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The Harvard Law Student Email: All That Education And Still Dumb As Hell

May 4, 2010

Last week it was reported that an email from a Harvard Law student, 3rd year, who espoused upon her beliefs that Blacks are intellectually inferior to Whites.  The writer was not identified by name, however the article I read on the Above The Law Blog (a fave) via the HuffPo left identifying hints- enough that if the email wasn’t a hoax, eventually the author would be identified.

The email said, in part:

“…I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. I could also obviously be convinced that by controlling for the right variables, we would see that they are, in fact, as intelligent as white people under the same circumstances. The fact is, some things are genetic. African Americans tend to have darker skin. Irish people are more likely to have red hair…”

“…I don’t think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that African Americans are less intelligent on a genetic level, and I didn’t mean to shy away from that opinion at dinner…”

“…In conclusion, I think it is bad science to disagree with a conclusion in your heart, and then try (unsuccessfully, so far at least) to find data that will confirm what you want to be true. Everyone wants someone to take 100 white infants and 100 African American ones and raise them in Disney utopia and prove once and for all that we are all equal on every dimension, or at least the really important ones like intelligence. I am merely not 100% convinced that this is the case…”

You can read the full email here.

Ultimately it is full of an oversimplified, supremacist perspective on race based purely in glaring ignorance.

The author says it hasn’t been scientifically proven to his or her satisfaction that Blacks aren’t intellectually inferior to Whites.  So who wrote said email?

Here she is y’all. Stephanie Grace. Bless her blissfully dumb self.

First, am I the only one that choked on the words “Disney utopia”?  Is she not aware of Disney’s fine history? [vsw id=”ZmCd0QXTS7I” source=”youtube” width=”325″ height=”244″ autoplay=”no”]

I digress.

Stephanie seems to believe that race is inherent (ahhhh White privilege) which it is not.  Race is a social creation (damn she needs to read a book) created, shockingly, by White people for the purposes of supporting their supremacist ideal and the perception of superiority; intellectual, physical, spiritual and moral.

One could fatten the definition from there, but that’s the most succinct version I could give.  I could recite it with one arm tied behind my back.

That Stephanie has made it this far in life without ever learning this key fact (and key stone in America’s and in deed the world’s foundation) just underscores how much work needs to be done on the social and personal level when it comes to race in this country.  Bottom line, this white sista has no idea what she is talking about. None.

The only thing she accomplished was proving she doesn’t know anything on the subject and hasn’t bothered to educate herself.  She cannot call into question the significance of race to intelligence because she doesn’t even know what race is.  Everything after that is moot.  As a student, she should be ashamed.  She has the tools to get the information she apparently doesn’t need because she’s come to her own conclusion- but she chose not to.  Instead she chose the passive aggressive route:

“…In conclusion, I think it is bad science to disagree with a conclusion in your heart, and then try (unsuccessfully, so far at least) to find data that will confirm what you want to be true…”

Here’s my question: isn’t that what she herself is doing?

There is plenty of data and opinion out there about intellectual inferiority amongst the races.  Go to google and type “are African Americans” and it will finish the question for you: “less intelligent?”

If she wanted the research, she could get it.

I question what type of “science” she is referring to.  Sociology is a science.  Yet in her email Stephanie questions the causes of increased crime rates in the African American community.  She basically says that while crime may not be an inherent trait of Black people, the exact cause eludes her, “scientifically”.  I have to believe based on that alone, she failed sociology.  Again, ignorance outranks everything else.  If she doesn’t understand and accept the science of basic sociology her cultural competency ship is sunk.

The tone of Stephanie’s email basically says “all is right in the world for me, what’s their problem?”

Yet she asks that question while refusing to take off the blinders she obviously cherishes so deeply.

What a luxury.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. The Spook Who Sat By The Door permalink
    May 5, 2010 1:45 pm

    As amusing as it is when people who are blind to their privilege get rudely awakened, it’s hard for me to get worked up over some ignorant white girl who got outed several months after the fact. Especially if the motivation for the outing is personal revenge – which is what this appears to be. I’m sure that many of her peers share the same worldview. They’re just careful (or lucky) enough to not let it get out there. She got busted. Probably she’ll do her public penance and go back to business as usual. Hopefully, she’ll learn something instead.

    What this does make me consider is that even in the “post-racial” twenty-first century, the rarefied air of the ivory tower continues to crank out aspiring judges and legislators who believe that race is real and intrinsic and believe that some races are better than others.

    How many other of our society’s future elites share the same mind set?

  2. Comment 41 permalink
    May 9, 2010 2:06 pm

    Big Steph….

    Desperation setting in??

    Throw anything remotely related to failed ancient rhetroic and see if it sticks

    What name appeared in the “To” box??

    Who is she trying to impress??

    At some point supremecists are going to realize that they have become nothing more than a bad caricature of themselves

    They ain’t got it like they had in ‘1827’, or 1927 for that matter.

  3. Kelty B permalink
    March 26, 2012 1:05 pm

    This would not surprise me. Many law students (wrongly) believe they are intellectually superior to everyone else. And superior in every other way, as well. If you don’t believe me, just hang around a law school for a while.

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