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06/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harvard Law Student: Possible That 'African Americans Are, On Average, Genetically Predisposed To Be Less Intelligent'

An email written by a third-year Harvard Law student has incited outcry at law schools across the country.

The email, reported by Above the Law, came after its unidentified writer made some controversial remarks at a dinner. It reads:

I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. I could also obviously be convinced that by controlling for the right variables, we would see that they are, in fact, as intelligent as white people under the same circumstances. The fact is, some things are genetic. African Americans tend to have darker skin. Irish people are more likely to have red hair.

The email continues:

Everyone wants someone to take 100 white infants and 100 African American ones and raise them in Disney utopia and prove once and for all that we are all equal on every dimension, or at least the really important ones like intelligence. I am merely not 100% convinced that this is the case.

The writer sent the email to a select few, one of whom forwarded it to more people. It eventually made its way to the Harvard Black Law Student Association list-serv and Black Law Student Associations countrywide.

The email's writer is set to do a coveted federal clerkship upon graduating, Above the Law reports.

The full email, and responses, can be seen here.