james watson: oh no you didn’t.

Here’s a little bit of proof that nature has a sense of irony and that karma will always get yo’ ass in the end. It’s also proof that just because you’re smart doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart enough to not be a douchebag.


In October, British geneticist James Watson – 1962 Nobel Prize winner and famed mapper of DNA – began a book tour where he openly expounded on his theories that black people are genetically pre-disposed to be less intelligent than white people. He was quoted in the Sunday Times as being “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”. He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.

Then, Watson’s beloved genetic science stepped in and bit him in the ass.

This week The Independent reported that, after being only the second person to have his full genome mapping published, it turns out that Watson is actually pretty damn black. 16% of his genes are likely to have come from a black ancestor of African descent. Most white Europeans have 1% of these genetic markers. So this means he’s 16 times blacker than he thought.

The beauty of this is that, based on his own racist theories, he would now also have to be 16 times less intelligent.

The discovery of his blackness puts him in good company with the rest of the supposedly “less intelligent” black Nobel Prize Laureates: Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Marthin Luther King Jr., Kofi Annan, Toni Morrison, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Wangari Maathai, Sir William Arthur Lewis, Albert John Luthuli, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Wolcott.



  1. theblacksentinel says:

    Too funny! Thanks for this little tid bit it made my day.

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