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If TV commercials are to be believed, most families in the US are mixed race. Of course they’re not, although since 2010 the number of people who claim to be multiracial has increased from 9 million, about three percent of the population, to 33.8 million, or 10.2 percent [Improved Race and Ethnicity Measures Reveal U.S. Population Is Much More Multiracial, by Nicholas Jones, Rachel Marks, Roberto Ramirez, and Merarys Rios-Vargas,, August 12, 2021]. However, only about nine percent of those multiracial people (3.1 million) are white-black. Breaking news: It turns out that it matters whether their mothers were white or black.

Mainstream research and media tell us that “biracial” and “monoracial” Americans are identical psychologically, and importantly, in terms of IQ. They aren’t. More specifically, the IQ of a biracial child is linked to the race of the mother. Thus it is not surprising that the most successful biracial politician in American history, Barack Hussein Obama, had a white mother.

Some scientists have argued that because certain genes for intelligence are on the X chromosome, you inherit more of your intelligence from your mother than from your father. “Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one,” as the Independent explained about a study that has disappeared from the web [Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, say scientists, by Charlotte England, Independent, December 23, 2019]. (But this has been disputed: No, Research Has Not Established That You Inherited Your Intelligence From Your Mother, by Emily Willingham, September 16, 2016).

Nevertheless, psychologist Meng Hu of the University of Hong Kong has found that having a black mother seems to be bad for IQ, race of the father regardless. Additionally, he suggests that IQ may be more genetic among blacks than other races [Testing the Race of the Mother Hypothesis: Does Mother’s Involvement Matter for The Cognitive Development of Interracial Children?, Open Psych, September 8, 2022]. In other words, black intelligence is more hardwired than that of whites, Asians and Hispanics, who are more influenced by their environment.

Understanding Hu’s findings requires some background.

In 1974, geneticists studied the effect of biracial parentage on the IQ of children by setting up two groups: one where the mother was black and the father white, and one where the mother was white and the father black [Intellectual development of children from interracial matings: Performance in infancy and at 4 years, by L. Willerman et al., Behavior Genetics, 1974]. The authors found little intelligence gap between “interracial” infants at 8 months old. By age 4, however, a considerable gap had arisen. Children with a black mother and white father were noticeably less intelligent than children with a white mother and black father.

The mother is usually the primary caregiver, feeding and stimulating the child intellectually—or not—which affects IQ. So the authors proposed that adequate parenting would diminish, or end, the racial IQ gap.

Hu disputed that theory in his Open Psych paper and at his Human Varieties blog, which he runs with three co-writers [Re-analysis of Willerman’s Study: Race of Mother’s Hypothesis, September 11, 2022].

Strong evidence shows that IQ gains attained in childhood, via such programs as Head Start, wash out in adulthood, which is why black children adopted by white families have an average or higher childhood IQ, but end up with an adult IQ closer to the black mean, as Arthur Jensen explained with his g factor. In childhood, the causes of IQ are mainly environmental; a child’s IQ reflects the IQ of parents and caregivers. But as he grows and leaves home, he creates his own environment consistent with his own innate intelligence. IQ will rise or, in the case of blacks adopted by white families, fall.

However, with biracial children of black mothers, Hu found, it’s not quite that simple. The “parenting effect” influences biracial children of black mothers, even controlling for socioeconomic status (SES). “After controlling for SES, the IQ gap at age 4 was as high as 7 points but dropped [to] 4 points at age 7,” Hu wrote at Human Varieties:

Without controlling for SES, the IQ gap is similar at both ages. Whether the gap would be further reduced later is unknown but it wouldn’t be surprising.

However, Hu thought those findings were likely due to sampling errors. So he retested using different data with which he could compare a number of different races. This led to all kinds of peculiar results, as he wrote at his blog:

Consider this. In the CPP [Willierman’s Collaborative Perinatal Project], White mother was positively associated with children IQ among Black-White mating, but White mothers had higher education than Black mothers. In the [High School Longitudinal Study of 2009], Black mother was positively associated with children score while they also had higher education than White mothers. In the CPP, White mother was negatively associated with children IQ among Hispanic-White mating while they also had lower education than Hispanic mothers. But in [The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health], Hispanic mother had lower education and also was negatively associated with children verbal score (before controlling for SES).

