In general, I tend to stay away from discussions about race and IQ because I find so many of the comments on the subject to be stupidly, thoughtlessly racist and upsetting. Referring to black people as animals or mudpeople or gorillas contributes nothing to any kind of meaningful discussion and quite frankly, I find it tedious and unpleasant. I have no problem discussing IQ differences and gender and noting that men are absolutely the dominant sex when it comes to IQ. None of that requires me to be disgusting and cruel to women. Men are smarter than women is a hypothesis that doesn’t require virulent misogyny to test, any more than there are racial differences in IQ requires racism.
Let’s have a civilized discussion, please.
IQ is ground zero in the nature versus nurture debate – how much of IQ can be attributed to your genes and how much to how you are raised? The liberal ‘education’ industry desperately wants to believe that IQ is largely a function of environment and that teachers have a profound effect on IQ, justifying more and more money for themselves. Liberal, mostly white mothers chucked millions of dollars at the Baby Einstein company on the same grounds – watching puppets sing about classical art will make my baby a genius! All parents want to believe they have something to do with how successful their children turn out to be, but curiously, parents tend to be less enthusiastic when their kids turn out useless or malevolent.
Based on my experience with three children, I think there are lots of things you can do to make the parenting experience more pleasant and fulfilling for both you and your children, but short of gross cruelty, there is little you can do to affect your child’s IQ. Horrific violence and neglect will damage your child, often beyond repair, but short of that, it’s down to genetics, how your children turn out. They have brains that process and analyze information quickly, or they don’t.
Largely nature, then.
But that doesn’t make nurture irrelevant, and one of the most interesting studies I have come across with regards to race and IQ is this one – the achievement gap between black boys and white boys essentially disappears when the black boys have white mothers. It doesn’t matter whether the mother is a foster mother, an adoptive mother, a step mother or a birth mother. If she is white, the black boy will perform at the average, which is an improvement over black boys with black mothers, who perform under the average, very consistently.
If it were only birth mothers that erased the gap, there might be an argument for genetics, but that isn’t the case. There are a few theories as to why white mothers, regardless of their biological relationship to their black sons and regardless of the mother’s educational attainment, marital status or income, are able to produce successful black sons where black mothers struggle. The three most popular theories are:
- White mothers are a lot less violent than black mothers. A black man with a black mother likely experienced much more childhood violence than a black man with a white mother, prompting writer Stacey Patton to ask Are Black Mothers Beating Their Sons Into Misogyny? Recall that serious physical violence is one of the things can lower IQ.
- White mothers speak to their children, often from birth. White mothers think nothing of having a full on conversation with a newborn – Aren’t these socks cute? Yes they are! So nice and warm. Grandma got these for you because Grandma loves you, yes she does! – Consequently, children raised by white mothers have a considerably larger vocabulary and are accustomed to verbalizing their thoughts by the time they enter school. That’s a big advantage.
- Black boys raised by white mothers have a white accent, like Barack Obama. He was raised by a white mother and a white grandmother and his speech reflects that. Speaking with a white accent allows black boys to dodge a lot of the stereotypes that come with speaking a more black identified vernacular.
It’s important to conduct this kind of research and have these kinds of debates, because all of these things are fixable! If the achievement gap between white boys and black boys is down to genetics, there is little we can do about that. But if it has to do with moms who beat the shit out of their sons to such an extent they are lowering the boy’s IQ, well, we need to intervene. We all suffer when women are beating low IQ men into manhood. Nothing good happens there.
If we can predict IQ using genetics, and we can start to verify, at the genetic level, that there are racial differences in IQ that cannot be explained by environment, we can start developing the technologies we need to tackle those issues. Of course, this will require the ideologues on the left to accept that race (like gender) is not a social construct, and has a solid grounding in biological reality. I would love for leftist zealots to go and tell everyone on the bone marrow wait list that race is merely a social construct and there is no need to encourage black people to register in particular.
There are 538 genes linked to intelligence. If those genes are also linked to a particular gender, and a particular race, well then the left can begin weeping and we can begin restoring our gratitude for A C T G, and get back to asking the important questions:
Have white men earned their position at the top of the hierarchy?
And what is your fair share of what some one else has earned?
I really want to know.
Lots of love,