About six months ago, Stephanie Grace, a third year student at Harvard Law School, went to dinner with some "friends." It seems that, at some point in the evening, the conversation turned to the question of human bio-diversity. Later on, Miss Grace e-mailed her "friends" in an attempt to clarify her views on that interesting topic.
Here is the controversial heart of Miss Grace's e-mail:
"I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent...
"Women tend to perform less well in math due at least in part to prenatal levels of testosterone, which also account for variations in mathematics performance within genders. This suggests to me that some part of intelligence is genetic, just like identical twins raised apart tend to have very similar IQs...I don't think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that African Americans are less intelligent on a genetic level..."
The rest of her lengthy message strikes me, at first glance, as an exemplary exercise in thoroughly house-broken PC rectititude. She concludes with the pathetic plea: "Please don't pull a Larry Summers on me."
[And here, on a personal note, I must confess that I find it rather touching that even today someone could make it all the way to Harvard Law School while so little understanding the kind of world that she is living in and the kind of company that she is keeping.]
But anyway. The mills of the multicuturalist Left grind exceeding fast and they grind exceeding rough. So already we find the Dean of Harvard Law School openly and blatantly libelling Miss Grace:
"I am writing this morning to address an email message in which one of our students suggested that black people are genetically inferior to white people..."
...which only makes sense as a paraphrase of Miss Grace's remarks if one assumes that lower average intelligence, possibly of genetic origin, is conceptually equivalent to genetic inferiority, tout court, which is a pretty damned stupid assumption to make...
And we find a blogger at The American Prospect (a magazine which, if you can believe it, subtitles itself "liberal intelligence") - calling for her to lose her prospective clerkship with Circuit court judge Alex Kozinski.
Miss Grace has, of course, apologized for her thought-crime.
But I venture, without much confidence, to hope that she has at least had the guts to whisper to herself, in the privacy of her own conscience: