Got a Letter Today… Very Disturbing Confirmation

It’s a “fact” that Black women are ugly?

My brother sent me a link a few weeks ago
posted in Psychology Today.  It was a bunch of mambo-ja-hambo about black women
not being as attractive as other races, mainly white women.  It was a bunch of
junk, each word sounding like “Tomfoolery” if there is such a word.  It just
shows how ignorant and desperate people are to constantly demean a race that
they envy.  And we all know what results from envy.  We all know what breeds
envy, and we all know that there is still a lingering desire to
what…………BE LIKE US!  You decide.  Color of Change sent me an email
detailing this nonsence as well.  I thought it was a joke by just one IDIOT.
Apparently, it is not.

Dear Monique,

Nearly 20 years
after a black parent documented how hard it was to hear, “Mommy, I want to be
white,”1 Psychology Today reinforced the false and hurtful sentiment that Black
women aren’t attractive.

Last week they published an article claiming it
to be scientific fact that Black women are less beautiful than women of other
races,2 penned by Satoshi Kanazawa, who is notorious for hiding behind
pseudoscience to promote discredited racist and sexist ideas.3

By giving Kanazawa a platform and
validating his ideas, Psychology Today dehumanized Black women and girls
everywhere. After widespread public outcry, they removed the article from their
website.4 But that alone won’t erase the damage they’ve done by validating these
discredited ideas — the editors need to apologize, explain how this happened,
and let us know that it won’t happen again. Please join us in demanding they do
so immediately, and then ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/psychtoday

Kanazawa’s article is flawed from top to
bottom.5 Using a dataset from an unrelated study of teenagers, he draws the
obviously false conclusion that Black women are “objectively” less attractive
than women from other racial groups.

Kanazawa has a long history of
hiding behind pseudo-science to express racist and sexist views. He once wrote
an article asking “Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?” and another
suggesting that the US should have dropped nuclear bombs across the entire
Middle East after 9/11 because it would have wiped out Muslim
terrorists.6

So why does Psychology Today continue to give him a
platform?  Black women constantly face both subtle and explicit messages that
they are valued less than women of other races —  messages that are especially
damaging to Black girls. Now Psychology Today has served as launching point for
yet another attack, this time in the name of science.

Almost as if to cover up the racism
inherent in his piece, Kanazawa says that black men are, “if anything more
attractive” than their counterparts of other races because of “greater
testosterone.”7 But even here Kanazawa relies on the same pseudoscience to
describe black men in familiar terms — brutish, hypermasculine, oversexed,
exotic. And that’s dangerous, too.

He uses a modern-day version of the
faulty logic used to dehumanize blacks as inferior for hundreds of years, from
the social Darwinists and eugenicists of the 19th century to The Bell Curve just
15 years ago. Psychology Today has a responsibility not to give such false logic
a stage, nor validation.
To undo the damage it’s done, Psychology Today needs
to explicitly reject Kanazawa’s ideas. Please join us in demanding that their
editors apologize, explain how this article was published in the first place and
what they’ll do to ensure it won’t happen again in the future. It takes just a
moment:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/psychtoday

Thanks
and Peace,

— Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani,
Matt, Natasha, and the rest of the ColorOfchange.org team
May 23rd,
2011
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