Wednesday, July 06, 2005

[geek] Oh wait... scratch that...

Evidently, Dr. Michael Bailey, the researcher mentioned in my previous post, maintains some unsavory connections. I don't think I'm going to get worried about someone who associates himself with pro-eugenics nutjobs who have, uh, decidedly unconventional views on race, gender and sexuality. From the SPLC link above:

According to a list posted on HBI [ps: Human Biodiversity Institute]'s Web site until last summer [ps: date of article unclear], this "elite" includes:

  • Jean-Phillippe Rushton, a prominent researcher on black genetic inferiority who is president of a pro-eugenics hate group, the Pioneer Fund;
  • Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, which purported to show black and Latino intellectual inferiority;
  • Kevin MacDonald, a professor at California State University at Long Beach who has written several books about supposed Jewish strategies to subvert "Euro-American" culture; and
  • Gregory Cochrane, a physicist who has suggested the existence of a genetic "gay germ."
  • These ideas about race and sex have not been limited to the world of academia. The HBI also includes several right-wing journalists who help popularize their theories — and promote their books. The most prominent cheerleader for Bailey and the other HBI researchers is the man who started the HBI: Steve Sailer, a United Press International reporter and frequent contributor to the anti-immigration Web site, VDARE.com.

    I will, however, worry about the New York Times for featuring this fuckwad on the first page of their Science section... If you feel like being enraged further, John at AMERICABlog has more details here.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Carnacki said...

    Remember when The New York Times meant something? Man, it's standards are worse than some local rag.

    7/06/2005 06:40:00 PM  
    Blogger protected static said...

    I'm willing to cut them some slack on this, but not a whole Hell of a lot - reading between the lines of the coverage on AMERICABlog and elsewhere, it really seems like the NYT was fed this story by Bailey's publicist... But yeah - the Lady ain't what she used to be.

    7/06/2005 08:28:00 PM  

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