Trump's Playbook: 1a. Race & IQ (p.7)
Updated: Oct 19, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Goes Into A Presidential Handbook? (p.5)
1. Unequal Opportunity Political Parties (p.6)
1a. Racist Canard (p.7)
1b. Antisemitic Canard (p.10)
1c. Bullying (p.15)
Governor Andrew Gillum says Trump's got a racist 'handbook', while Don Lemon says Trump's 'playing into America's oldest racist canards.'
Being called monkey and dumb might seem harmless but when these pejoratives are hurled a two black Americans by white Americans, in this case, the President and a Governor Candidate, on a public level, they take on a deeper meaning some experts say. Moreover, using the same word across very different contexts communicates very different things,” University of Southern California professor Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, whose expertise includes political engagement and African-American politics.
"So where does this narrative about race and IQ come from, when did it start?"
In case you didn't know, it's not just Lemon and Lebron, he's also fond of accusing U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. of having a “low I.Q.”
Saying U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is an "extraordinary low IQ person." Last (I doubt it will be the last though) but not least (of his most offensive) Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former political aide to Trump whom he described in a tweet as “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.”
Some claim Trump (himself too) that he's not being racist, arguably because he has questioned the IQs of white folks also like George W. Bush and Jon Stewart. However, white people unlike African Americans, haven't been a part of an ongoing narrative for over a century and a half that says African Americans are less intelligent than other Americans.
So where does this narrative about race and IQ come from, when did it start? Historian Ibrim Kendi X in his epic book entitled 'Stamped from the Beginning' that chronicles the history of racist ideas in America, tell us.
In 1916 the IQ test was being perfected, by Lewis Terman and his associates at a time when eugenist ideas were becoming a part of the fledgeling disciplinee of psychology and the basis of these new standardised intelligence test. Many thought these tests would prove once and for all the existence of natural racial hierarchies.
Terman predicted that the IQ test would show enormously significantly racial differences in general intelligence. The difference that cannot be wiped out by any scheme of mental culture.
This was based on the dubious theory that a standardised test could actually quantify and objectively measure something as intricate, subjective and varied as intelligence across different experiential groups. Yet the concept of general intelligence didn't exist. When scholars tried to point out this mirage, intelligence seemed to be as much in the eye of the beholder as general beauty.
And so many Americans were duped (and still are) by Terman into thinking something that is so relative, multifaceted and inherently subjective was actually objective and measurable.
Consequently, the standardised test became the newest objective method of proving black intellectual inferiority and justifying discrimination. The multi-million dollar testing industry quickly developed in schools and workplaces (and still exists). Scientists even disagree on how useful the IQ test is a measurement of IQ.
9. The Art of Spinning Fake News (p.44)
10. Conclusion (p.45)
The double irony of all this is that Trump knows his “black” history. He continues to write his own presidential playbook, playing the racist long game, which in the eyes of many blacks means for racist progress upfield. He's probably writing it with more ‘dumb’ words.