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Friday, November 28, 2003  

Bloggers out leaders of Gene Expression

Two of the people behind the most hateful weblog in the blogosphere, Gene Expression, have been identified. The blog, one of the projects of longterm racist Steve Sailer, promotes the belief that people of color are genetically inferior. TSRoadmap and Bill of xsteve.com have the goods. From TS:

Paul Wickre writes for Gene Expression, a blog which is linked on the Steve Sailer website. Sailer is a conservative who runs a eugenics think tank called the Human Biodiversity Institute .

Newamul Khan (Razib) and Paul Wickre (Godless) display their quaint bourgeois sensibilities about science and genetics and what-not. Their connection to this debate on gender variance is tangential, and I hope this page describes both the start and the end of it.

Until he reads this page, Paul Wickre has been laboring under the delusion he is anonymous:

For those of you who feel that I'm too paranoid about anonymity, or who believe that I'm somehow exaggerating the danger to my academic career by even posting here...you need to read this post.

The post in question mocked Lynn Conway's investigation into J. Michael Bailey, who wrote a highly defamatory book about gender variance called The Man Who Would Be Queen.

As some of you know, I have been a reliable source of information about the scientific racism and neo-Confederate movements in Bloggersville. I continue to cover these people because I believe their nefarious propaganda to be a threat to the progress made in the United States since the 1960s civil right movement. If we who care are not vigilant, that progress can and will be lost.

I have been aware of the trail of mangled information Sailer leaves behind him for about a decade. (He was very active at discussion boards and newsgroups before weblogs began.) Who is he?

Steve Sailer is one of those writers with a finger in every pot. He worries about world "overpopulation," while screaming that Europe must do something quickly about its "race suicide" birthrates. He bitterly rails against "vast unrestricted immigration" that is diluting the "value of the white vote," and warmly embraces "Bell Curve" type theories about the inferior intelligence of nonwhites.

Sailer's current greatest utitlity is as a liason between traditional racists like the neo-Confederates and scientific racists (people who wrap racism in pseudo-science) such as those at Gene Expression.

Unfortunately, some people who consider themselves liberals in the blogosphere have joined Gene Expression in its racist ideology. In fact, Natasha Chart, a blogger from Bellevue, Washington, formerly of the watch and now of Pacific Views, aided them in an attack on me, even providing space for them to comment on her blog. At the time, she and her supporters, including Lisa English and Jim Capazzola, tried to claim there was no bigotry problem with these well-known scientific racists. This is the kind of racism within the liberal community that has led me to redefine myself as an independent.

Indeed, foolishness such as that episode leads me to wonder if people know the meaning of the word racism.

rac ism n.

1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

-- The American Heritage Dictionary via dictionary.com.

The denizens of Gene Expression (a misuse of the scientific term, incidentally) believe that 'race' determines intelligence, athletic ability and even aesthetic appeal. There really can be no reasonable argument that they are not racists.

The availability of new information about the people behind Gene Expression provides ample grounds for bloggers to reexamine the issue of racism in the blogosphere. I urge them to do so.

2:47 PM