Race and IQ: Part III

Thomas Sowell, Townhall.com, October 3, 2002.


I happened to run into Charles Murray in Dulles International Airport while he and Richard Herrnstein were writing “The Bell Curve.” When I asked him what he was working on and he summarized what he was writing, he could tell that I was concerned about him, so I told him why: “Charles, no matter what you say, people will hear what they want to hear.”

That is one prediction that I wish had not come true, but it has. There are people who have never read a single word of “The Bell Curve,” but who are convinced that they not only know what it says, but also know what the motivation was for saying it.