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One thing I always found interesting about scholar J.P. Rushton’s theory of ethnic differences is that he claimed black people were the oldest form of humanity, having branched off the human family tree some 200,000 years ago, and that “mongoloids” were the youngest ethnic group, having branched off fairly recently. Even though Rushton invoked the “African Eve” hypothesis, which was quite progressive because it showed that all humans are much more recently related than previously thought, his theory was still attacked as racist, partly because his claim that black people were the oldest ethnic group was interpreted as arguing that they were somehow less advanced.

But ironically, historically real racists always argued that whites were the oldest ethnic group. Citing research by Carleton Coon, it was argued that whites were the first to become human and thus were more evolved than other ethnic group, or going back further, it was argued by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach that the original humans were white, and only after generations of degradation did they degenerate in different directions into black and red. It’s also interesting that Afro-centrists agree with Rushton that it’s actually black people who are the oldest ethnic group, but argue that this makes them superior; the parent of all the other ethnic groups, with the genetic material to create the rest of humanity.

But Rushton had another theory that generated much less controversy and it was called Genetic Similarity. This theory argued that just as family members are more likely to help each-other because they share similar genes, people in general who are more genetically similar are more likely to help one another because this was an efficient way for genes to replicate themselves. So best friends and spouses tend to be most similar on the most heritable traits, but the dark side is that racism and ethnic conflict has been a prevailing theme in history. Rushton noted that religious and other ideological debates become as heated as they do because they affect our inclusive genetic fitness.

But I once told Rushton that his claim that black people were the oldest ethnic group implies that black people have had the greatest amount of time to diverge into separate sub-populations which means that black people are the most genetically differentiated. As a result, we should expect black people to show the least amount of ethnic nepotism.

You’ve stumbled upon an inference that never even crossed my mind,” he replied. “Very astute of you to connect the two concepts like that!

Indeed if you look at a lot of the behaviors that racists use to diminish blacks (i.e. black on black violence, self-hatred in the black community including skin bleaching), these are actually evidence that black people are LESS RACIST than everyone else, because racist people stick together, they don’t attack their own kind. Even when a black person is successful, they are often ridiculed by other black people as sell-outs, once again demonstrating the tendency of black people to fight among themselves. When black people reach the highest levels of power, there’s a stereotype that they often surround themselves with white people or marry white people, in sharp contrast to other ethnic groups who use their power to hire and promote more of their own people, which gives these other ethnic groups a competitive advantage.

Further evidence that black people are less racist comes from a theory advanced by the incredibly popular blogger HBD Chick who has built a loyal following by arguing that more inbred people are more clannish and tribal than more out-bred people (hat-tip to blogger JayMan for summarizing HBD Chick’s excellent views on various forums). Well who is more out-bred than African Americans? Because of the one-drop rule, we have African-Americans who are black, white, Chinese, Native American, you name it. So you combine the genetic diversity caused by black people being arguably the oldest ethnic group, with the genetic diversity caused by black people being the most out-bred ethnic people, and HBD predicts black people are the least racist people on Earth.

UPDATE OCT, 7, 2014

THE ABOVE POST MIGHT BE A LITTLE OVERSIMPLIFIED, SINCE HBD CHICK HERSELF HAS RESPONDED TO THIS POST ON TWITTER MAKING A FASCINATING DISTINCTION THAT I NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT. SHE STATES: it’s outbreeding + time (for selection to work), not just outbreeding. see rocket analogy here.

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