Satoshi Kanazawa is a bigot you can’t forget. That’s because he just won’t go away — a mainstream magazine, respected academic journals and one of the most prestigious universities in the world all give a platform to the evolutionary psychologist. Kanazawa is infamous for his pseudo-scientific theories on attractiveness and intelligence as it relates to race and gender.
But, due to the mobilization of thousands of activists from around the world, his unfortunate prominence in publishing and academia is fading.
In May, Kanazawa published an article on Psychology Today’s website entitled, “Why Are African-American Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”
Unsurprisingly, the racist and sexist article, based on shoddy research and biased conclusions, sparked considerable outrage. Our friends at ColorOfChange, the United States’ largest African-American online political organization, mobilized over 75,000 people to call on Psychology Today through social media, phone calls, emails and a petition we partnered with them to create.
In addition, other bloggers on the site dismissed his claims. And students at the University of London, where Kanazawa is a Reader in Management at the London School of Economics, voted to campaign around his dismissal from the university.
Psychology Today swiftly removed the blog post, but they were mum on the specifics of the issue that angered thousands of people around the world. After more than a week of campaigning against the article, though, Psychology Today‘s editor-in-chief finally issued a statement on May 27:
Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi
Kanazawa was published — and promptly removed — from this site. We
deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused.
Psychology Today’s mission is to inform the public, not to provide a
platform for inflammatory and offensive material. Psychology Today does
not tolerate racism or prejudice of any sort. The post was not approved
by Psychology Today, but we take full responsibility for its publication on
our site. We have taken measures to ensure that such an incident does
not occur again. Again, we are deeply sorry for the hurt that this post
Kanazawa’s entire archive is no longer available on the website and he will not contribute work in the future. The magazine told ColorOfChange that they working on ways to prevent incidents like this from happening again.
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