columnBy Timothy Kalyegira
For the past two weeks, a controversy has been raging worldwide over remarks made to London's Sunday Times newspaper by the pioneering researcher into DNA and Nobel Prize winner, Dr James Watson, who said, correctly, that all tests that have been conducted on intelligence show Blacks below Whites.
Science, under pressure from the political correct news media in the western world, has now started to claim that there is no such thing as "race" and that it is a social construct rather than biochemical reality, when the reality of race is clear for all to see.
However, where Dr Watson, his fellow scientists, and other "rationalists" go wrong is their insistence these days that everything about human beings can and must be explained only by genes, DNA, written IQ tests, and the activity of the brain. For example, it is a well-known fact that 98 percent of human DNA is identical to that of a chimpanzee or crocodile.
So with the best environment and education, is it possible that a chimpanzee could one day attend international law classes at Oxford University?
The answers to whether Blacks and Whites are equal or one superior to the other is contained in this dimension that experimental science does not take into account, that is the spiritual or the intangible, the non-material.
Even without scientific studies, is there any doubt that at a first glance, the average person can tell what beauty is, be it in a woman, a building, car, nature, or the scent of a perfume?
In like manner, must we go through all this denial and angered reaction when it is obvious to the majority of people on earth today that the White race has something peculiar about it that places it above the rest?
In many middle-class families are children raised by the same pair of parents, who attend the same schools, live in the same home, visit the same libraries, read the same books at home, and have the same expectations made of them by their parents, and yet many turn out so different from each other.
Some become great achievers and national stars while their siblings remain law-abiding but essentially inconsequential citizens.
What explains this difference? And if such differences can appear among children from the same family and raised in the same environment, is it not possible that this difference can exist at the much broader level of race?
The Whites are superior to us because of their generally eccentric temperament. Dr Watson arrived at the correct conclusion but used false premise.
One of the most important questions of all is this: why, through the centuries and millennia, does the rest of humanity have this need and compulsion to cast the Black race as inferior? In that attitude might there not, in itself, be part of the answer we are seeking? Why these days is there such intolerance for alternative views and where is this leading?
As President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran said during his September 24, 2007 appearance at Columbia University in the United States: "When it comes to topics such as freedom, topics such as democracy, concepts and norms such as God, religion, physics even, or chemistry, there's been a lot of research, but we still continue more research on those topics...But, then, why don't we encourage more research on a historical event [like the Holocaust]?" Indeed.
This increasing totalitarian atmosphere in the western world, intolerant of any discussion of taboo subjects like the possibility of Black mental inferiority, has shed light on something I have often wondered about.
It is why fairly mediocre Ugandans get scholarships to some of the western world's most prestigious and competitive universities and seem to graduate with ease. They can't seem to innovate or run their countries upon graduation, and at the same time never fail a single exam in the top western universities.
It is argued that this is because the western world allows for hidden talent to come to the surface, but I am starting to believe it is something much different. Just looking at the international reaction to Dr Watson's statements by western society that is supposed to be the most open and tolerant on earth, is there any professor at any White western university that will fail to note that?
Which White intellectual from now onward will dare issue any statement or take a decision that earns him the slap label, racist?
Thousands of African students will go through these universities, professors will not understand the simplistic arguments and inattention to detail in their African and Black American students' term papers and graduate theses, but not daring to gain the notoriety of deliberately failing Black students on racist grounds, they will quietly give their mediocre Black pass with honours.
So the ironic result of a White world afraid of being cast as racist is that Africa remains steeped in mediocrity.