Television, Murray, Rushton

Michelle B. Golden (mgolden@UNIX.CC.EMORY.EDU)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 11:50:54 -0400


A couple of people have posted re: Murray (and Rushton? I've
unfortunately deleted the messages) on "Eye to Eye" and "Primetime" last

A question, harking back to the (traumatic) discussion from last week re:
power and racism: does the fact that we see Murray (and Rushton?) on major
TV news shows and we don't see the melanin scholars tell us anything
about the power relationships as related to theories of race? If these
shows did a piece on the melanin scholars, how do you think they'd be
portrayed--as scholars (as Murray (and Rushton?) were or as fanatics?

Does this complicate the intellectual purity of the issue (ie we as
scholars are opposed to anything linking biology and capacity)? Are we
operating in a vacuum? Seems to me that the publicity machine that
brings "scholarly" work to the public (and thus can have a tremendous
impact on all sorts of real world things) is significant.

Could we this time have a discussion on issues as opposed to a polemic
debate? Thanks.

Michelle "I must be a masochist" Golden (