary world, that is incapable to perceive the external reality, that is the overflowing energy unfolded by Spain in the geographic discoveries”. A significant confession: “the Houses had been, given their extraordinary activity, an excellent bishop in any diocese of Spain, but its mental constitution prevented him to straight carry out a bishopric in the Indians”. two possibilities are deduced here: (1) America had a magician-narcotic effect in some people or (2) the bishops of Spain were paranoicos like of the Houses but being majority he was had like something normal. This idea to attribute mental deficiencies in the dialectic adversary, renews and extends massively in publicitados books on Latin America, like “Manual of the perfect Latin American idiot” (1996) and “the return of the idiot” (2007). One of books objects of its ridicules, “to read the Donald duck” (1972) of Ariel Dorfman and Armand Matterlart, seems to answer this position from the past. The speech of infantile comic strips of Disney consists of which, “having not granted to the good savages the privilege of the future and the knowledge, all sacking does not seem like so, since it extirpates what is superfluous”. Despoliation is double, almost always crowned with happy ending: “Poor native. Ingenuous what are. But if they do not use their gold, he is better to take it to it. Elsewhere it will serve as something “. Sócrates or Galileo could be made happen through fools, but no of those fools who condemned them could pretend intelligence. That in the theory, because as said Demócrates, “the one that admonishes to a man ue creates intelligent works in vain”. In “Examination of talents for sciences” (1575), the doctor Juan Huarte shared the scientific conviction of the time according to which the blond hair – like the one of his king, Felipe II was product of a heavy steam that rose by the force of intelligence. Nevertheless, he affirmed Huarte, it was not the case of the Germans and English, because its blond hair is born of burns it of the much cold one. The beauty is intelligence sign, because its residence is the body. “the parents whom they will love to enjoy wise children and great ability for the letters, have to try that men are born”. The science of the time knew that to generate man it was due to try that they semen left the right testicle and entered the right side of the uterus. Soon Huarte gives formulas precise to generate children of good understanding “that is the ordinariest talent in Spain”. In old Greece, as Aristotle says, that occurred by fact the towns that lived more to the south, like the Egyptian, were naturally more wise people and ingenious than the Barbarians which they lived in the regions you cold. Sometimes the germanic blondes were considered Barbarian, slow and incapable of civilization. And they were treated like such by the most advanced empires of skin darkened by suns of the South Which demonstrates that the stupidity is not property of any race.

    © Alai-amlatina

  3. Grace,

    I agree with the assessment that stupidity is NOT the property of any race. Thank you for the plethora of information. It was very educational reading. I did try and get it translated as best I could.

    Thanks for the reply.

  4. Wolf

    I agree , Dr. Majfud !

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