A Chinese critic, who I will call Mr Li has been conducting a thoughtful critique of my work. I appreciate the time and attention that he has devoted.
He has send via email an essay, with the subject “Blacks are not inferior,” “What Ancient White Writers Said about Black Intelligence.” It has not been my position that blacks or anyone else is “inferior.” I oppose race mixing on philosophical grounds primarily; namely that races are valuable and should be conserved just as other examples of biodiversity are, and that mixing produces numerous identity problems for people.
Here is the great black boxer Muhammad Ali on race mixing: “It ain’t sad because I want my child to look like me, every intelligent person wants their child to look like them, I’m sad because I want to blot out my race and lose my identity? Chinese love Chinese they love the little slanty eye, pretty brown skin babies. Pakistani love their culture, Jewish people love their culture, a lot of Catholic wanna be with Catholics and want the religion to stay the same… who would want to spot up yourself and kill your race? You’re a hater of your people if you don’t want to stay who you are. You ashamed of what god made you? You think he made a mistake when he made you?” See: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/muhammad-ali-on-race/. My apologies for quoting the sentence about the Chinese eyes, but that is what this great black man said.
Mr Li’s point about white scholars having a negative, and often totally unjustified view of black intellectual inferiority is I think right. He neglects though to note that the Chinese have the same attitude, perhaps now even more intense: https://qz.com/945053/china-has-an-irrational-fear-of-a-black-invasion-bringing-drugs-crime-and-interracial-marriage/; https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/05/27/china-and-india-have-a-huge-problem-with-racism-toward-black-people/?utm_term=.eeec0d9f702c; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-racist-black-people_us_576a9840e4b065534f485002.
What then about the attitudes of the ancient Romans and Greeks towards blacks? Mr Li argues that they had a much more balanced attitude than moderns, but he is mistaken in embracing Afrocentric academics such as Martin Bernal, seeing Greek philosophy as arising in Africa. For criticisms see http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/309/bernal.htm; http://science.jrank.org/pages/8216/Afrocentricity-Afrocentricity-Its-Critics.html.
There is also some interesting material in Arthur Kemp, The Children of RA: Artistic, Historical, and Genetic Evidence for Ancient White Egypt (2012). DNA studies indicates that the ancient Egyptians were at first a largely Caucasian population who gradually absorbed Semitic and Nubian elements. For example, Tutankhamun’s male linage DNA is 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes. See in general American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 121, 2003, pp. 63-66.
Mr Li’s general claim that racism is a product of modern (white) society is refuted by the scholarly work of Benjamin Isaac, The Invention of Race in Classical Antiquity (2006), who documents proto-racism, among the Greeks and Romans.
I thank Mr Li for his work. He should engage with Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, whom I am sure, will be an interesting opponent. Perhaps he would like to address next, the issue of Jewish intelligence, and its comparison to East Asian intelligence, which I am sure would make a most enlightening paper.