This is a very old article from 15 years ago! Damn I’ve been writing a long time! Shawn, an old commenter, just came back, and he mentioned that this article was what first brought him to this site. The version here is the edited version that was posted on American Renaissance. It provoked a lot of angry responses in the comments.
First of all, a lot of them said that when they first read the headline, they thought it was a joke! Ok, that’s pretty funny! The racists get +1 for humor on that one.
Others questioned the whole premise. Still more very much disliked the notion of renorming, though it’s completely sensible.
A few were more thoughtful and said something like, “Well, maybe Black people aren’t stupid after all!” They then went on to offer other suggestions of Black behavior.
A popular one was that maybe Black people just like to live in general chaos and wildness. A commenter noted how one night in New York, he saw Blacks fare-jumping and partying in the streets.
The general atmosphere was one of total chaos and lawlessness and the commenter found the scene terrifying and couldn’t get out of there quickly enough. However, he noted that the ghetto Blacks seemed to be having the time of their lives in this lawless and rather dangerous scene.
I actually think there’s something to this. There’s a Black guy on Youtube who drives around to the worst Black neighborhoods in the US and tapes himself doing so. Somehow he’s remained alive all this time. Don’t ask me how.
I remember one time he went to Detroit on a Saturday night. The scene was totally hopping and you could hardly even drive your car down the street because cars were literally parked in the middle of the street for miles along major roads.
The Blacks were out of their cars partying in the streets. A lot of the men looked something like pimps. I actually don’t mind the look, and I used to wear my girlfriend’s white fur coats on the town. Whites laughed at me but some Blacks gave me the thumb’s up. I guess I was pimpin’. A lot of the women were dressed scantily and while I won’t say they looked like whores, neither did they look like church ladies.
I found this scene absolutely terrifying and I couldn’t imagine myself there, especially as a White guy. I’m sure there were folks killed or wounded by gunfire that night and the police were busy all night. But those Blacks were having the time of their lives, right in the midst of this scary as Hell scene.
I do think that the premise of the article makes sense. There are way too many smart, educated, and accomplished Blacks for a group with an average IQ of 87. However, if we posit that their IQ is not actually 87 but is instead 100 or the same 100 as Whites of 1945, then things make a lot more sense.
Of course, that puts White IQ at the same IQ as 1945 Whites with 115 IQ’s. The Whites are still ahead but there are quite enough competent Blacks to fill quite a few of the positions.
Yes they are scoring lower than the Whites, but if they are smart enough to do their jobs well, I don’t see how it matters. Since the 1960’s we have also seen the explosion of the Black middle class, which now makes up possibly ~50% of Blacks. That doesn’t seem possible for a group with an 85 IQ. For a group with a 1945 100 IQ, sure. That makes a lot more sense.
On the other hand, the pathologies rage on, as anyone who watches the news or reads a paper knows. I don’t know what to say except that whatever is driving that behavior, I don’t think IQ has much to do with it.
The general consensus is that it [the Flynn Effect] is a real effect, and that scores are indeed rising not only in the West, but in the 3rd World as well. From 1925-1995, IQ scores in the West rose about 3 points a decade, or about 20 points. The effect is seen across all racial groups.
There have been many arguments back and forth about this phenomenon. White racists say that the effect is not real and that it is only measuring a “test-taking effect”. That is, as people get better and better at taking tests in our test-taking societies, IQ scores will rise, but it is not a real increase in intelligence, it only shows that people are getting better at taking tests.
What is interesting is that these same racists are the very folks who like to bellow about the “low Black IQ” of 85, 15 points below the White average. They seem to think that this 15-point difference is real. But IQ tests are either valid or they are not. They either measure real intelligence or they just measure some fake “test-taking ability”.
In other words, if the Flynn Effect is fake, so are IQ tests themselves. You can’t have it both ways.
Despite a mountain of increasingly Lysenko-like Leftist opposition to the notion that IQ tests measure intelligence, there is increasing agreement among psychometricians that IQ tests do in fact do a good job of measuring intelligence, and are not culturally biased in any way.
