HBD (human biodiversity) is the sort of scientific racism that Steve Sailer, J. Philippe Rushton, Half Sigma, Guy White and others believe in. They think they fearlessly follow the truths of science wherever they may lead, that their beliefs flow from it by sweet reason – “data, not doctrine”, as one of them put it. But it is just not so.
First, HBD is pseudoscience.
When I read all I can about something in science or history or when I see a new city or country, I am always surprised because things are never quite as you expect. You learn new things, your understanding of the world becomes a bit truer and deeper.
For example, until I saw New York I had no idea that it was so poor – or that Miami was so new, Atlanta so cold, Houston so Mexican or Disneyland so old.
But HBD is not like that. Everything is just as you expect: blacks turn out to be everything white people say they are: more given to crime and sex, less given to intelligence and learning, etc. Instead of deepening our understanding of black people, they remain the same old cardboard cut-outs they ever were.
True science would find surprises, it would challenge old ideas, it would deepen our understanding. HBD does none of that – it merely puts a fresh coat of paint of long words on ideas that go back to the slave owners and slave traders of the 1700s.
Black people compared to white people according to:
- Thomas Jefferson in 1787: less intelligence, more sex drive, more likely to break the law, good self-control
- J. Philippe Rushton in 1995: less intelligence, more sex drive, more likely to break the law, less self-control
The main difference is that Rushtonian blacks have less self-control and more “aggressiveness”. But even that was not some new discovery made by science: it goes back to the 1870s when White Americans began to fear the newly freed blacks, blacks who were no longer slaves, blacks who were no longer under white “control”. It became the excuse for Jim Crow laws and Klan terror. And, in Rushton’s 1990s, to build prisons like mad and lock up black men in record numbers.
The same goes for HBD findings that Asians have more intelligence. Again, it falls right in line with the current White American racist stereotypes – which are themselves partly a side effect of immigration laws that favour Asian doctors, engineers and university students.
Second, they do not fearlessly follow the truths of HBD.
For example, they like to complain about Mexicans coming to America and blacks being favoured by affirmative action. Which are reasonable positions for HBDers to take since they believe blacks and Mexicans have less intelligence. But for the very same reason they should also be complaining just as forcefully about the limits on Asian immigration and how top universities practise affirmative action in favour of whites over Asians!
HBD is just naked white self-interest dressed up as science.