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Prof: Scientists use ‘seemingly empirical facts’ to explain how race, inequality are related

Like scientists of past generations, a University of Pennsylvania law professor argues that contemporary researchers continue to use race in their explanations of (racial) inequality.

Dorothy Roberts, who’s also a professor of sociology, told those assembled at a Cornell University talk this past week that there needs to be “an intersection between the biological and social sciences” and that researchers now “must root their studies in realized experiences.”

According to The Cornell Daily Sun, Roberts said “If you really wanna help black children in Philadelphia get a better education … don’t do research on the gray matter of their brains. Do you really think that’s gonna help these children?”

Roberts added that policymakers and “extremists” have “seized” on the notion that there are “biologically-explained differences that underlie social problems” — like, for instance, the theory “that poverty reduces cognitive function in the brains of poor, black children.”

From the article:

Seemingly fueled by empirical facts, systematically suppressive policies then prevail, Roberts said.

“Scientists invented race as an explanation for social inequality,” she said. Later, she reaffirmed this and said “there is a whole system designed to keep black children from succeeding, again and again.”

Roberts offered her insight to the overarching question. “What I’ve realized is it’s not so much about … thinking black children are inferior,” she said, “It’s about not wanting to confront white privilege and power.”

In this way, solutions proposed by researchers and policymakers aim toward those affected by the system — often “interven[ing] in the behavior of … victims” or even blaming them on a biological basis, Roberts said.

This approach neglects a reform of the system itself, she said.

“The black baby in the womb is being harmed by structural racism … not his black mother’s ‘bad behavior’ or genes,” Roberts said.

Professor Roberts, the product of an Ivy League education, may want to confront her fellow Ivies at Princeton (among others) over their “seemingly empirical facts.”

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  • sardiverdave

    ““The black baby in the womb is being harmed by structural racism … not
    his black mother’s ‘bad behavior’ or genes,” Roberts said.”

    That is perhaps the most profoundly stupid thing I have read this year.

  • Unmutual One

    It’s interesting to me when leftists decide to deny science instead of weaponizing epigenetics, which is what I expected them to do.

  • Tom

    Translation: throw out facts and principles of science and take listen to pseudo-intellectual academic hacks in sociology departments. It’s time that academia start cutting off the useless, gangrenous limbs that drag down the rest of the enterprise. Colleges and universities shouldn’t have sociology and gender/ethnic studies departments.

  • rwg1949yt .

    everyday Charles Murray’s data is confirmed.

  • chris_zzz

    The prof says: “It’s about not wanting to confront white privilege and power.”
    Anyone can have “white privilege.”
    Here’s all ANYONE has to do:
    1. Raise children in a two-parent household where the parents are married; don’t divorce.
    2. Seek the greatest level of education possible (given one’s innate abilities) for yourself and your children.
    3. Be employed and financially self-sufficient.
    4. Save enough money for kids’ college and your retirement.
    5. Do not commit crimes or tolerate dishonesty in yourself or your kids.
    6. Maintain a circle of family and friends who you can rely on for companionship, advice, and help (if necessary).
    7. See a doctor regularly and seek medical/mental heath help whenever necessary.