** Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com**** **

It would help lower the temperature of all this civil rage and rancor, or at any rate make black people less useful as pawns, if we could get some widespread acceptance for race realism.

Sub-Saharan Africans, and their descendants in the New World, are a local variety of our species *homo sapiens*. That they present their own particular statistical profile on heritable characteristics—which includes traits of behavior, intelligence, and personality—is deeply unsurprising. So do dog breeds; and what *artificial* selection in dogs has generated over a few hundred years, *natural* selection among humans could certainly accomplish in several hundred thousand years.

That's all familiar stuff to VDARE.com readers. Is there any chance of race realism taking hold in society at large?

Not if the *New York Times* has anything to say about it.

Currently defending the citadel of race denialism at the *Times* is one Amy Harmon [Tweet her] bylined as "a national correspondent … covering the intersection of science and society."

Ms. Harmon recently contributed two pieces for the *Times* on the shortage of black mathematicians.

__February 18th__she profiled a black mathematician who feels he don't get no respect from his peers:*For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’.*__February 20th__she expanded to a general theme about how "bigotry," "racial exclusion," "unconscious bias," and so on, keep blacks out of math:*What I Learned While Reporting on the Dearth of Black Mathematicians..*

I can speak with some modest authority to this. Touring around colleges to promote __one of my math books__ (*Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematic**s*) fifteen years ago I could generally find, at any given college, one member of the math faculty who was a kindred spirit and would speak honestly to me.

I should explain, on the slight chance that there are VDARE.com readers who don't know it, that American college faculties lean far, far Left.

I was working for *National Review* at the time and was introduced in colleges as a *National Review* contributor.

That was too much for some of the faculty. They thought it outrageous that their campus should be blighted by the presence of someone from a bigoted, fascistic, hate-filled, neo-Nazi outlet like *National Review*.

No, stop laughing; I am not making this up.

As I said, though, there was generally at least one closet conservative in the math department. At the first opportunity, he would invite me into his office, carefully close the door, pour me a drink, and unload on the particular variety of far-Left campus craziness prevailing at his institution.

To be fair to these poor beleaguered souls, their strongest frustrations were directed not at their colleagues, but at the college administration. As far Left as faculty generally are, college administrators are *way* farther. I heard some grisly stories.

I recall one of these guys—and yes, they were all guys, of course—telling me about his experiences on the hiring committee of the math faculty. The committee was under terrific pressure to hire a black lecturer. But it wasn't easy to find one because of the very tiny numbers of math Ph.D.s.

He said—and I still remember the precise simile he used—he said the colleges "fight like cats" among themselves to get one of those precious blacks.

In her February 20th article, Ms. Harmon gives the number of black research mathematicians as *thirteen*—nationwide—out of a total of eighteen hundred i.e. 0.7 percent.

With blacks at thirteen percent of the population, that is indeed a striking under-representation.

This bigoted racist bias is not just American, it seems. It's world-wide. The math equivalent of a Nobel Prize is the Fields Medal, awarded to just sixty people since it started up in 1936. Not *one* of those people was black.

Ms. Harmon is scientifically illiterate about the causal factors here. She notes for example that there are people—bad people! horrid people!—who posit biological reasons for the disparity. But!!!—

They lack any genetic evidence to explain the gap in average I.Q. scores between white and black Americans that they cite as the basis of their belief.

The answer to *that* is the one that __human-sciences blogger JayMan__ gives: "You don't need to know the name of every worker in the factory to know it produces widgets."

Here's another piece of scientific dumbness from Ms. Harmon:

Having a parent with a Ph.D. is helpful to getting one in math, while black children are less than half as likely as white children to live with such a parent.

Of course, science has no clue—not the faintest hint of a clue! no clue at all!—as to what, exactly, it is that parents pass on to their children.

Most likely it's nothing at all. Those zygotes emerge from conception as perfect little blank slates, right? Only Nazis think otherwise.

Before leaving this topic, let me record my last encounter with a black mathematician.

This was also while I was working at *National Review*. In the run-up to the 2012 campaign, when my coeval __Herman Cain__ was in the GOP field, he dropped by to give us some face time, as GOP candidates all did.

As well as having been born the same year as me, Cain has, like me, a Bachelor's degree in math. He's smarter than me, though, and went on to get a master's in Computer Science. Somewhere along there he worked on math problems for the U.S. Navy.

I knew about this when I met him, so we had some math chat.

What kind of problems had he worked on? I asked him. "Ballistics," he said; "Missile trajectories and such."

Me: "Lotta differential equations?"

He: "Oh, yeah."

Me, a bit sneakily: "__ODEs__ or __PDEs__?"

He: "Mostly Os."

If you don't understand that exchange, just take it from me: for __ballistics__, Cain's answer was the right one.

__I came away impressed with the guy__.

As impressive as that achievement is in a politician, however, differential equations are mathematical grunt work. To be on the math faculty of a good college, you need to be a couple of levels above that.

By a well-known property of the tails of distributions, which __statisticians keep trying to explain__, the proportional differences get bigger really fast out there at the extremes.

*Plus* being a math professor *doesn't pay that well*. If you're a black person with a math Ph.D., there are firms on Wall Street that will fight like cats over you too, offering way more money than the academy.

Amy Harmon doesn't know any of this.

She doesn't know any of *anything* much.

Can someone please put the *New York Times* out of its misery? It used to be a very good newspaper. I remember my first encounters with it, when I arrived on these shores back in 1973. I was impressed. You could spend all day with the Sunday edition, much to your advantage in improvement of your knowledge and understanding.

Now the *NYT * is far gone in decay. Now it is just the propaganda organ of a shallow and false ideology.

Come on, shut the wretched thing down. They shoot horses, don't they?

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