You KIDDING me?
One point that has yet to be noted — Kanazawa’s post may have helped to start a dialogue that ultimately may be particularly valuable to black women. First, he was the messenger of bad news (let’s not shoot him), but, news about data that (if correct) needs to be heard. Social psychologists have demonstrated the huge impact physical attractiveness has on many aspects of peoples’ lives. If black women suffer further discrimination because, for whatever reason, they are still generally seen as less attractive, the first step to dealing with this inequity is to acknowledge it.
Had his post been censored from the outset (and assuming the effect is real), we may not have seen this problem — we may have simply assumed that it was a non-issue.
Whatcha mean “we?”
So Kanazawa’s post alerts us to a issue of particular concern to a group of people that have already experienced a great deal of discrimination. If there are current cultural factors that are further exacerbating this, our consciousness needs to be raised, and these issues need to be confronted if cultural biases and perceptions are to be challenged, and, hopefully, changed over time.
Y’all. I’m officially OUT OF WORDS.