Tony Brown's Journal-"Racial Superiority with Dr. William Shockley", "Race and Intelligence with Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing"

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This undated video recording consists of two episodes of Tony Brown’s Journal. The first episode is a replay of a broadcast from Tony Brown’s earlier show, Black Journal. It captures a discussion between Dr. William Shockley of Stanford University and psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Dr. Shockley claims that genetically-determined lower IQ scores explain the socio-economic problems experienced by the African American community and argues for eugenics programs. Welsing rejects Shockley’s claims, saying that he does not fully understand the implications of his arguments. The second episode is an interview of Dr. Welsing after the publication of The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein. Welsing argues that the book must be seen within a wider context of global and national white supremacy. She takes the stance that white people, who have light skin because of a genetic abnormality, are subconsciously afraid of being eliminated by the numeric superiority of people of color. White supremacy and racism are mechanisms to help allay these fears and control non-white people.

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