On Wednesday, a guest on Tucker Carlson
's Fox Nation
show pushed white nationalist talking points about Black
and white people
Conservative social scientist Charles Murray
argued on Fox News
’ spin-off streaming service, “Tucker Carlson Today,” that “the cognitive demands” of some occupations mean “a lot more white people qualify (to do them) than Black people.
Carlson, who frequently promotes white nationalist views on his popular Fox News prime-time show, let Murray make his claims unchallenged.
“Essentially, you have registered nurses, and we have data on a fairly large number of registered nurses, Black and white, and the difference in mean IQ between the two is a dozen IQ points, which is quite significant,” Murray explained.
"Entry into certain kinds of occupations is limited because the cognitive demands of those occupations mean that a lot more white people qualify than black people, and even a higher proportion of Asian people qualify than white people," Murray says. pic.twitter.com/z2E7bW3dSp — Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) June 16, 2021
“It means you have a lot of extremely capable Black nurses. You have some incompetent white nurses, but it does mean you have a difference in job performance, and that’s going to be reflected in income, and it’s going to be reflected in the nature
of their careers, and the nature of how they end up, and so forth,” he continued.
Entry “into certain kinds of occupations is limited, because the cognitive demands of those occupations mean that a lot more white people qualify than Black people, and even a higher proportion of Asian people qualify than white people,” Murray explained.
Murray is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center
as “one of America
’s most influential social scientists, using racist
pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino
, and the poor.”
According to the center's website, "disadvantaged groups are disadvantaged because, on average, they cannot compete with white men who are intellectually, psychologically, and morally superior."