Even though it’s widely acknowledged in the scientific community that all personality traits are heritable, studying racial differences in intelligence is still a controversial matter. Some people worry that unpalatable findings may be employed by racists to justify black inferiority. Such concerns are misplaced, however. Though important, intelligence is not a measure of self-worth, and racists are in the minority.
According to researchers, IQ is highly heritable and genetic; thus, if blacks and whites pass on traits to children, why would some think that genes fail to even partially explain the black-white IQ gap? (more…)