Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson, who discovered DNA’s double helix structure along with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin, has been stripped of honorary titles after repeating widely criticized comments about race in the recent PBS documentary, “American Masters: Decoding Watson.”
In 2007, research institution Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory removed Watson as chancellor after he told UK newspaper, The Sunday Times, that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says, not really.”
Watson also told The Sunday Times in 2007 that while he wished races were equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”
Watson apologized at the time, but in the recently aired documentary, he said his views had not changed.
“Not at all,” he said in the PBS film. “I would like for them to have changed, that there be new knowledge that says that your nurture is much more important than nature. But I haven’t seen any knowledge. And there’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it’s genetic.”
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