Quotes on Race Realism, Racial Differences

Co-originator of the Theory of Evolution Alfred Russell Wallace

"In one of my last conversations with Darwin he expressed himself very gloomily on the future of humanity , on the ground that in our modern civilisation natural selection had no play and the fittest did not survive... It is notorious that our population is more largely renewed in each generation from the lower than from the middle and upper classes." -- Works, 1890

Sir Charles, 1859

"There is no doubt that the various races when carefully compared and measured differ much from each other as in texture of hair, proportions of all parts of the body, the capacity of the lungs... the capicity of the skull.. the brain... Their mental characterisitcs are likewise distinct chiefly as it would appear in their emotional [and] intellectual faculties... morose Aborigines of S. America and the light-hearted talkative negroes. " -- Descent of Man

President Theordore Roosevelt

"if the average family... as a whole would decrease in population so rapidly that in two or three generations it would very deservedly be on the point of extinction... the people who had acted on this base and selfish doctrine would be giving place to others with braver and more robust ideals... a race that practised such doctrine... race suicide—would thereby conclusively show that it was unfit to exist..." -- 1905, Republican Club, Bartleby.com

Archaeologist Dr. Louis Leakey

"There are major differences, both mental and psychological, which separate the different races of mankind. Indeed, I would be inclined to suggest that however great may be the physical differences between such races as the European and the Negro, the mental and psychological differences are greater still." -- Progress and Evolution of Man, 1961

Geneticist Frances Galton

"I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied... that babies are born pretty much alike and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, man and man are steady application and moral effort.  

It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality."  -- Hereditary Genius 1870

Richard Dawkins

"However small the racial partition of the total variation may be, if such racial characteristics as there are are highly correlated with other racial characteristics, they are by definition informative, and therefore of taxonomic significance."  -- The Ancestor's Tale, 2005

Dr. Frances Watson, Co-Discoverer DNA Double Helix

“There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”. --London Financial Times 2004

Dr. Stephen Pinker, Canadian Evolutionary Psychologist & Linguist

"Obviously no language is innate. Take any kid from any race, bring them up in any culture and they will learn the language equally quickly. So no particular language is in the genes. But what might be in the genes is the ability to acquire language." -- BrainyQuote.com

Hans Eysenck, Prof. of Psychology, Kings College London

"I am not a racist for believing it possible that negroes may have special innate gifts for certain athletic events, such as sprints, or for certain musical forms of expression.. .. Nor am I a racist for seriously considering the possibility that the demonstrated inferiority of American negroes on tests of intelligence may, in part, be due to genetic causes." - El Sevier Journal

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