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Does this man look black to you?

February 21, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Genetics pioneer James Watson

By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
MSNBC contributor

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

One of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century should now be attributed to a black man, or so it seems.

James Watson, the man who worked with Francis Crick to identify the double-helical structure of DNA, who upon casual inspection might well qualify for the title of “most blatantly Caucasian male” among a raft of serious contenders that includes Mitt Romney, Tucker Carlson, Harry Reid and Peyton Manning, is actually black! 

he retired from his job as chancellor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York — and no longer especially welcome on the speaking circuit anywhere serious. Finding out one has black genes seems especially inconvenient for somebody proclaiming blacks to be genetically inferior

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