The solution Hu proposes for these anomalies: The degree to which genes affect intelligence might be tied to race, as he also notes on his blog:

One challenge interpreting the data well is that SES may have a different impact across ethnic groups. For instance, if SES explains a huge portion of the Hispanic-White gap but only partially explains the Black-White gap, as is usually the case, it means additional factors have to be considered with respect to the Black-White cognitive gap.

This actually makes a great deal of sense. In his 1995 book Race, Evolution and Behavior: A Life History Perspective, J. Philippe Rushton argued that blacks and whites differ in “life history strategy.” Whites, and to an even greater extent Northeast Asians, are evolved to a harsh-yet-predictable ecology in which the carrying capacity for the species has been reached. They compete against each other and must adapt to the environment. So they take energy away from sex and direct it toward nurture, raising offspring to compete in very specific niches.

Blacks are evolved to an easy-yet-unstable environment, so invest more of their energy in copulation. Blacks have a shorter childhood than whites—they go through puberty earlier—and they age more quickly. So perhaps they are less environmentally plastic than whites. That goes back to the suggestion that black IQ is more hard-wired to genes than IQ in other races.

Having a black mother—again, race of the father regardless—lowers IQ even controlling for socioeconomic status, because the intellectual benefits of high socioeconomic status won’t much affect intelligence. IQ is more innate; more inborn.

That possible difference must be seriously researched. Maybe some significant data would be found by comparing the life and career achievements of biracial superstars like Obama, the son of Ann Dunham and, supposedly, a black African economist, to the biracial offspring of black mothers and white fathers.

A celebrity of that mix comes to mind: Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, the daughter of a white father and a black mother. Her public behavior and utterances suggest that she might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

This is not a good lookout for their children.

Lance Welton [email him] is the pen name of a freelance journalist living in New York.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Race/Ethnicity, Science • Tags: Blacks, Phil Rushton, Race and Iq 
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  1. vow says:

    Lol. By the rate of this racial mixing, Whites will go extinct. White women can’t resist Black men.

  2. anarchyst says:

    Wait till the biracial child’s black DNA starts to reassert itself when the child is around 12 or 13 years of age.
    Colin Kapaernick is a prime example.
    Being raised by white parents, he should be grateful for all of the opportunities that they afforded him.
    Kapaernick has turned into a White-hating black man who blames White society for his own attitudes and shortcomings.

  3. Bo Bo says:

    Blacks and Whites f*ucking each other produce children who are neither Black nor White- but sort of both (biracial). The poor child has to endure a life of being too good to be Black and not good enough to be White. They don’t fit in with Blacks or Whites (also in their minds) – because they are neither. Their parents did that to them because of their f*ucking. People are free to f*uck who they want. But the poor children are the victims. They are the ones suffering psychological damage their whole entire life because of their f*cking parents.

    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  4. Zimriel says:

    Harry’s best hope is that Markle’s stupidity is recessive and a product of laziness. To look at her she’s not even as black as Beyoncé (famously highyellow… and smarter than most in showbiz).
    I wonder if this post would have been better structured as a study in a maternal legacy in intelligence. Lots of us Ashkenazim aren’t particularly near-eastern in appearance but do well in mathematics. Guess how we trace our ancestry.

  5. And I was all set to propose to my LaQuaneesha! Fuggetaboutit!

    • LOL: Joe Paluka
  6. Emma S. says:

    Despite what porn and media has taught you, majority of White women are not interested in Black men and are more likely to feel scared of being raped and murdered around them than want to mate with them. The vast majority of women like White men.

  7. BuelahMan says:

    Rape is a black thing, isn’t it?

  8. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    It depends on what goes into the mix. Obama’s parents were both college students. The others? Who knows but many are, from observation, dysfunctional in one way or another. White men who procreate with black women are a rather rare breed but with some exceptions seem to be at the low end of the scale. After all, how many do you actually run across in everyday life? What kind of a white guy would be interested in a black female? There’s this constant barrage of media misrepresentations but the reality is that black-white couplings are mostly a downscale affair. Most mixed race people are White-Asian-Hispanic combos, not the ones pushed by the media.

    • Agree: Meretricious
  9. Thus it is not surprising that the most successful biracial politician in American history, Barack Hussein Obama, had a white mother.

