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Unfair argumentation methods VIII: US example

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Finally, we arrive at the US example:

An incautious Harvard student made the following statement in an email:

I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.

(http://ethicsalarms.com/2010/04/30/the-ethics-of-harvards-racist-e-mail-scandal/e)

This appears to have caused a flood of unjustified criticism (cf. the given link), including one completely intellectually dishonest blogger, who made claims like:

[…]my head shook and my eyes rolled as I read the ignorant comments of someone who clearly wasted their money on an attempt to become educated.

[…]

[…] she wanted them to understand that she was not wavering and adamantly [sic!] believed that “African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.”

(http://mtdixon.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/harvard-law-students-inferiority-complex/e)

The blog entry, if anything, proves the opposite, namely that its author is the one to have wasted her money…

I have made several comments on that entry, and ethicsalarms has also subsequently dealt with it, so I will not go into a deeper analysis here—in particular, since the “intermezzos” and the unexpected length of at least one planned entry has caused great delays in this article series. Instead, I have directed my efforts on the following entry on “Ships to Gaza”.

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Written by michaeleriksson

July 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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