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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Having actually read Dr. Kanazawa's controversial work, it looks like he's trying to correlate data with actual biology. It's not, "Why are black women ugly?", it's "Why do a preponderance of people surveyed with a varied set of photos of people of different races find black women unattractive, while simultaneously finding black men more attractive than black women?" And it's an intriguing question, and actually has some psychological significance.

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Satoshi Kanazawa’s lost his blog and his profile page has been deleted from Psychology Today’s website. His article and unqualified research on unattractive black women sent off a fury of protests online. 75,000 people blew up Psychology Today via email, Twitter and Facebook. Some even rang Psychology Today’s telephones off the hook.

When all was said and done, Psychology Today sent an email to ColorofChange.org and informed the largest online African American political organization that Kanazawa’s work won’t appear on their site any longer. Psychology Today even said they’ve instituted new rules to prevent inflammatory content in the future.

People who hadn’t heard of Kanazawa were sharing the text in question, their hurt, their ire and disbelief that Psychology Today endorsed the piece. They demanded Kanazawa be fired. Students at Kanazawa’s other day job, London School of Economics, have also called for Kanazawa’s resignation.

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