BBC Stifles Racial Discussion
August 11th 2008
looked forward to an informed discussion between Edward Stourton and Matthew
Syed about how some countries seem to excel in some sports and not in
made the valid point that peoples of certain genetic make-up are better
suited to some kinds of sports. This is well researched and there is a
lot of useful things to be said about it. I wanted to hear it. But what
is Edward Stourton's reaction? "Hang on - you are getting on
dangerous ground here -- if you start linking peoples' performance with
is the elephant in the room. In a wide range of activities, there are
racial differences - scientifically attested, verified and re-verified.
And yet people like Stourton strangle any discussion at birth with the
alacrity of a Jesuit inquisitor joyfully spotting a heresy. Poor Matthew
Syed was reduced to spluttering platitudes to avoid charges of racism -
an accusation to which, just like an unfortunate medieval old woman
charged with witchcraft, there is no defense.
on the BBC for sacrificing intellectual enlightenment on the altar of
obscurantism and prejudice.