For Whom the Bell Curves: Harvard Law Student Says Blacks Are Dumber Than Whites; Black Harvard Professor Agrees

Roland Fryer

A recent email by Harvard law student Stephanie Grace allegedly asserts, “I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.” According to the Harvard Crimson newspaper’s blog, this email was forwarded to black law student associations across the country.

Our outrage over the student’s political incorrectness aside, are African-Americans less intelligent than whites? As an African-American who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics with the second-highest grade point average in his class at Harvard, I would have to say, Yes. Because the hypocrisy on the part of black Americans is stunning and self-defeating: Black Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer has written a research paper stating that African-Americans are less intelligent than whites.

In “Testing for Racial Differences in the Mental Ability of Young Children,” Fryer writes that “the results of our analysis do not preclude a possible role for a genetic contribution to racial differences in intelligence for a number of reasons.” He goes on to give three arguments in favor of the “genetic story” that the difference in IQ between blacks and whites comes down to A, C, T, and G.

Instead of being excoriated by blacks, Fryer is celebrated, with black Harvard alumna Soledad O’Brien even interviewing Fryer for her CNN series, Black in America; she calls Fryer a “great guy.” Fryer’s family sold crack, and he personally sold marijuana, stole money from McDonald’s, and nearly murdered a white man. At a meeting organized by Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree about reducing the number of young black men in prison, the 1,000-person, mostly black audience convulsed with laughter when Fryer joked that he once thought of going into the pharmaceutical industry, street-side.

Imagine the uproar by blacks if a white professor had made a joke about having once poisoned black children.

This is not the only area where African-Americans exhibit an appalling tolerance when the offending individual is black:

A black former peddler of crack cocaine gets rewarded by becoming the driver and then the “gatekeeper” of the black governor of New York―who also used cocaine “a couple of times”.

Another former Harvard law student writes, “Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man,” and freely admits to using “blow”. But it’s okay because he is the first African-American president of the United States. Black siren Beyoncé Knowles even glamorizes gangsters in song: I need a soldier: Gotta know to get dough, and he betta be street.

Imagine if a white man, an aide of the governor of Maine or Vermont, had choked a black woman, or shotand killed a black Harvard student. Black preacher Al Sharpton would have been hosting press conferences in Harvard Yard within hours. Sharpton, whose clout in the African-American community is such that he can convene “black leadership summits,” despite having been caught on videotape discussing a major cocaine deal with a man he did not realize was an undercover cop.

In Sharpton’s defense, he may have been considering a run for mayor of D.C.

Should the Harvard law student be expelled for her stupid, offensive, and easily refuted views? Certainly. But more harmful than the email is the contemporary African-American community’s customary cowardice―the Harvard Black Law Students Association “has not taken an official stance” on the email that implies blacks are Untermenschen―and its propensity to elevate monsters and call them heroes. That’s simply “precious.”

I realize one should not throw stones, particularly when the glass housing market is in a slump. The Black Panthers sold marijuana to fund their early escapades, and Malcolm Little was a lost soul. But the point remains: When African-Americans blame whites for the destruction of black America, while extolling blacks who embody, or participated in, that destruction, one can only question their intelligence.

Jonathan David Farley

Jonathan David Farley is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Institut für Algebra of Johannes Kepler Universität Linz in Linz, Österreich.

Crossposted with Huffington Post with the author’s permission.


  1. Mary Block says

    This is such a scary and charged issue. I run a business serving the public & honestly I cannot tell you how much more pleasant transactions are with any one other than Blacks…In fact when they are polite…I am SHOCKED. I think it must be faced that culturally there are differences in rearing that affect Blacks forever. I watched a mother the other day.. tell a 2year old.. a stunning gorgeous child..that anyone would be blessed to have…. when he would run around like crazy…she would tell him he was bad&that she wished she never had him….I was going to kill myself at work…like really kill myself. When I asked had she ever taken him to the park…She looked at me like the word ‘Park’ was Mandarin for something else. This gorgeus child will be in juvenile hall by 10years old&no one will know why, but the damage she is doing will never be reversed.
    Unfortunately, not unlike the child I described above…lots of Black kids are not planned…the proverbial MISTAKE…if you will. Let’s be clear, when your parent(the sperm donors are usually long gone)does not want you around…you go into the street to be with your HOMIES&form GANGS..or you are constantly doing whatever any guy wants you to do…as you look for some comfort and love and acceptance from anyone…and your a TEEN MOTHER…None of this stuff just happens. Black parents need to own the fact that THEY are the ISSUE for the educational divide…why we as a group are behind…My mother’s father’s parents were slaves then share croppers…He himself could not read or write.. but he was from a time where the family worked together…His mom was summa cum laude at NYU…It is doable..if you have parents that are interested in you…It is not the school system in the inner city that is failing Black kids…their own parents are failing them. An illeterate, who could only sighn his name sent his only daughter to one of the top universities in the WORLD..How? By being an involved parent. He was also an involved Grandpa&a day does not go by that I don’t think of his sacrifice. Shame on Black parents for not doing their jobs. I am an African American 30something from the suburbs of Virginia..I too had involved parents…I earned my undergraduate degree at 19 from St. John’s University. This is a Black problem…no one must be faced&the CRAP of blaming White men who did horrible things 140years ago is antiquated,retarted, an improbable crutch&a true disgrace to all who sacrificed before us.


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