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Arthur Jensen (1923–2012) was an American white nationalist and psychologist who was arguably the father of modern day hereditarianism pseudoscience with the publication of an article in the Harvard Educational Review (1969).
Although presenting himself as a political centrist and "objective scientist", the SPLC classifies Jensen as a white nationalist providing evidence of racist statements he made, as well as his associations with the far-right.
The fake latter-day Galileo
As noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“”Jensen worked hard to develop a reputation as an objective scientist who “just never thought along [racial] lines,” and to portray critics of his racist conclusions as politically motivated and unscientific. His followers and allies have continued to push this narrative, presenting Jensen as a latter-day Galileo, unfairly persecuted for his pursuit of scientific truth.
They point out though the "mask did occasionally slip" and Jensen exposed his underlying political agenda:
- Jensen in 1992 was interviewed by the white nationalist Jared Taylor for American Renaissance and both of them agreed on numerous things that are common beliefs or goals of white nationalists e.g. the reduction of black birth rates, but non-reduction of white birth rates, support of eugenics and the pseudoscientific idea the black-white IQ gap is predominantly genetic, rather than sociocultural environmental (i.e. what became known as Jensenism) and the right-wing conspiracy theory cultural Marxist "egalitarians" have taken over academia and suppress opposing viewpoints.
- Jensen sat on the Editorial Board of the German neo-Nazi journal Neue Anthropologie (NA) published by the Society for Biological Anthropology, Eugenics and Behavioural Research and also wrote the NA article "Die falschen Anschuldigungen gegen Sir Cyril Burt" (1977).
- Jensen's controversial research on race and intelligence was financially supported by the white supremacist Pioneer Fund.
- Jensen was a racialist who held pseudoscientific views about race; in Intelligence, Race, And Genetics: Conversations With Arthur R. Jensen (2002) he is quoted as arguing there are 6 human races as genetic clusters, i.e. "Negroids", Australian aborigines/Melanesians, Pacific Islanders/Southeast Asians, "Mongoloids", Amerindians/Eskimos and "Caucasoids". Needless to say, Jensen was uneducated about clines and population genetics.
- Jensen in 1973 argued there is possibly a link between skin colour and intelligence, writing "[t]he possibility of a biochemical connection between skin pigmentation and intelligence is not totally unlikely". The SPLC notes: "Jensen’s statement boils down to the claim that dark skin causes stupidity. No biologist would ever take such a statement seriously, and indeed, none has—though it is now a widely accepted belief among white supremacists."
Arthur Robert Jensen memorial site
The child-rape apologist and alt-right political activist Emil Kirkegaard is the owner of a Arthur Robert Jensen memorial site dedicated to Arthur Jensen. Kirkegaard also tries to portray Jensen as an "objective scientist" who fought against political bias and censorship; he doesn't mention any of Jensen's far-right associations and racist beliefs on the website.
- His New York Times obituary
- A Conversation with Arthur Jensen. American Renaissance, August and September 1992.