In The New York Times, David Reich tries to make the case for a soft landing from the implosion of the myth that “race doesn’t exist”:
“In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of “black.” In the United States, historically, a person is “black” if he has any sub-Saharan African ancestry; in Brazil, a person is not “black” if he is known to have any European ancestry. If “black” refers to different people in different contexts, how can there be any genetic basis to it?
Beginning in 1972, genetic findings began to be incorporated into this argument. That year, the geneticist Richard Lewontin published an important study of variation in protein types in blood. He grouped the human populations he analyzed into seven “races” — West Eurasians, Africans, East Asians, South Asians, Native Americans, Oceanians and Australians — and found that around 85 percent of variation in the protein types could be accounted for by variation within populations and “races,” and only 15 percent by variation across them. To the extent that there was variation among humans, he concluded, most of it was because of “differences between individuals.
In this way, a consensus was established that among human populations there are no differences large enough to support the concept of “biological race.” Instead, it was argued, race is a “social construct,” a way of categorizing people that changes over time and across countries. …
I am worried that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one that will not survive the onslaught of science.”
This is a very big deal.
In my own case, I am justified in being angry about it. I’ve been demonized for years as a “racist” and a “hater” for nothing more than rejecting this bullshit orthodoxy. There is an enormous social and economic cost for violating this absurd taboo for the sake of telling the truth.
I don’t hate anyone because they are a different race. I DO resent being lied to. I DO hate the people who consciously tell lies and attempt to intimidate and destroy the lives of other people to advance their blinkered cause of “social justice.” This has always been a true or false question. Either racial differences exist or they don’t. Morality has nothing to do with the subject.
Yes, it will be explosive when the truth comes out. That’s not because it is the truth though. This particular truth was known for centuries in the United States. It is because Whites have been browbeaten for decades into believing that racial differences are their fault and they are uniquely wicked and should feel guilty about it. We’ve transformed every aspect of our society under the Iron Curtain of anti-racism and the coiled spring is inevitably going to snap back in the opposite direction.
The people who forced us to conform our lives to this lie should be discredited.