Other racists argue that the Flynn Effect is only occurring on the subtests of the IQ test that are lowest in the g factor. The g factor is a hypothetical factor that is thought to be highly genetic and is considered a “pure” measure of intelligence. In fact, the Flynn Effect has shown its highest scores in those subtests highest in g.
There have been many theories about what is causing the rise in IQ scores. Some suggest better nutrition, which is leading to taller people with larger heads. Others say it is an increasingly technological society, with computers, videogames and cellphones all making people smarter. Others say that the increased availability and quality of education is making people smarter.
Much is made of the present Black IQ score of 85. Racists rant that it is set in stone and use it show why they feel Black societies, including ancient ones, have not accomplished much in their opinion. The 85 score is seen as set in stone for all time. Not only is it the same as it has always been, but it is irremediable, as IQ is, so the racists say, 80% genetic.
First of all, one must understand just what an IQ score really is. An IQ score is merely a relative score, and as scores rise, the tests are regularly renormed at the 100 average here in the US. Therefore, the 20 point IQ rise has been completely masked.
Whites scored 100 and Blacks scored 85 in 1925. In 1995, after a 20 point rise in both groups, Whites scored 100 and Blacks scored 85 once again. Do you follow? The regular renorming of the tests reduced the gains to invisibility.
Further, a score of 85 is not necessarily “low” and a score of 115 or even 130 is not necessarily “high”. With average set at 100, the scores work like this: 66% of the group will score between 85 and 115. 15% of the group will score between 70 and 85 and another 15% will score between 115 and 130. 2% will score below 70 and another 2% will score above 130.
Racists take it further and say that with an average IQ of 70-85 (depending on the region), Blacks are simply incapable of creating decent civilized societies anywhere on Earth.
Instead of simply dismissing this argument, we need to take it on head-on. We need to ask these same racists whether the average White American in 1945 was so stupid that he was doomed to the very same pathologies and failures ascribed to US Blacks today. Surely they will say no.
US culture in 1945 was White culture. Blacks were segregated and kept down. US White culture beat Nazism and Japanese fascism and then built up US society into a first-rate industrial power. Illegitimacy, drug and alcohol addiction, welfare use, and unemployment were low. Educational attainment and health status was good and parenting styles were competent and behavior was widely viewed as highly civilized.
The IQ is US Blacks today is exactly the same as the IQ of US Whites in 1945!
The US Black IQ of 85 today is equivalent to the US White IQ of 100 in 1945, due to a 15 point rise in Black IQ (1995-2005 saw little Black IQ growth).
Which leads us to some painful questions. If US Whites could build, after 1945, one of the greatest Western societies of our time, why could not Blacks, in 2007, do the same? I believe White racism plays some role in Black failure to equal White rates of achievement 60 years before. But there is no way that “racism” can explain all or even most of this failure. Much of it must be laid on Black society itself.
What is fascinating is that we also cannot blame Black “low IQ” for this failure in attainment. That is because Black IQ in 2007 is not low, unless you think Whites in 1945 were stupid.
Equally fascinating is that the Black pathologies above exploded after 1960. This serious pathology, visible for all to see in the Black underclass, continues today. The explosion in these pathologies coincided with a rise in Black IQ in the US of an incredible 10-11 points!
If these pathologies were in any way linked to IQ, we would expect (Dramatically!) rising Black IQ to cause plummets in all of the pathologies bolded above. Instead, as Blacks got smarter, their culture, in many ways, got sicker.
The failure of the US Black underclass, and even the failures, corruption and chaos inherent in many heavily-Black US cities, from Detroit to Newark, may have many causes, but Black average IQ cannot be one of them.
The increase in these same pathologies coincided with the US Civil Rights Movement and the liberation of US Blacks from segregation and the worst of White societal racism. The decades in the interim have seen plummeting levels of White racism against Blacks, in tandem with rocketing Black pathology.
If White racism caused Black pathology, dramatic declines in White structural racism should have seen plummeting Black pathology. Instead, it shot to the skies.
To sum up, neither Black IQ nor White racism are adequate to explain the increase in Black pathologies since 1960, the failure of the Black underclass, and the chaos, corruption and general entropy of many large US Black cities.
Things don’t happen for no reason. When searching for reasons for these Black problems, we need to look further than the usual scapegoats, White racism and Black IQ scores.