Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson - one of the discoverers of DNA’s double helix structure - has been stripped of several honorary titles by the laboratory he once headed because he has once again dared to confirm that Africans, as a race, have a substantially lower IQ than other races.
According to a statement issued by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), a Long Island-based non-profit research institution long linked with the scientist, they have taken the steps because of what they called his “”unsubstantiated and reckless personal opinions” expressed “on the subject of ethnicity and genetics” during the PBS documentary “American Masters: Decoding Watson” that aired January 2, 2019.
In that interview, Watson was asked if his thinking on the relationship between race and intelligence had shifted since 2007, when he had famously said 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.”
At the time, Watson has been forced to apologize for the comments, even though they were perfectly true.
In the January PBS show, Watson said that his opinion had not changed “at all,” and said that the variations in the average between blacks and whites on I.Q. tests was due to genetics.
Watson is one of four scientists credited with the discovery of DNA’s molecular structure. He had a long-standing association with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, with him becoming director in 1968, its president in 1994 and its chancellor a decade later. The lab also has a school named after him.
The research center has revoked three titles – chancellor emeritus, Oliver R Grace Professor Emeritus, and honorary trustee.
Of course, Watson is completely correct in his assertions. This reality is that all of sub-Saharan Africa has an average IQ in the range between 59 and 80—and that the average sub-Saharan IQ is around 62.