“Greatest Living Scientist” Shunned for Telling Truth About Race, Forced to Sell Nobel Prize

By Pete Papaherakles —

James Dewey Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize for co-discovering deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sold for an astonishing $4.76 million at an auction held on December 4 at Christie’s auction house in New York, marking the first time a living scientist has ever sold his Nobel.

Watson, 86, referred to as “the greatest living scientist” by the auctioneer, had said he was auctioning the coveted prize because his discoveries had made him a pariah. “No one really wants to admit I exist,” he said.

Watson received the Nobel Prize in Medicine along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for discovering the double helix structure of DNA, which laid the foundation of the science of genomics. Their discovery was actually made nine years earlier, in 1953, when Watson was only 24-years-old.


In his 1968 book, The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, Watson called DNA “the Rosetta Stone for unraveling the true secret of life.” He added that DNA offered the key to how our genes determine not only the color of our hair and eyes but “our comparative intelligence and even our potential to amuse others.”

Little did Watson know that his discovery would eventually get him into a lot of hot water.

The world-famous biologist was shunned by the scientific community after linking intelligence to race. In 2007 he told The Sunday Times of London: “[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa [because] all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.”

He went on to say that, despite the desire that all human beings should be equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”

This was no excuse for discrimination against blacks, Watson explained.

“There are many people of color who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level,” he said.

He explained that he had recently inaugurated a DNA learning center in New York near Harlem and wanted to have more black researchers at the lab, “but there’s no one to recruit.”

As many others before him found out the hard way, candor about race in the media is not a good idea. The outcry about his comments being racist forced him to retire from his position as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, where he had worked for nearly 40 years, as director and president for 35 of those years. His work there was described by the current president as “unparalleled in the world of science.”

He has also not had any speaking engagements since 2007.

“Because I was an ‘unperson’ I was fired from the boards of companies, so I have no income, apart from my academic income,” Watson said.

What Watson said about race and IQ is nothing new. It was documented by scientists and anthropologists throughout the 20th century. The Bell Curve: Intelligence ans Class Structure in American Life, a best selling 1994 book by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, demonstrates that genetics account for many differences between the races, including intelligence.

Books by Philippe Rushton, Carleton Putnam, William Shockley, Carleton Coon and other scientists and anthropologists also reach the same conclusions. Thousands of tests and studies conducted over many decades show that on average blacks are 15 points lower in IQ than whites. This is not racism; it’s statistics.

Due to political correctness this scientifically proven fact has become like the proverbial “emperor’s new clothes” in order to maintain the equality myth. Blacks are also more prone to violence due to hormone differences, which has been demonstrated by black crime statistics and the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Blacks can sprint faster and jump higher than whites due to the fact that they have more fast-twitch muscle fibers, but they can’t swim, ski or perform gymnastics as well as whites. This has been documented in scientific studies and books such as Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It written by Jon Entine.

It all comes down to the nature versus nurture debate. Cultural Marxists in control of the media and academia have been teaching for many decades that race is simply a “social construct” and that there are no genetic differences except skin color and that intelligence and personality are strictly products of one’s upbringing. This nonsense has been taught in academia since Jewish “cultural anthropologist” Franz Boaz first introduced the Marxist pseudo-science idea in the 1930s. Today it has become gospel.


The myth of racial equality is essential in maintaining racial tensions. If we are all created equal yet blacks are still underachievers, it can only be that blacks have been victims of white oppression and racism and are entitled to benefits by whites as reparations.

By discrediting Watson and the evidence of racial inequality that his research exposes, the establishment is desperately trying to keep Americans under an ever-diminishing egalitarian illusion manufactured by cultural Bolsheviks.

But there was a happy ending to this story. Not only did Watson receive a whopping $4.1 million for auctioning his Nobel Prize, but he ended up having his cake and eating it, too. The anonymous buyer revealed himself to be the richest man in Russia, Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov, who plans on returning the award to Watson. The medal cost Usmanov $4.76 million including commission, and he expressed disgust that Watson was forced to sell his prize.

“In my opinion,” he stated,  “a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable. James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind and his award for the discovery of DNA structure must belong to him.”

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Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.

18 Comments on “Greatest Living Scientist” Shunned for Telling Truth About Race, Forced to Sell Nobel Prize

  1. Is it racist to think that white people aren’t as good at basketball or football as black people? How about running and jumping?

    I’m a person of color but I’m also not so blind as to see reality and statistics. Just as Germans are exceptional at engineering, Jews are exceptional in business and Mexicans excel in boxing. How many of them do you see in the NBA?

    Of course we are all out of Africa, but that doesn’t mean that other tribes didn’t evolve differently.

  2. Common sense . . . plain and simple.

    Watson is correct. You can see it at work at school at the supermarket . . . everywhere.

