Kanazawa fired after black women are unattractive blog goes bust

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Satoshi Kanazawa can get back to his other day jobs because Psychology Today has fired him and his blog ‘The Scientific Fundamentalist: a hard look at truths about human nature.’

One would think that a Japanese evolutionary scientist with a strong media following would know better than to offend black women. Lately, coming down hard on black women hasn't worked out so well for media guys.

October 2010, AOL writer Jawn Murray tweeted that he was tired of protests from nappy headed, angry black women over Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” movie. Despite emails and protests, Murray responded with "so what and get a perm" on his Twitter page. AOL issued a statement, Murray apologized and he held onto his writing job at AOL's Black Voices for a few more months.

Murray signed off in April and blogged about the end of the road, or the end of his job at AOL's Black voices. So long good riddance, bud. Even though he's not blogging on AOL anymore, Murray's legacy for promoting European standards of beauty in African American women, and upon himself, remains. Imus, a popular but old stringy-haired white guy lost his MSNBC AM talk show to the news program " Morning Joe" after he called the Rutgers women basketball team a group of nappy headed hoes. Imus's legacy is pretty much the same. He's that guy who got fired for insulting black women.

And now Satoshi Kanazawa's lost his blog and his profile page has been deleted from Psychology Today's website. His article and unqualified research on unattractive black women sent off a fury of protests online. 75,000 people blew up Psychology Today via email, Twitter and Facebook. Some even rang Psychology Today's telephones off the hook.

When all was said and done, Psychology Today sent an email to ColorofChange.org and informed the largest online African American political organization that Kanazawa's work won't appear on their site any longer. Psychology Today even said they've instituted new rules to prevent inflammatory content in the future.

People who hadn't heard of Kanazawa were sharing the text in question, their hurt, their ire and disbelief that Psychology Today endorsed the piece. They demanded Kanazawa be fired. Students at Kanazawa's other day job, London School of Economics, have also called for Kanazawa's resignation.

It's not just American Black women who were put off by the piece, every segment of the globe's population was annoyed: white men, black men, white women, black women, academics, Asians, Indians, writers, babysitters, the mail man and mail lady. People who surf the web and browse Facebook for random stuff did not like it and this time could not dismiss it.

Kanazawa has been offensive before. He's blogged that criminals look different from non criminals (OJ Simpson, according to Kanazawa looks like a criminal.”) He had an epiphany when he blogged that all women are essentially prostitutes. In the past, offended readers emailed Kanazawa rather than his editors.

Kanazawa’s blogs, for as long as Psychology Today has published them (a little over five years now) have always been controversial, racist, sexist, and unfounded. Most of his blogs are hypotheses on human nature (or why men and women do the the things that they do). Readers are drawn into Kanazawa's ideologies because his notions offer one explanation for human behavior in our contemporary culture and its current setting.

As it stands, contemporary culture is obsessed with beauty and cosmetic surgery has proven itself recession proof. Celebrity lifestyles generally support many of Kanazawa's theses and much of Kanazawa's audience are celebrity and people watchers.

Kanazawa wrote about beauty, women, motherhood, men, and dating. All of which were big hits with contemporary online readers.


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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We're all missing the point. No one is trying to be like the other race and no one should be upset about their race dating a different race. We all have flesh & we have skin and there's tons of colors in the rainbow .The fact that he said African American isn't what should be the upsetting part either, the fact that he even singled out a race and claimed to have some kind of proof that they were the most unattractive was disrespectful. If it was white, black, blue or green it doesn't matter it was disrespectful and ignorant and yes I am an African American woman. I've dated a Black man I've dated a Spanish man and I've dated an Italian before. But what really matters is the heart whats inside that person. If the first thing you look into when dating is a race you got it all wrong and as far as I'm concerned your probably going to me single all your life. There's noting wrong with you believing its true or agreeing with this man i don't think anyone would expect everyone to agree with everything they say but just think of how you say things before you open your mouth and be prepared for not EVERYONE agreeing or disagreeing to what you say like mentioned before there's consequences for every action. Do I strongly disagree with this man ? hell yeah do I think he should have been fired ? hell yeah but who am I ?! Soo after reading his soo called scientific proof I took that as a punch in the face but still I am a strong " Unattractive " ( some like this psychologist would say ) African American women.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm not really sure what the point of this study was for. I mean I guess it wants to hurt black women, which I am sure it has, even if they don't admit it. Oh well, so bw aren't the prettiest. Life goes on...doesn't it?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Had it been a ncsuesone time thing with this guy..it would've been ok. The fact that he's done it so many times to blacks, woman in general, and others..is the problem. He blew his own credibilty and helped destroy his career


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