links for 2011-05-28

  • "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."
  • "After watching this happen again and again, something occurred to me: Why don’t the white men who are asked to engage in this nonsense simply stop doing it? The boycott is a protest with a long history of success. If white, male elites started saying, 'I will not participate in your panel, event, or article if it is all about white men,' chances are these panels and articles would quickly dry up—or become more diverse."
  • "Many of these reverse migrants describe a sense of relief about working for African-American media after years in the mainstream. 'It was like coming home,' said Michael Cottman, a senior correspondent at, who in 1978 began his career at the Atlanta Daily World, the city’s oldest continuously published black newspaper. In between he worked for The Miami Herald, New York Newsday, and The Washington Post. Cottman said at mainstream organizations he sometimes felt resistance to story ideas or suspicion about his ability to be objective while covering black-oriented subjects. He said at Reach Media, his professionalism is assumed."
  • Lyonside

    The PT apology was decent – at least it wasn’t the faux-pology we’re all used to hearing. HOwever, they also have a “5 Things we learn…” post that claims that Kanazawa misspoke. MISSPOKE? Yeah, right…. 

    • Anne Marie

      Yeah, they faux-pologized to me. They told me it was a “mistake” if I could see it because they’d removed it and they ignored my other complaints.

  • Val R.

    The apology from Psychology Today is a start but was anyone fired? Will that fake social scientist be allowed to publish again? 

    If there is no actual price to pay for this then it will just happen again.