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The #RaceScienceFiles: The New York Times edition

I recently downloaded a copy of a book from a white-supremacist website (sorry, no links here). It claims that, because of evolutionary forces at work in Africa, black people have smaller brains, lower IQs, more sex hormones, higher rates of crime, and are worse parents than whites. (It also reports, with what seems like a touch of sour grapes, that black men have larger penises.) Why did I do this to myself? Because the author, the late J. Philippe Rushton, had just been cited in an op-ed appearing in the New York Times as an authority on—wait for it—morality.

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The New York Times: Counting bodies and column inches

Since Jeffrey Gettleman’s beloved machetes remain sheathed after a peaceful (and therefore thus far apparently uninteresting) Kenyan election, America’s paper of records put Africa’s other most important story on its front…..

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Jeffrey Gettleman’s continent

Chief among the debates (or what passes for debates on blogs, Twitter and in mainstream media) about #Kony2012, are these two questions: whether or not external observers should raise awareness…..

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Shameless Self-Promotion

A piece I wrote was published in The New York Times–on January 1, 2011–as part of an op-ed feature “Around the World in 12 Months (in 2010).” My recollections of…..

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Nicholas Kristof wants it both ways

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed in the paper today about the political crisis in Zimbabwe that is full of the usual clichés with him as daring…..