A recent study found that black children have less grey matter in their brains than white children. They researchers then came to the conclusion that this was the result of the stresses of poverty, drugs, and violence, which was caused by systemic racism. How can you draw that conclusion? It seems to me as if they began with the conclusion, then went looking for the support.

I can think of several alternative conclusions.

  • Cause and effect is reversed. Perhaps it is the lack of grey matter that causes the poverty and violence.
  • Perhaps it is that poverty and violence were caused by something else. Why does it have to be racism, and what supporting evidence do you have?

The study itself said this:

Black children experienced more traumatic events, family conflict, and material hardship on average compared with White children, and their parents or caregivers had lower educational attainment, lower income, and more unemployment compared with those of White children. Black children showed lower amygdala, hippocampus, and PFC gray matter volumes compared with White children. The volumes of the PFC and amygdala, but not the hippocampus, also varied with metrics of childhood adversity, with income being the most common predictor of brain volume differences. Accounting for differences in childhood adversity attenuated the magnitude of some race-related differences in gray matter volume.

OK. So how did you determine cause and effect? Were the black children born with less grey matter than whites? Did the amount of grey matter decline over time? Did you compare black children who were wealthy (say, Jayden Smith or the Obama girls) to white children who were poor, to see if there were correlations there? How about including other races? Asians?

Nope. Instead, the study began with the following assumptions:

Current U.S. Census data show that Black households, on average, have a lower median income, lower educational attainment, and higher rates of unemployment and poverty compared with White households. Moreover, research suggests that Black children are more likely to be exposed to trauma and domestic violence and are more likely to have a parent who died, an incarcerated parent, or divorced or separated parents compared with White children. Additionally, research has shown that Black children live in disproportionately disadvantaged neighborhoods and are more likely than White children to be exposed to neighborhood violence. These racial disparities are not random. Rather, they are deep-rooted structural inequalities that result from a history of disenfranchisement of racially minoritized groups (e.g., slavery, segregation) that reinforce themselves through societal norms and practices (i.e., systemic racism)

(highlighting added)

I was with them on the other evidence. Yes, there is evidence that black children are likely to be poor, have incarcerated parents, and lower intelligence. I agree. What they are essentially saying is that blacks are poor, less intelligent, and more likely to be criminals than are whites, and that there is a biological and physiological basis for this. That’s exactly what I have been saying for years. What I have a problem with is the conclusion that is unsupported by any evidence presented by this so-called study- that it’s white people’s fault.

This seems like junk science with no control group and little in the way of actual, well, science. When I was a teacher, had one of my students turned in an unsupported conclusion like that one, it likely would have received a poor grade.


EN2 SS · February 5, 2023 at 8:39 am

Well, White People and Orangeman Bad’s fault. You have to include Trump, seems everything is his fault. /s

Don Curton · February 5, 2023 at 8:49 am

Since you mentioned the Obama girls, there is yet another factor at play. How do you define “black”. Seeing as how quite a few of the more famous ones are, shall we say, light skinned with white features. The Obama girls are likely 25% white, maybe more.

Do we go back to the one drop rule? Do we just take their word for it? I’d bet a lot of them can’t trace their ancestry back more than a single generation. What if we did a study that proved blacks with 25% or more white blood are a full standard deviation smarter that blacks without the white blood? Would that be racism too?

    EN2 SS · February 5, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    All I can say is, when the money starts being passed out, I’m as black as the ace of spades. Of course, when the money flow starts, that means it will be worth less than the crap it is now. Reminds me, I need a wheelbarrow to carry money go buy a loaf of bread.

Gerry · February 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm

It would seem easy enough to test by examining blacks from different economic groups: low middle and high incomes and education levels. Compare them with whites and asians in the same groupings. Is the difference racial, economic or some combination of both.
Of course they may not like the results the get.

    Divemedic · February 5, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Exactly. The fact that they did not is either sloppy, or it is intentional because the evidence was inconvenient.

Danny · February 5, 2023 at 6:37 pm

I believe we all know that the Africans that were brought to the Colonies (US) instantly achieved a level of existence that was unavailable to them previously. Maybe they were persecuted or maybe they were well cared for. Probably depended on where they ended up. In either case, they realized a new life — and eventually were “set free” to do as they pleased. An opportunity to take advantage of all the North American Continent had to offer.

And what did they do with that opportunity?

Skyler the Weird · February 5, 2023 at 7:04 pm

Couldn’t they go to rural Ethiopia or Niger where white folks are a legend and test the IQ there?

TechieDude · February 5, 2023 at 9:49 pm

That’s some bell curve stuff, right there.

They aren’t stupid and uneducated because they’re poor. They’re poor and uneducated because they’re stupid. We used to recognize halfwits and educate them to were they could function in society. Now, we expect them to go to college and work I. A cube and are surprised to find there’s nothing on the left side of that bell curve but animal cunning an violence.

But what we do is celebrate that silliness for a whole month.

Anonymous · February 6, 2023 at 12:50 am

I’m not a medical professional, but I heard a claim which said skin and brain tissue branched from the same development, and black was weaker when constructing brain. Could be a complete fiction, or could be somewhat true? In any case there is a cause for the difference, and one day humans will find it.

Jimmy the Greek Forever · February 6, 2023 at 7:56 am

If they can’t figure out that they are the politically useful (for now) pets of the CPUSA in the quest for an internal communist revolution to burn down America, doesn’t that make them stupid?

Comments are closed.