"The Inequality Taboo," by Charles Murray, Commentary, September 2005 The Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin originated the idea of race as a social construct in 1972, arguing that the genetic differences across races were so trivial that no scientist working exclusively with genetic data would sort people into blacks, whites, or Asians. In his words, "racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance." Lewontin's position, which quickly became a tenet of political correctness, carried with it a potential means of being falsified. If he was correct, then a statistical analysis of genetic markers would not produce clusters corresponding to common racial labels. In the last few years, that test has become feasible, and now we know that Lewontin was wrong. Several analyses have confirmed the genetic reality of group identities going under the label of race or ethnicity. In the most recent, published this year, all but five of the 3,636 subjects fell into the cluster of genetic markers corresponding to their self identified ethnic group. When a statistical procedure, blind to physical characteristics and working exclusively with genetic information, classifies 99.9 percent of the individuals in a large sample in the same way they classify themselves, it is hard to argue that race is imaginary. http://www.iapsych.com/wj3ewok/LinkedDocuments/Murray2005.pdf ---------- Once we acknowledge that race is an important biological category it becomes legitimate to see how the races differ in average intelligence, as well as in rates of crime and illegitimacy. Light skin does not cause higher intelligence. It correlates with it because cold climates select genetically for light skin and intelligence.