Dumb Ass, by Michael Davis

Michael Davis

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10 Responses

  1. Alan Coil says:

    Dear Dumb,Lemme axe ya sumpin: A test is designed using the English language, based on the lives, experiences, and education of a Euro-centric people, then you give the test to all people. Then when the results "prove" that Euro-centric people are smarter, you claim it's because they are white? Idiot.—–Thanks for bringing up this subject, Michael. This is the first I heard of this episode. I am ashamed of the news stations I listen to and the online sites I read. None of them have yet to mention this. I listen (or read) to local news, national news, cbs overnight news, yahoo, huffingtonpost, raw story, and even 2 different liberal radio stations from the Detroit area. None of them have covered this.

  2. Michael Davis says:

    I noticed it did not have wide news coverage in the states. I was out of the country and read this.

  3. Marilee J. Layman says:

    I just have to note the ads on this article: Stupid People (Fashion Horror Story), The Stupid People Test, James Watson, and Comic Collector.

  4. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Michael, I absolutely have to agree with you that Watson is wrong about blacks being genetically more stupid than whites. I suspect this is his personal belief, not any kind of science.However, as someone who still tests with "genius" IQ after a big stroke and coma, I have to tell you that it's entirely possible to be really intelligent and still do and say really stupid things. Intelligence is not permeating; it has holes.

  5. Michael H. Price says:

    A fascinating presentation, Michael. Dr. James D. Watson (and what might that middle initial signify, other than the christened Dewey?) appears to have parted ways with the Human Genome Project long before it had pointed inexorably to the conclusion that the essential components of humankind are identical, across the board. Some of us have known, or sensed, as much, all along. An intriguing discussion of these findings occurs in Nick Tosches' book WHERE DEAD VOICES GATHER (2001) — itself a brilliantly digressive inquiry into the tangled roots of American music.Tempting to wonder whether this particular Doc Watson (!) may have seen a few too many Southern minstrel shows without grasping their larger context of reciprocal satire. The great peril of egghead-ism lies in the risk of mistaking one's biases for empirical data.

    • Mike Gold says:

      "seen a few too many Southern minstrel shows without grasping their larger context of reciprocal satire" – that's a great line, MHP.

      • Michael H. Price says:

        Aw, shucks, Mike. Main point, here, being to acknowledge the depth of wit and insight that Michael Davis brings to his interpretive account of an under-reported story. I was just about to write back, anyhow, with a couple of quotations that might be relevant.On our first meeting in 1988 as he was about to emerge from an unwanted retirement, the singer and comedian Rudy Ray "Dolemite" Moore and I veered off onto a tangent that yielded this observation from Mr. Moore: “You want to know what racism is? It’s the belief that there even is any such of a thing as race, to begin with … [If] you believe that you, or anybody else, must belong to any sub-races within the human race—well, why, then, you’re a racist.” No stranger to declarations of absolutism, Mr. Dolemite.Later and elsewhere, a musician pal named Ozell "Larry" Reynolds came through with this one: “What happened to divide us all so bad as a society was that we got so all caught up in desegregating — that we forgot to integrate.”I've always found life amongst working musicians to be so naturally integrated — culturally, economically, and so forth — that I want to assume the same of society-at-large. And just when Big Science seems poised to help bring us closer together, here comes a know-it-all Dr. Dumb Ass with a polarizing ramrod. At least, a lot of folks seem not to take this Watson bozo seriously.

  6. janne says:

    They said Albert Einstein was senile too.