American Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honorary titles for repeating the “unsubstantiated” claim that genes make black people less intelligent than whites.
The 90-year-old biologist sparked controversy in a new documentary program dubbed “American Masters: Decoding Watson” aired on PBS earlier this month, when he said genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests.
The remarks by Watson, a founder of modern genetics, came more than a decade after he initially suggested that black people are intrinsically less intelligent than whites.
Though he had apologized for the racist comments back then, he said recently that his views had not changed.
“I would like for them to have changed, that there be new knowledge that says that your nurture is much more important than nature. But I haven’t seen any knowledge. And there’s a difference on the average…