Political correctness lead to mass murder?

It has come out that Nkosi Thandiwe, a black man who went on a killing spree in 2011, was motivated by hatred of white people. He seems especially to have been influenced by anti-white cultural anthropology courses.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

“During his testimony Wednesday, Thandiwe suggested that his reason for even purchasing the gun he used in the shootings was to enforce beliefs he’d developed about white people during his later years as an anthropology major at the University of West Georgia.”

“I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”

Will there be a national conversation about this tragedy?  Will Eric Holder call for another “conversation about race”?

 

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Chinese Eugenics

The Edge recently asked “What Should We Be Worried About?” and solicited the responses of 155 scientists, academics and writers.  The response below received the most attention.

Chinese Eugenics

Geoffrey Miller, Edge, Jan. 14, 2013

China has been running the world’s largest and most successful eugenics program for more than thirty years, driving China’s ever-faster rise as the global superpower. I worry that this poses some existential threat to Western civilization. Yet the most likely result is that America and Europe linger around a few hundred more years as also-rans on the world-historical stage, nursing our anti-hereditarian political correctness to the bitter end.

When I learned about Chinese eugenics this summer, I was astonished that its population policies had received so little attention. China makes no secret of its eugenic ambitions, in either its cultural history or its government policies.

For generations, Chinese intellectuals have emphasized close ties between the state (guojia), the nation (minzu), the population (renkou), the Han race (zhongzu), and, more recently, the Chinese gene-pool (jiyinku). Traditional Chinese medicine focused on preventing birth defects, promoting maternal health and “fetal education” (taijiao) during pregnancy, and nourishing the father’s semen (yangjing) and mother’s blood (pingxue) to produce bright, healthy babies (see Frank Dikötter’s book Imperfect Conceptions). Many scientists and reformers of Republican China (1912-1949) were ardent Darwinians and Galtonians. They worried about racial extinction (miezhong) and “the science of deformed fetuses” (jitaixue), and saw eugenics as a way to restore China’s rightful place as the world’s leading civilization after a century of humiliation by European colonialism. The Communist revolution kept these eugenic ideals from having much policy impact for a few decades though. Mao Zedong was too obsessed with promoting military and manufacturing power, and too terrified of peasant revolt, to interfere with traditional Chinese reproductive practices.

But then Deng Xiaoping took power after Mao’s death. Deng had long understood that China would succeed only if the Communist Party shifted its attention from economic policy to population policy.

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Updates:

Another notable response to the Edge symposium is Douglas T. Kenrick’s “Is Idiocracy Looming?

David Galton:  Did Plato and Aristotle first popularize eugenics?

Frank Salter: War Against Human Nature

Over at the Australian journal Quadrant, Frank Salter has written a series of articles on political correctness.  Although these essays are about Australia, most of what Salter says could apply to any Western country.  These pieces definitely worth reading.  See:

The War Against Human Nature in the Social Sciences
The War against Human Nature II: Gender Studies (Part 1)
The War against Human Nature II: Gender Studies (Part 2)
The War Against Human Nature III: Race and the Nation in the Media
The War Against Human Nature III: Race and the Nation in the Universities

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On a related note, here’s a recent documentary in Norway on political correctness called “Brainwashed” (English subtitles).

Israel and African Immigrants

As noted by Tyler Cowen, Israel has finally admitted to sterilizing African migrants.  The Independent reports:

“Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent.

The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report in Haaretz, suspicions were first raised by an investigative journalist, Gal Gabbay, who interviewed more than 30 women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the community had fallen dramatically.”

Of course, Israel doesn’t want Africans immigrating to Israel, even if they are nominally Jewish.  Benjamin Netanyahu has built massive fences and has deported already many of the Africans.  Back in 2010, Netanyahu said:

“We are flooded with surge of refugees who threaten to wash away our achievements and damage our existence. They are causing socio-economic and cultural damage and threaten to take us back down to the level of the Third World. They take the jobs of the weakest Israelis.”

If only such patriotism were allowed in Western nations!

Update:

Here’s Steve Sailer’s recent TakiMag article: “Israel’s Fertility Policy Bears Fruit