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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Journal of Criminal Justice - where proponents of "race science" hang out

I hadn't been paying much attention lately to John Paul Wright or Brian Boutwell, both of whom have made appearances on race science proponent Stefan Molyneux's channel to complain that their theories on the genetic intellectual and moral inferiority of "blacks" were considered racist by most people.

Molyneux of course was very sympathetic to their plight.

Turns out what they have been up to is taking over the latest issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice which they are calling The Dr. Norman White special issue on criminal justice scholarship & race.

It's not surprising that Wright and Boutwell have been allowed to use the Journal of Criminal Justice to focus on their favorite topic, race, given that Boutwell is on the Journal's editorial board and Wright's co-author of Conservative Criminology, Matt DeLisi, is the Journal's editor-in-chief.

What is surprising is that Norman White who died in 2017 was an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice in Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice according to his obituary and was African American.

It's hard to believe that an African American would go along with John Paul Wright's beliefs about African Americans as stated in Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research:

Page 149:
...Areas afflicted by crime and other social pathologies are more frequently black than white, and even less frequently Oriental. Part of the reason for these visible and dramatic differences may have to do with the differential abilities of races to organize socially.
Page 150:
From the available data it would seem ludicrous to argue that "race" is a construct devoid of a biological or evolutionary backdrop. That evolutionary forces have produced biological variance across races is now scientifically undeniable. That many of the characteristics that define races appear to be universal and time stable is also undeniable. Evolution can produce many forms of adaptations, but it cannot produce equality. 
The connection between race and criminal behavior is clearly complex and involves a range of historical, social, psychological and individual variables. Evolution however, provides a powerful mechanism to understand the development of human races and the distribution of traits and behaviors within and across races. It helps explain why races would appear and under what conditions races would appear. It helps to explain why certain traits would be beneficial and why these traits such as higher IQ, would be unequally distributed across races. Moreover evolutionary theory helps explain why race-based patterns of behavior are universal, such as black over-involvement in crime. No other paradigm organizes these patterns better. No other paradigm explains these inconvenient truths.

John Paul Wright said of Black Lives Matter:

So, I’m inclined to see BLM as movement that is largely immoral even if it contains individuals who are moral.  I’m inclined to view their general claims as largely hollow even if the occasional case supports their view.  And I see more and more how their rhetoric and their actions are brining (sic) harm to people.

We have come to live in the light shed by the death of Michael Brown. We understand the depths of racial inequality and inequity that exists not only in St. Louis but across America and the world. Since then, voices have risen that were not being heard; a new civil rights era began. Although there are some who are troubled by the movement’s descriptor “Black Lives Matter,” the truth is that many have felt for far too long that they didn’t.
So why would the "special issue on criminal justice scholarship & race" be named after Norman White? My initial assumption is that it is a cynical political move on the part of Boutwell and Wright to use Norman White as a shield. Especially since non-criminologists Bo and Ben Winegard have an article listed. Both are strong proponents along with Boutwell of "human biodiversity" - they co-authored a piece for Quillette, the publication that is ground zero of the "Intellectual Dark Web" per Bari Weiss.

I'm not willing to spend 50 bucks charged by Elsivere to get a peek at the Journal of Criminal Justice but did find the first page of an article by Norman White that the Journal printed called An inconvenient truth: Biology matters. History and the social structure it produced does too.

It appears plain that White was very much opposed to the biological explanations for black crime championed by John Paul Wright, Brian Boutwell and Matt DeLisi:
...Not only is (Walsh and Yun's) argument weakened by the dismissal of social structure, their assumption that racial discrimination in America is distributed equally among minority groups represents an additional limitation. It ignores history and the story it tells. They assume that while structure doesn't matter, African Americans exhibit cultural deficiencies that create the social conditions they experience and promote a culture of violence. In essence, the violence has nothing to do with a racist social structure or racialized institutions that perpetuate in- equality. Rather, it is because of the way they act. It would seem in their estimation if there is fault to be placed, it rests squarely on the shoulders of the African American community and can further be explained by biological differences that have been heralded for centuries...