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02/11/2018, 13:14:24

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High school science fair project questioning African American intelligence sparks outrage

By Diana Lambert And Anita Chabria

parents and staff at C.K. McClatchy High School are upset over a
science fair project by a student in its elite magnet program that
questioned whether certain races of people lack the intelligence to
handle the program’s academically challenging coursework.

Some of
those outraged by the racially charged project say it points to a larger
problem: the lack of ethnic diversity in the school’s elite HISP

The project that started the controversy was titled “Race
and IQ.” It raised the hypothesis: “If the average IQs of blacks,
Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of
non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the racial
disproportionality in (HISP) is justified.”

[*a-OO-ga* *a-OO-ga* *a-OO-ga* DANGER! WARNING Will Robinson!]

The project was put on
display with others on Monday afternoon to be judged by a team of
community members as part of the fourth annual Mini Science Fair. It was
removed Wednesday morning after students, parents and staff complained.
The science fair was open to students and parents.


Photo of the science fair project that has caused an uproar at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento

controversial project also included a bibliography and quotes from five
books, one a text from 1904 called “The Essential Kafir” that argued
South African blacks were intellectually inferior to whites. The term
“kaffir” has since evolved into a racial slur in South Africa, where it
is sometimes referred to as the “k-word.”

“I think that a lot of
people, especially of color, are really hurt and upset by this,” said
Chrysanthe Vidal, a senior in the HISP program.

She said the
student who prepared the report has a history of making racist remarks
in class. He is described by peers as a boy of Asian descent and a
participant in the accelerated Humanities and International Studies
program, or HISP. The Sacramento Bee did not speak to the student and is
not identifying the minor.

The HISP program is designed to
promote cultural awareness and sensitivity. Often, it includes
alternative viewpoints on history. For example, one HISP student said
that while learning about Christopher Columbus, students also learned
about “the Indian genocide” and the perspective of Native Americans on
white settlers.

The program currently has 508 students enrolled,
including 12 African American students, 80 Hispanic students and 104 who
are Asian, according to data provided by the district.

clearly not progressed as much as the students want to think we have,”
said one freshman in HISP. “It’s just kind of shocking to think someone
could enter into that program knowing that is what we are learning about
and being so closed-minded.”

The idea of race being tied to
intelligence has a long and controversial history and is considered
fringe. It is associated with other ideas including eugenics – often
euphemistically referred to as “human biodiversity” in recent years –
that attempt to tie racial superiority to science.

In the United
States, the notion of a racial tie to intelligence gained notoriety with
“The Bell Curve.” The 1994 book by political scientist Charles Murray
brought the idea into the national consciousness, though it has been
widely criticized by mainstream scientists.

Many notions involving
ethnicity and ability are popular with the so-called alternative right
movement, and have gained increased prominence recently as topics of
race and immigration have dominated national rhetoric. In 2013, the
then-director of the Heritage Foundation – a leading conservative voice
for immigration reform – resigned over his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, which
argued among other things that American born “Hispanics” are less
intelligent than American-born white people, also using IQ scores as a

[And, what ELSE would one legitimately use as a marker?]

Recently, some academics argued that President Donald
Trump was alluding to race and intelligence when he questioned why
American immigration policy should allow people from certain African,
Caribbean and Central American countries to come to the United States
instead of people from countries like Norway.

The McClatchy
student tested his race and intelligence hypothesis by having a handful
of unidentified teens of various races take an online intelligence test.

report concluded that, “the lower average IQs of blacks, Southeast
Asians, and nonwhite Hispanics means that they are not as likely as
non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians to be accepted into a more
academically rigorous program such as HISP. Therefore, the racial
disproportionality of HISP is justified.”

Sacramento Unified
school district spokesman Alex Barrios said the district was aware of
the controversy and is looking into the matter. He said that while the
district understood the project was offensive to some, it may not have
violated policy if the question fell within the guidelines of the

“We are looking into the appropriate response to a
situation like this,” said Barrios. “We understand it concerns a lot of
people and doesn’t reflect our culture here.”

Barrios couldn’t say
whether the science teacher saw the project before it was put on
display. He said district officials are looking into the issue to better
understand what happened.

On Thursday, students were posting comments about the project on social media sites and bringing concerns to administrators.

Peter Lambert also Thursday sent an email message to parents. “I want
to be clear that at McClatchy High School we promote and embrace an
inclusive environment and way of thinking which excludes any form of
discrimination,” he wrote. “Many of you have asked me what our school is
doing in response to this incident. I want you to know we are taking
this incident very seriously and we will be reviewing the incident and
implementing all measures as appropriate to provide a safe and inclusive
environment for all of our students.”

Lambert, who is African American, met with his staff to further discuss the project Friday morning.

who said she is one of four African American students in her senior
class, said the incident reflects an undercurrent of racism at the
school, although she hasn’t experienced blatant racism.

at the school who aren’t in the HISP program see it as a closed culture
made up mostly of white and Asian students, Vidal said. “They don’t feel
they can talk to us,” she said.

Students in the program have
similar economic backgrounds and belief systems, creating an echo
chamber, she and other HISP students said. HISP students don’t get the
insight of people of color or from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

HISP student interviewed by The Sacramento Bee said the program is
challenging and has “great” teachers, but is separated from the general
population of the school and not racially diverse.

“My HISP class,
I don’t think we have a single African American person in my class,
which is kind of shocking consider HISP’s big deal is cultural
expression,” the student said. “We have very little interaction with
anyone outside our classes. I definitely think we would benefit at some
level to being exposed to a community outside our circle.”

Brown, an adviser to the Black Student Union at the school, arrived
Thursday after the project had been taken down, but was still able to
view it.

Brown said Thursday night she received a call from an
African American student at McClatchy who said the incident made her
feel “unsafe and uneasy.”

“These kids should not feel that way,” said Brown.


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