If you are going to lead a scientific inquiry about the relative
intelligence of racial groups (assuming all definitional problems are
solved and that “intelligence” is a single variable), then there are
three potential outcomes, generally speaking:
1.) W (whites) are more intelligent than B (blacks).
2.) W and B are equally intelligent.
3.) W are less intelligent than B.
Whenever this tired old debate is brought up, the only propositions that are ever introduced are 1 and 2. Grace never mentioned 3. Volokh never mentioned 3. Nobody I’ve ever had this debate with hasever
mentioned 3. It’s because the debate that you’re having isn’t about
science’s ability to measure racial intelligence as a genetic factor –
it’s about the defense of racial stereotypes as something you can’t
disprove and therefore shouldn’t be so damned sensitive about.
And here’s another thing, really: Conducting a scientific study is a whole different undertaking than shooting your mouth off about stupid black people at a dinner party, and I’m about done equating the two in the interests of letting racists off the hook because they use big words.