Friday, October 19, 2007
In the News
Is anyone else being worn down by the recent incidents of racism and ignorance? Whether it's nooses or name-calling, it seems like every time I turn on the news or open my e-mail, some new incident of bigotry is slapping me in the face. The latest is an incident involving 1962 Nobel Prize winner Jim Watson, a 79-year-old American, who remarked to a newspaper recently that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really." He went on to state that there was no basis for assuming that persons raised in different geographical locations evolved equally and while he hoped everyone was equal, "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true."
Watson has since attempted to backtrack and cannot even believe he made those statements. (Insert blank stare). Please........pulling the AARP card does not excuse this type of statement. I take offense not only to his "research" on intelligence, but as a hard working Black lawyer, I'm incredulous that he would actually tell a newspaper that black employees are not equal to whites. Sadly, I suspect a lot of people feel this way privately, but don't actually voice their opinions.
To that end, I think Yolanda Denise King is right when she said, "Jim Crow is dead, but his sophisticated cousin James Crow, Esq., is very much alive."