Harvard Law Student: Blacks Might Be 'Less Intelligent'
Email on genes sets off firestorm
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 5:11 PM CDT
Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in this Nov. 19, 2002 file photo.   (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)

(Newser) – A racially controversial email by a Harvard Law student is causing a flap after being forwarded to black student law groups around nation. The damning line from the unidentified third-year student: "I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent." The Above the Law blog has details.

Someone at the Harvard Black Law Student Association got hold of it and sent it out, with the author's full name, and it's gone viral. The author—who sent the lengthy email to clarify comments made at a dinner but only made things worse—is in line for a federal clerkship, and now a movement is afoot to block it. "This is going to get ugly," one tipster tells Above the Law.

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matteik
Jun 1, 2010 8:22 PM CDT
This motherfucker of all motherfuckers makes me hate like WHITE SUPREMICISIT. take it to an editor at harvard. spell check it yourself you brainless creature who should not be given the right to exist in public and give opinions. keeep them where the sun does not shine.-check your harvard dictionary for that. Now lets talk to you like you are intelligent white fool. YOU ARE A NUISANCE TO HUMANITY-A WASTED BREATH FROM G-D. The makes me sick. THE TRUTH IS THAT IN ALL AMERICAN SCHOOLS RACISM IS THERE. INTELLIGENT MINORITY STUDENTS ARE PURPOSEFULLY FAILED, BLATATTLY FLUNKED BY PROFESSORS AT STATE AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS. I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO GRADE FOR PROF. IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND THE ARTS AND WAS ASTONISHED AT MY FINDINGS. I SAW THE DISPARITIES BETWEEN GRADES GIVEN TO ASIAN AND BLACKS. WHITE STUDENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY PASSED EVEN IF THEIR WORK DID NOT REFLECT A PASSING RADE. YOU CANNOT FOOL ANYONE WHEN IT COMES TO NON SUBJECTIVE SUBJECTS LIKE BASIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. I AS GRADER WAS ABLE TO COMPARE WITH TEACHERS NOTES. I CONFRONTED SOME OF THESE TEACHERS WHO GOT SO RED AND ADAMANTLY REFUSED TO CHANGE THE GRADES. TRY TAKING THAT TO ADMIN AND SUING, STUDENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING FOR YEARS ONLY TO GET RETALIATION FROM TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION. SOME SCHOOLS DELAY THE FINANCIAL AID OF BLACK STUDENTS PURPOSEFULLY AS WELL AS ARAB AMERICAN STUDENTS. SOMETIMES STUDENTS ARRIVE IN CLASS IF THEY ARE WHITE THEY ARE GREETED BY NAME BUT ASIAN, LATINO AND BLACK ARE IGNORED. THE LIVES OF MINORTY STUDENTS ON US CAMPUSES ARE SAD. SCHOOL IS WHERE ONE SPENDS MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR LIVES. IF CHILDREN ARE BEING ABUSED WE AS A SOCIETY ARE REPULSED BUT NOT WHEN WE MISTREAT REAL HUMAN CONTRIBUTORS TO SOCIETY. IN MOST SCHOOLS TEACHERS WILL IGNORE MINORTY STUDENTS WHEN THEY ASK QUESTIONS LITERALLY WATCHED THIS HAPPEN. ONCE A MEXICAN STUDENT CONFIDED IN ME ABOUT GROUP DEBATE BEING HELD IN AN ADVANCED ENGLISH COURSE. EACH GROUP WAS TO MAKE PRESENTATION. THE GROUPS HAD BEEN SELECTED BY THE TEACHER. ASIANS AND LATINOS WERE PLACED TOGETHER, THEY WERE THE LAST ON LIST TO PRESENT NOT BY CHOICE. AS SOON AS THEY RAISED THEIR HANDS SOME OTHER GROUP WAS CALLED, TOWARDS THE END TEACHER DID NOT CALL AND WHEN ASKED WHY, HE AVE NO EXPLANATION OTHER THAN I AM THE TEACHER AND I WILL GIVE YOU AN APPROPRIATE GRADE. SOMETIMES PROFESSORS WILL LITERALLY MENTION THAT NO MINORTIES MAKE IT IN SCIENCES. HOW THE FUCK DO YOU EXPECT PEOPLE TO LEARN UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. EVEN SOME WHITE STUDENTS ARE AFFECTED BY THIS AS THEYMAY HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE DIFFERENT, THIS CREATES SUCH A VILE ENVIRONMENT THAT DETERS LEARNING, AND KEEPS MINORITY STUDENTS FROM COMING TO CLASS REGULARLY. STUDENTS WITH HIGH GRADES ARE ASKED TO TUTOR, WHEN A MINORITY STUDENT WITH HIGH GRADE HAS TO BEG WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS. ARE THESE SCHOOLS MISSIONS REALLY TO ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY? OR TO KEEP THE WHITE AMERICAN RACE THRIVING EVEN THOUGH HALF OF THEM ARE CLEARLY INCOMPETENT AND GET A FREE RIDE. YOU DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO ROB ANYONE OF THEIR LIFE REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THEIR ORIGIN AND WHY THEY ARE AT THIS