    While this statement is true, it is misleading. The ONLY reason Affirmative Action Barry was successful was preferential treatment. If this lightweight had been white instead of biracial he would have been laughed out of the fishbowl.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
    • Replies: @Vergissmeinnicht
  10. @Meretricious

    Obama’s IQ was around 120 according to an ‘HBD’ blogger who estimated his IQ based on his grades at Harvard, if I’m not mistaken…

    John McCain’s IQ is public record because, as everybody else, he had to do an IQ Test to join the Military. Around 130, if I recall correctly…

  11. Who cares, it’s a meaningless study.

  12. I notice that “black” quarterbacks in the NFL that enjoy much success tend to have White mothers. Smarter players thanks to better nurturing as children.

  13. @Vergissmeinnicht

    LOL. grades at “Harvard”? which Harvard? Everyone knows the lightweight was taking CRT under the tutelage of Derrick Bell. Have you listened to the lightweight speak extemporaneously? He’s not even a mediocre 120 IQ. Ever wonder why he married Michelle ‘102 IQ’ Robinson? Birds of similar IQs …

  14. @vow

    Q: Why do black men always cry after sex?
    A: The pepper spray.

    • LOL: Meretricious, QCIC
  15. ACOWW bestows white IQ to blacks. It’s race treason, arming the black race with a white asset.

  16. In all three pictures on this page, Ann Dunham’s face gives off virtually no affective signals. (The short upper lip certainly doesn’t help.) She looks like someone who has had a frontal lobotomy. No wonder her son turned out to be a solipsistic homosexual.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @james wilson
  17. @Meretricious

    You’re judging McCain by an unfair standard. That is to say, you have used your senses to collect evidentiary data about him, and then you have used your mind to collate the evidence and draw a conclusion. Why can’t you just believe what the (((Narrative))) tells you about him and be happy with that?


    • LOL: Meretricious, Truth
  18. Truth says:

    John McCain’s IQ is public record because, as everybody else, he had to do an IQ Test to join the Military. Around 130, if I recall correctly…

    Is that right?

    • Replies: @Philmuhcrevis
  19. @vow

    If this OKCupid “reply rate” statgraphic is correct, white women respond most to … white men and black women respond most to … white men.

    Okcupid reply rate by race and gender from OkCupid

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  20. @Truth

    Is that right?

    His IQ may be up for debate, and I’m no fan of his but he also flew combat missions off of aircraft carriers before being shot down during a combat mission in a fighter jet. How many niggers have you seen in the cockpits of Naval aircraft that fly from carriers? The correct answer is essentially none, even today. I’m sure there are a few here or there and some might actually be competent, but in the end it’s like Engineering programs, high end mathematics and everything else that requires intelligence and calm calculated problem solving skills. Nig-grows overwhelmingly fall flat in these areas. And just in case you’re wondering, munts make up less than 2% of all the USN aviator numbers. Who knows, maybe the US military will relax restrictions across the board so they can ruin another career field reserved for the elite.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  21. Truth says:

    I don’t know, Old Sport, but I do know that it can’t feel good knowing that, by your own scale, this guy in that hat…

    Has a son that is smarter than you…

  22. Anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:

    Who knows, maybe the US military will relax restrictions across the board so they can ruin another career field reserved for the elite.

    Turns out that fighter aircraft are hard to control, probably as a side effect of their maneuverability. See: Every Man A Tiger, which concerns the USAF during the Vietnam War. It says that the USAF divides its pilots into two classes: fighter pilots and transport pilots.
    During the Vietnam War, the USAF tried putting transport pilots into fighter aircraft. At least one USAF flight instructor routinely told repurposed transport pilots “Do not worry about hitting the target with your ordnance. Worry about hitting the ground with your aircraft”, that latter task being all the could accomplish.
    I once knew a woman (married, very nice person in many ways) who was training for the USAF acrobatics team back when they were desperate to have a woman on the team. She eventually gave up because she could not reliably tell left from right. When it comes to that sort of reflex compliance, people either have them or don’t.
    So an attempt to qualify the unqualifiable will not result in mediocre performance. It will result in loss of aircraft.

  23. @anarchyst

    He is the strongest argument in the world against whites adopting black children.

    • Thanks: anarchyst
  24. @Bo Bo

    Miscegenation is a bad idea all around.

    • Agree: Bo Bo
  25. Truth says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    And what, exactly does “who women find attractive” have to do with who they schtup?

  26. @Truth

    Even most of the women who say they like White men will still have no problem sleeping with a Black guy who looks like Idris Elba or Denzel Washington.

  27. @Truth

    This is the same. In most cases, women avoid the people they dislike & won’t have sex with types of men they loathe.

