I'll start by saying something that those of you who have have seen me around will already know. I do not pull my punches and I'm not planning on sugarcoating for the sake of being more politically correct. That said let's get on with the subject at hand.
So I'm sure you've heard it a thousand times if you were born in the last 30 years or so, from your parents, from your teachers and from everybody else "we're all the same no matter our skin color" or "it doesn't matter where you come from, we are all equal". We have had this ingrained into our brains form a young age to the point where we don't even question it, or, to be totally honest, to the point where questioning it is frowned upon. If there is one thing history has taught us it's that when a society doesn't even allow for the questioning of an idea there is a serious problem.
Despite this, it's accepted and understood that in most sports black people are physically superior especially those involving some form of running. And, it's good that we can talk about that openly and it makes a lot of sense if you look into the science of the matter.
Now onto a slightly more controversial but still talked about subject, the dominance of Asians in exams, especially those related to mathematical ability. Many people brush this of by saying that this is just a result of the upbringing of Asian kids and the pressure to meet expectations that is so great it leads many a young person to suicide. This is true, but it's far from the whole story. Various studies have shown that even at an early age the average IQ of a Chinese or Japanese kid surpasses that of kids of other races by a considerable margin.
So if we take the research to be valid we are left with no other option but to admit that there is differences in IQ among the races. But that is not the end of the conversation by any means because it’s still leaves the most important question unanswered, if there really is a difference in IQ between races, why does this difference exist?
At this point you’ll probably get two groups pop-up and answer, neither of which hold the entirety of the truth. First you’ll get the neo-nazis come and tell you that “black people are mentally retarded because they're black and that’s all there is to it." Then the the people who think that all races are equal will come and tell you “it’s all due to the difference in food intake across the globe” rightly pointing out that the places with the lowest IQ are also places where malnutrition has been rampant for years.
When closely examined, the first idea falls apart pretty quickly. After all, skin color has no relation to the brain so it can’t be due to color. The second one takes a bit more thinking to find it’s flaws. After all, Central America had much more food than Russia yet when it was discovered by europeans in the 15th century it was grossly underdeveloped and couldn't even oppose the invaders which it outnumbered by ridiculous amounts, even with it’s knowledge of the terrain. If color and and food aren’t the answer, what is? From here on things get fuzzy, but, to make it that bit easier to understand let's go back, in fact, to make a funny reference, let's go back to black.
So let's situate ourselves, we are in the year 100000 b.c, and unless all paleontologists are compulsive liars, we as a species haven’t moved from Africa yet. I must also mention that we are still black, this may not seem important but it will be very relevant later. Somewhere between 100000 bc and 50000 bc a group or various groups of homo sapiens decide they are tired of getting eaten by lions, and this is where are species have its first big split. With some staying in Africa and others leaving.
Now despite Spain being the nearest land it is not the first to be visited, this may have something to do with the fact there was 20 km of water separating it from Africa. For whatever the reasons, humans decide to ignore Europe for a couple of thousands of years and decide instead to settle along the Asian coast and to also migrate to oceania. And this is where homo sapiens first meet other more archaic “humans”, of which the neanderthals are the most primitive. Now many people believe the homo sapiens and neanderthals mated, but since it hasn’t been proven, I'm not going to take that into account.
So a couple of thousand years go by and humans finally decide to occupy Europe and subsequently America (crossing from Russia to Alaska). Now most studies conclude that Europeans and Asians are still black at this point. But through a process of natural selection and changes in DNA caused by the change in diet, we arrive at the ancestors of the present day Europeans. A similar process occurred in eastern Asia, Southern Asia and America leading to the different races we see today.
Now that I am done oversimplifying history, I ask you, if dogs have become so different from one another in both physical, mental and behavioral traits, why is it so hard to accept that the same may have happened in our species? After all, superior or not we are still animals and are not magically exempt from natural selection. Taking a deeper look, you’ll find that it makes sense that these different humans may have developed diverging characteristics since it was probably the more adventurous, more risk taking humans who were the ones to risk it all in search of something better.
The idea of race and IQ being related is not an idea meant to spark racism and, in fact I think, that if given the same access to food, fertile environments and less harsh climates these, the humans who stayed in Africa, would have evolved to the same level as the rest of humans.
Some people would refute all I have just said by claiming that if you take a newborn from a country such as Gabon (average IQ of 65) and raise them the exact same way as Chinese kids. But this is proven to be false by scientists, who have found that 50% to 80% of IQ is hereditary.
As a final, I would like to say that this is just a theory, although I have sourced my information to the best of my capabilities I cannot guarantee it’s veracity. My main interest is just to get a conversation going. I'd also like to say that as the son of a lazy fat black dude and an athletic white mother, stereotypes should not be universally applied. Anyways leave your opinion, counter arguments, suggestions for myTakes, etc.. down below.
Thanks for taking the time to read this myTake.