  3. James Watson is partially right and partially wrong. Many Africans have large brains as Africa has the most genetic diversity in the world.

    There’s one thing that doesn’t fit into Watson’s claims, it’s Barbados, a country with a 92.4% African population, but a high HDI.

    Barbados has a population size of less than 300,000 but:

    • Cardinal Warde, from Barbados, is a full Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, he got his PhD. in physics at Yale University
    • Velmer B. Headley, from Barbados, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Brock University

    Multiple studies show PhD. physicists and full Professors as having among the highest IQs of any group, so how could such thing be possible since Barbados has a population size of less than 300,000 if the average IQ is low there?

    I guess only if the standard deviation is high.

  4. Note the ranting of the low IQ creature below. Go and collect your welfare check and smoke some drugs.

    Your people are the only ones who never invented the wheel even.

  5. This is hilarious, absurd, and incorrect! White people you should know where you came from! You were ANIMALS living in the CAVES of the Caucus mountains! You are an albino species! Look up your true history, it is you who was unintelligent. Do you ever wonder why your history begins at the Greeks and Romans when civilization is said to be at least 10,000 years old? I’ll tell you.

    Because your people STOLE from the existing AFRICAN empires in Europe and then Africa and here is Meso (America). You have stolen your history. You did not have speech, reading, or writing when you first made contact with Africans, who had already developed widespread, advanced civilizations that were in harmony with the environment and were not based on predation, but respect.

    As such, when the Portuguese arrived they were quite surprised that the Africans left the doors to their houses unlocked and were not worried about thievery, banditry and assault. Lest you think these were tent dwellers, think again! They also remarked that the economy they witnessed was LARGER than anything back home! While you were in the ‘so-called’ dark ages, Africa had A RICH HISTORY. Africans are far less violent than whites and much more cooperative.

    The violence you see today is because WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PLAYING DIVIDE AND CONQUER STRATEGIES IN AFRICA SINCE COLONIALISM BEGAN! The Hutus and the Tutsis intermarried and got along FINE for *CENTURIES.* Then the so-called European came, divided the two groups and gave one power over the other so that resentment fostered for decades.

    That resentment boiled over into the Rwandan genocide of 1994. And some of you commenters have THE NERVE to use that as an example of black inferiority/white superiority. Guess what? That’s like pushing a retarded kid in front of a train and accusing him of lacking balance. The only people who have to ‘claim’ they are superior are those who KNOW THEY ARE INFERIOR. Like the loudest barking dog usually has the smallest bite…YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW YOUR OWN HISTORY. Too much fluoride I suppose.

  6. Dr. Watson’s comments only go to prove that one can be very clever in some ways and not so smart in other ways. Which all goes to prove that we humans, even the best of us, are not so smart. We make progress very, very slowly and only when we can get access to what has been, learned previously by others. Without the time and previous knowledge, no civilization, black, white or any color in between can make a significant progress.
  7. Commenter above says whites came from blacks so blacks must be as smart as whites just as humans came from amoebas thus amoebas are as smart as humans. Evolution often entails an increase in intelligence.

    Another commenter says he “believes” that racial differences are physical not intellectual even though intellect is physical. Anatomy is accompanied by cytology and biochemistry in the field of the physical science.

  8. I see nothing morally wrong with his statement; it is less absurd than Afrocentrists. However, I do not believe in genetics above the psyche in a broad way (nor biochemical reactions undermining the psyche) and think that you can get any wanted mathematical equation one wants out of the genetic endeavor. At the same time, people state absurd claims that the genome shows the fallacy of race; this is obviously fraudulent. What it does is point to the human family. I really do not believe in physical differences that result in different level of intelligence as a race. I do however know that there are physical differences.
  9. Whites have advanced empires and have founded institutions…of course they are brighter! I hate the fact that we live in such a politically correct world. Thanks Jews!
  10. I have had a lifetime of experience with different peoples. Dr. Watson is correct. As to the idea that mixed race people may be smarter that only adds credibility to the whole theory. Race makes all the difference and always has. One cannot run away from genes!
  11. Dr. Watson’s DNA research into race versus intelligence proves what most common-sense observers have known for thousands of years.
  12. Very interesting article indeed but very stupid comments (except lindamilo) for not wanting to see the ‘writing on the wall’!

    As you said: “This is not racism; it’s statistics.”

  13. Pitiful that there is such debate over skin color. It’s just SKIN!!! This will never end as long as people continue this foolishness.

    The heart of the matter is that JESUS said to love one another—that means EVERYBODY. HE said “You have heard it said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”…Book of Matthew

  15. So exciting to read Dr. James Dewey Watson. How does one contact this exceptional man?

    Thank you for the article. His having to sell his lauded, recognized confirmation as the proof of the pudding is a crimeing-shame!

    Best wishes for an nth recovery!!

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