SCHOOL. WHY ASK HARVARD TO RELEASE SAT SCORES OF CERTAIN STUDENTS? WHY NOT ALL, MANY OF YOU WILL BE ASHAMED TO FIND AMONG SOME LOW SCORES WERE THOSE OF WHITE KIDS WO GOT IN BECAUSE DADDY MADE A HUGE DONATION OR GOT INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE WOMEN, YES AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DOES NOT APPLY TO BLACK SKIN ALONE EDIOT. YOU WOULD THINK FOR SOMEONE WHO IS AT HARVARD YOU WOULD KNOW HOW TO PRESENT MATERIAL WITHOUT ATTACKING THE INDIVIDUAL, DONT THEY TEACH THAT, SHOULD HAVE ATTEND UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI-YOU GET QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. NEVER GREET YOUR AUDIENCE WITH HEY IDIOTS.I HAVE VISITED HIGH SCHOOLS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND WATCHED THIS SORT OF RACISM WHERE WHITE KIDS WILL BE GIVEN FREE RIDES SO THEY CAN GET INTO GOOD COLLEGES. MINORITY STUDENTS BLATANTLY TOLD , MAYBE YOU WILL MAKE IT IN SPORTS OTHER THAN THAT YOU ARE STUPID-YES JUST LIKE THAT NICE AND RAW. I GAVE THESE TEACHERS MY PIECE OF MIND. YOU KNOW IF YOU TOLD THE OUTSIDE WORLD WHAT MINORITIES GO THROUGH NO ONE WOULD BELIVE YOU, I HAVE SEEN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION BUT NOT QUITE LIKE THIS, THESE CHILDREN ARE OBVIOUSLY SHOWING UP IN SCHOOL, A HUGE STEP AND TRYING AND WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL ALLOW-COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF THESE FRACTIONS OF SOCIETY UNTIL THEY QUIT AND START ROBBING THE NEIGHBORHOOD. HOWEVER NOT ALL POOR BLACKS STEAL THEY ARE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHEREEVER THEY CAN BE HIRED. YOU CANNOT TELL ME WHO OR WHT RACE IS SMARTER. IN AFRICA THE MOST POPULAR MAJORS ARE MATH, ACCOUNTING AND ENGINEERING. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THY FACE HARDSHIP PEOPLE STRIVE TO BECOME BETTER AND TEACHERS THERE CAN REALLY TEACH UNLIKE YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER WHO SE EXCUSE IS WE DONT GET PAID ENOUGH. OH AND THESE ARE WHITE TEACHERS WITH MORE EXCUSES RANGING TO STUDENTS ARE IDIOTS TO I HATE MY JOB. IF STUDENTS PERFORM POORLY IN AMERICA IT IS INDEED A REFLECTION OF TEACHING STANDARDS AND WHO ARE THE MAJORITY OF TEACHERS-WHITE FOLK. YOU GET THE JOBS. I HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH KIDS FROM MANY SCHOOLS AND DIFFERENT MAJORS- IF I CAN DO A GGOD JOB AND NOT JUDGE MY STUDENTS BASED ON COLOR WHY CANT THE REST OF AMERICA DO THAT. I HAVE HAD STUDENTS WHO WERE QUITTING TO GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE FROM ALLL RACES. IF I GREETED THEM WITH STEREOTYPES WHERE WOULD THEY BE TODAY. I MAKE A COMMITMENT TO MYSELF AND THESE KIDS. I DONT MAKE MONEY OUT OF THIS BUT I BELEIVE IN THEM, I DONT JUST PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND EDUCATION I LIVE BY EXAMPLE, I AM ACTIVELY DOING THAT NOT ACTIVELY PRINTING IT ON PAPER TO GET FEDERAL FUNDING. AND THEY ARE WHITE KIDS WITH BAD GRADES WHO CLAIM ON THEIR APPLICATIONS TO TOP UNIVERSITIES THAT THEY ARE BLACK, WANNA GET THAT LIST PRINTED OUT, THAT WONT BE HARD, WANT TO GO CAMPUS TO CAMPUS SEE WHO LIED AND PUSH THEM OUT? THEY CHEAT IN VARIOUS WAYS AND SUFFER NO CONSEQUENCES. I DONT KNOW WHAT SINK-HOLE YOU FELL IN. I HOPE BEFORE LEAVING HARVARD YOU CAN TAKE A CRITICAL THINKING COURSE THAT ASLO ADDRESSES IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH AND AVOID USING STEREOTYPES. BLACK AMERICA MAY LOOK DOWN WHEN YOU SAY THIS KIND OF BULSHIT. YOU ARE LUCKY YOU LIVE HERE WHER THERE IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH-SAY WHAT THIS AINT FREEDOM OF SPEECH-HOW DO YOU LIVE IN YOUR OWN SKIN.
optionhack
Apr 30, 2010 2:37 AM CDT
Lets see... seems to me Blacks dominate in boxing, basketball, football, running and most sports they take on within a generation of entering that sport they might be genetically superior athletes... oh no I am a racist!
Eleutherius
Apr 29, 2010 9:48 PM CDT
This does not appear racist, nor wrong and it is extremely irritating that you're not allowed to say certain things even if they might be true. Just asserting that white people are on the whole the most intelligent is ridiculous and it's good that that attitude is fading. But it is almost as ridiculous, if not equally so, to just assert that there is no genetic link between race and intelligence. Plus, as someone already mentioned, genetic predispositions shouldn't effect how people are treated, hired, or anything. No matter what the genetic facts are, people should be treated based on their actual qualities not the qualities to which they are genetically predisposed.