My book's critics have been indoctrinated in the social-science creed that prohibits any role for evolution in human affairs. Social scientists believe that all differences between human groups are due to culture alone, and that to ascribe any part of these differences to genetics would lead to racism.
Sometime between the times our beautiful black baby boys start to grow into young black men, we forget about the genius in their short stories or the Picasso like masterpieces they are able to create with a minimal pallet of water colors and crayons. We start to see our beautiful black baby boys as broken and objects that need to be fixed.
We can present a real cause for optimism that we can realize the promise of Brown v. Board of Education in our lifetime: In the past few years we have started a pair of Hebrew-language charter schools in Harlem and Brooklyn that have quietly and quickly become two of the most integrated public elementary schools in the city.
Use of the term "uppity" has experienced a revival since Barack Obama's election as the nation's first Black President. More than a few of Mr. Obama's detractors have taken to calling him "arrogant" and at times, they have dispensed with the veneer of political correctness by even calling him "uppity."
Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.
In his response to comments by me, Jon Marks and Jennifer Raff, Wade does not take on any substantive aspect of the debate; rather, he misrepresents the science again and takes a shot at our credentials as scholars. Here is a very quick response to his comments, in hopes of correcting the record and getting this debate back to the science.