Blacks Have Smaller Brains?

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Dec 20 17:21:34 MST 1999


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At 02:46 AM 12/21/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I forget where this occurred, but a school teacher made a comment to
>her students that blacks had smaller brains than whites and that
>black
>students had to work twice as hard to succeed.  I also could not
>remember if this teacher was black or not.  But, what I do remember
>was that she received a 10 day suspension for making those comments
>to her students.
>
>My question to you is:
>
>Do you feel that a ten day suspension was too severe?
>
>I personally feel that making the comments that she did, did not
>warrant such a severe penalty.  I think that the school board
>overreacted.

Actually she is not that far off. I can't say for sure about brain
size other then in homo sapiens the physical size of the brain has
little effect on intellegence, IQ, etc. (I recall but can't find the
source so disbelieve if you wish). I also recall something about
those of African heritage on average having smaller physical brains
while Asians have the smallest among homo sapiens. However, the
second part is absolutely correct in general terms. Although not as
bad as a decade ago blacks do have to work harder to overcome
discrimination and succeed.

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