The internet is abuzz with this recent controversy: Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, recently published an article on Psychology Today entitled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” In this racist pseudo-scientific piece, Kanazawa tries to explain why black women are, on average, scientifically uglier than women of other races. Public outrage forced Psychology Today to remove the article from its website. (It is still available to view here.) For a response to the article and why it’s a load of crock, check out Salon’s article here. (Never does it cross Kanazawa’s mind that perhaps people often tend to be more attracted to people of their own ethnicity, and that therefore if one uses majority white men to rank women that this may influence the outcome?)
This is the same Kanazawa who earlier published articles against Muslims. In an article entitled “What’s Wrong with Muslims” the crazy psychologist claims that there are “about 120 million ready suicide bombers worldwide”, or about 30% of the world’s Muslim population. Is it not strange that this comment did not receive even close to the outrage that the “black women are ugly” claim? He is effectively saying that 3 out of 10 Muslims you meet in your day to day life are soon-to-be suicide bombers. [See Update I below for issues with the math.] Imagine if someone said that 3 out of 10 black men are criminals, murderers, or rapists. Surely, being a suicide terrorist bomber is worse than any of these.
It is strange that a “scientist” like Kanazawa would routinely rely on his own bigoted opinions as opposed to facts. His writings are full of wild presumptions, devoid of any scientific method. Even when he states objective “facts”, they are nothing but falsities. For example, in the same article Kanazawa stupidly says that “most Muslims speak the same language – Arabic – but not all.” This laughable claim exudes profound ignorance, and places his awareness of Islam and the Muslim world to less than the level of an eighth grader. After all, isn’t it in junior high or high school that students study world history and find out that “only about 12 percent of Muslims worldwide are Arabs.” With blatant errors like this, one wonders what sort of standards Psychology Today has?
Not only is Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa a racist and bigot: he is a genocidal maniac. In an article urging Americans to hate Muslims (“the enemy”), Kanazawa argues that it is justified to target civilians including women and children because our enemies are not nation-states:
We have always hated our enemies purely and intensely. They were “Japs,” they were “Krauts,” they were “Gooks.” And we didn’t think twice about dropping bombs on them, to kill them and their wives and children. (As many commentators have pointed out, the distinction between combatants and civilians does not make sense in World War III, and the Geneva Convention — an agreement among nations — is no longer applicable, because our enemies are not nation states.)
(Maybe you didn’t know but we’re actually in World War III already.)
Kanazawa then approves of nuking 35 Muslim countries and killing women and children:
Here’s a little thought experiment. Imagine that, on September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers came down, the President of the United States was not George W. Bush, but Ann Coulter. What would have happened then? On September 12, President Coulter would have ordered the US military forces to drop 35 nuclear bombs throughout the Middle East, killing all of our actual and potential enemy combatants, and their wives and children. On September 13, the war would have been over and won, without a single American life lost.
Yes, we need a woman in the White House, but not the one who’s running.
(That’s the last sentence in the entire article, in case you are wondering if I took that out of context.)
Naturally, Ann Coulter would want to nuke the most well-known cities in the Islamic world, so we could estimate about 10 million per city. So, Kanazawa is approving of killing 350,000,000 Muslim men, women, and children–almost sixty times as many Jews that died in the Holocaust. He is advocating for a Muslim Holocaust.
Public pressure forced Psychology Today to remove the “black women are ugly” article from its website, but to this day the articles labeling 3 out of 10 Muslims as “terrorists”–and advocating nuclear annihilation of Muslim cities–continue to grace their website with hardly a peep from the internet world.
Can one imagine the reaction if some prominent Muslim had advocated nuking 35 Israeli cities? It would be social and career suicide to say such things against Jews (rightfully so) and against black people (again, rightfully so), yet one can say almost anything against Muslims with almost no repercussions. Muslims are at the absolute bottom of the totem pole of social hierarchy.
Wasn’t it after all Bill O’Reilly who said many years ago that the most attractive women in the world are from Norway and Thailand and the least attractive are women in Muslim countries? His career did not take any hit from this comment, unlike Kanazawi who is now considered an absolute clown. Saying black women are ugly is unacceptable, but saying the same for Muslim women is perfectly fine–at least, it is worthy of serious discussion by Serious Pundits.
I’d absolutely hate to be a black woman who is Muslim. Then I couldn’t attract the stunningly beautiful specimens, those gifts to womankind and Adonis incarnates: Bill O’Reilly and Satoshi Kanazawa.
Readers have pointed out some problems with the math above: after rereading Kanazawa’s article, it seems that he meant 30% of 50% of the Muslim population (i.e. the men only)–not 30% of the total Muslim population (as I originally thought he was saying)–are suicide bombers. So, let me reword what I wrote above: Kanazawa is saying that 3 out of 10 Muslim men are suicide bombers, not Muslims overall. This hardly mitigates the atrociousness of his claim.
Additionally, he uses an incorrectly low estimate for the total number of Muslims in the world, something that Islamophobes tend to do.
Lastly, I was off by an order of magnitude with regard to the 35 million number–it should be 350 million. Having said that, one reader pointed out that there are only a few Muslim majority cities in the world that have a population of 10 million or more. Therefore, let’s ballpark and say something like 150 million people–more than 25 times the number of people killed in the Holocaust.
As readers may have figured out, math is not my strong suit. The last time I ever studied math was back in the first couple years of college, and it bored the living daylights out of me. But in all seriousness, it hardly makes any difference to the point of the article whether the number is 35 million or 350 million or somewhere in between: it’s millions of innocent civilians we’re talking about and that’s the bottom line.