The Context of Correctness: A Comment on Rushton

Andrew Winston
1996 Journal of social distress and the homeless  
According to Philippe Rushton, the "equalitarian fiction, "a "scientific hoax" that races are genetically equal in cognitive ability, underlies the "politically correct" objections to his research on racial differences. He maintains that there is a taboo against race unequaled by the Inquisition. I show that while Rushton has been publicly harassed, he has had continuous opportunities to present his findings in diverse, widely available, respectable journals, and no general suppression within
more » ... ademic psychology is evident. Similarly, Henry Garrett and his associates in the LAAEE, dedicated to preserving segregation and preventing "race suicide," disseminated their ideas widely, although Garrett complained of the "equalitarian fiction" in 1961. Examination of the intertwined history of Mankind Quarterly, German Rassenhygiene, far right politics, and the work of Roger Pearson suggests that some cries of "political correctness" must be viewed with great caution. We geneticists and racial hygienists have been fortunate to have seen our quiet work in the scholar's study and the scientific laboratory find application in the life of the people. --Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer (1939, quoted in Proctor, 1988 Scientific theories do not cause people to commit murder.--J. P. Rushton (1995a, p. 256) 1Preparation of this paper was not supported by any grant, foundation, political, or religious organization. 2Professor of Psychology at the University of Guelph, specializing in the history of psychology and psychological aesthetics. 3Correspondence should be directed to
doi:10.1007/bf02088001 fatcat:t74cfho2q5f4rnhls2b5x4vs6m