    • Replies: @Truth
  28. @Anti-FascistAction

    Although I don’t care for celebrities, nor for Hollywood-type degeneracy & promiscuity, it is evident that virtually all Lotharios are white. It has always been so & it will be in the future.

    It is especially evident in an ape-like culture like those of blacks, where promiscuity is the norm (whether in Africa, North or South America). In not so highly promiscuous culture, like those of Europeans and various Asians, only truly high value men- historically: Byron, Hugo, Wagner, Liszt, Musset, Chopin, Stravinsky, Nabokov, ..- did have access to high quality women, which is not the case with American/British idiotic “celebrities” who are considered to be the refuse of the humanity, whichever race.

  29. Biracial children have a high likelihood of risky lifestyles, drug and alcohol abuse, rare medical disorders and lifelong feelings of alienation because they are mixed-bloods.

    There are White people who think miscegenation will produce a superior hybrid, or at least a lovable mutt. White women especially like the sound of claiming multiple exotic ancestries, as if that makes a more desirable human. White ideologues believe their mixed child is a political statement, who will advance the world into a utopian, raceless future. Genetic decline of their spawn is not on their minds.

    Either way, miscegenation for Whites is a biological experiment which relies too much on hope and ignorance.

    For non-Whites, miscegenation means gaining admired White genetics into their blood line.

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
  30. Truth says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    This is the same. In most cases, women avoid the people they dislike & won’t have sex with types of men they loathe.

    (…sigh, youngsters…)

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  31. @Anti-FascistAction

    Tiger Woods, of mixed race, couldn’t fly straight. Even married to a Nordic model, he couldn’t say no to White groupies. His substance abuse problems got him arrested.

    His children look Black. Apart from a fading career, there is nothing to him. Elin Nordegren, a naive Swede and daughter of her country’s migration minister, was a victim of late 20th century biracial propaganda.

  32. anarchyst says:

    The “loathing” goes away when women’s biological clock starts ticking closer to menopause.

  33. anarchyst says:

    From a medical standpoint, mixed race individuals also have difficulties with “type matching”, efficacy of drugs and treatments, and especially organ-donor matching.

  34. Z3fan says:

    The bigh quality White women do not race mix. It will be a strongly eugenic effect for Whites over time, as we lose the genes of women with low standards and poor judgment, and retain the high quality women. The Whites will get better and better.

    And as Whites start to develop ethnocentric institutions in response to Antiwhite Hate, those higher quality Whites will get stronger still.

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
  35. Atle says:

    Dumber white women like black men. It’s a meeting of the minds. A slight net improvement.

    • Agree: Meretricious
  36. @beavertales

    Really the guy is just a clown. He made millions because he can hit a little ball in a hole and would endorse anything.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  37. @anonymouseperson

    To be honest- all sportspeople are clowns.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
  38. It is still lower than a white father and a white mother; but Schopenhauer said back in the 1820s that a kid gets its character from his father and his intelligence from his mother.

  39. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pierre de Craon

    Ann Dunham was a remarkably ugly woman. Her face is distinctly weird-looking. It’s likely she dated black men because the white ones showed no interest in her. In 1960, being ugly, a militant liberal, arrogant, and hectoring would have made white men run for their lives.

    There’s a reason why ‘Ugly as a black man’s white girlfriend’ is a truism.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
    • Replies: @Meretricious
  40. Hitmarck says:

    Since men are those who build and create u can safely put black males in the category of women that cant even birth a mediocre man.

  41. Your dead on with this post iv been saying that for years now😂😂💯💯💯👍👍

  42. @Anon

    S. Ann Dunham, East-West Center alumna

    Ann Dunham was a remarkably ugly woman? I think not. She reminds me of a cute librarian

  43. @Pierre de Craon

    If Obama has never been known to be close to his mother it is because she is his sister, half-sister. Stanley Ann in return never displayed more motherly affection for her half-brother because hers was a performance and a duty for her father Stanley, Obama’s father, who clearly always wanted a son. Who the lucky black mother was is unknown, which explains the birth certificate mystery.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
  44. @james wilson

    Look at the shape of the mother’s head (and chin) I posted above; it definitely resembles Obama’s

  45. Dani says:

    Oh, come on!!! This is really starting to get on my nerves now. I have to wonder if it is intentional – I’m just not sure. Barrack Obama’s mother was a Jewess – she was NOT White. Now, that being said, the argument made does not change – in fact, what I pointed out is cosmetic, I suppose.

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