Sacramento science fair project tying race to IQ sparks outcry

Sacramento science fair project tying race to IQ sparks outcry

Sacramento science fair project tying race to IQ sparks outcry

Students, parents and staff at C.K. McClatchy High School are upset over a science fair project by a student in its elite magnet program that questioned whether certain races of people lack the intelligence to handle the program's academically challenging coursework.

The reports states that the project was proposed as, "Race and IQ", with a proposed hypothesis of, "If the average IQs of blacks, Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the racial disproportionality in the Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP) is justified".

The project was on view with others Monday as part of an annual science fair but was removed Wednesday after complaints.

According to the report the project also included a quote from a 1904 tract called "The Essential Kafir" which argued that South African blacks were intellectually inferior to whites.

The HISP program teaches students by widening their cultural horizons - but of the 508 students in the program, just 12 are African-American, as opposed to 80 Hispanic students and 104 Asian students.

"We've clearly not progressed as much as the students want to think we have", said one freshman in HISP.

Principal Peter Lambert told parents in an email message that the school condemns discrimination and is reviewing the incident.

"We are looking into the appropriate response to a situation like this", Alex Barrios, Sacramento Unified school district spokesman, told the Bee.

District officials said the student's project may not have violated district policy.

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