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I deeply regret my delay in reporting that Psychology Today has apologized for allowing evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa to post racist, sexist, shoddy, mean-spirited manipulations of data on its web site under the guise of scientific exploration.

Signed by the publication’s editor in chief, Kaja Perina, the statement appeared on May 27th, the Friday before Memorial Day.

For my part, I take full responsibility for failing to Google “Study proves that Black women are uglier than everybody else,” or “PT, why haven’t you responded to the change.org and colorofchange.org petitions yet?” during my days off.

Here is Perina’s statement, in full:

An Apology from Psychology Today Statement from the Editor

Published on May 27, 2011 by PT Editors in Brainstorm

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 caused.

~Kaja Perina, Editor in Chief

I’m sorry to say that this apology is only slightly less annoying than the catalyst for it.

It doesn’t specify the race and gender directly targeted by Kanazawa’s racist pseudoscience: Black. Women.

It doesn’t acknowledge the deep scientific flaws that a range of Psychology Today’s own bloggers cited, again, and again, and again.

Based on searches of the site’s index and content, Kanazawa’s entire blog seems to have disappeared. Deleting source material is the opposite of transparency. And it creates more labor for people who would like to evaluate Kanazawa’s Psychology Today work themselves.

This is tired, and so I am I. Apology not accepted.

Update: Alisa Bierria, co-sponsor of the above linked change.org petition gave me a heads up that Kanazawa’s work is still on the PT site. You just have to search under his name (and be sure to spell it exactly right!) or the “The Scientific Fundamentalist,” the blog he co-authors.

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/psychology_today_apologizes_for_publishing_satoshi_kanazawas_racist_pseudoscience.html


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