A new study notes that race is a social construct and doesn’t exist… but racial differences in body types explain why whites are better swimmers than blacks and blacks are better sprinters in track.
The story’s lead notes that “Scientists have found the reason why blacks dominate on the running track and whites in the swimming pool: it’s in their belly-buttons, a study published Monday shows.”
Duke University professor Andre Bejan notes that runners of West African origin have a higher center of gravity than European runners, which give them a “hidden height” that allow them to move faster on the track.
On the other hand, the difference in the center of gravity gives whites an actual advantage over blacks in the pool, as the larger torso of whites creates bigger waves. At elite levels, we will probably never see black swimming champions. Instead, we’ll get guys like Eric “the Eel” Mousammbani and his performance at the 2000 Olympics, which looked more like when a crowd sympathetically cheers a fat guy for successfully completing a 5K than an elite competition.
Asians have the same aquatic advantage, but because whites tend to be taller, whites will continue to dominate swimming sports.
Now, there’s nothing offensive about any of this. It’s just reality, whether we like it or not. However, lest people think about this too much, Andre Bejan takes care to state that “the study he conducted with Edward Jones, a professor at Howard University in Washington, and Duke graduate Jordan Charles, focused on the athletes’ geographic origins and biology, not race, which the authors of the study call a ‘social construct.’”
So, race doesn’t exist, except when it does, at which point you can mention it, but only if you preface it by saying this doesn’t actually exist.
As overused and lame as 1984 references are, this is as close to an exact example of “doublethink” as you could possibly have.