“Let’s start with the biological differences in sports, which is something almost everyone observes. Jon Entine’s recent book Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It, addresses the old cliché that “White men can’t jump” (and the new one that Oriental men jump even less well). Entine shows that in sports, it is Black men and women who can sky! And yet, as the data also show, it is mainly Blacks of West African descent who excel at running over short distances, while Blacks of East African descent – from Kenya and Ethiopia – excel at marathon running over long distances. These differences between East and West Africans show that taking an average can sometimes gloss over important distinctions. Still, Blacks from both East and West Africa excel at one or another kind of running. In sports, Blacks as a group, have a genetic advantage. “ J Phillipe Rushton http://theoccidentalquarterly.com/images/jpr21-chart1.jpg
The idea that blacks are inherently more athletic than whites (and even more so than Asians) is widely accepted as true even in academic circles which deal with racial difference. People look at the finals of track events at the Olympics and see a disproportionate number of blacks, especially in the sprint events, and conclude that this correlation between race and athletics winners proves the case for black athletic supremacy. The problem with this conclusion is that it is merely a correlation and a correlation which has not been subjected to rigorous examination.
There are good reasons to suspect that innate black athletic advantage does not exist. The 800 and 1500 metres events were dominated in the late nineteen seventies and eighties by whites such as Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. Their times look good today. – Coe’s 800 metre record only went a few years ago. The current Olympic 400 metres champion is the white man Jeremy Warriner. The 200 metres at the Sydney Olympics was won by a white man the Greek Kostas Kenteris. When the black Michael Johnson (arguably the greatest track athlete of the past half century) won the 400 metres in the Atlanta Olympics he was followed home in second by the white Roger Black.
If whites can compete successfully as the people mentioned above competed , clearly whites are not genetically incapable of beating even the best black athletes. Of course, there is still the question of whether one race is on average more naturally endowed with athletic ability than others, but if there are substantial numbers of whites who win at the highest level and set times which blacks do not beat either at all or by much, then it is reasonable to question whether whites are inherently inferior as athletes. The starting point for such questioning is the numbers participating in athletics in the various disciplines and their racial and class distribution.
Fifty years ago most Olympic track winners were white. Then as decolonisation took place and multiculturalism gripped hold of places such as the USA and Britain, more and more black athletes entered track athletics. They began to dominate the sprints, then the longer distances. The question is, did blacks begin to dominate because they were inherently superior to whites or because the number of whites taking up track athletics was far fewer than the number of blacks doing so? An analysis of overall numbers is required. I have been unable to identify such an analysis.
Then there is the question of class. Athletics has the reputation of being a largely middleclass pursuit for whites in the West, while black athletes are perceived as coming from poorer backgrounds. If these perceptions are correct, the white athletes are being drawn from a much smaller population. An analysis of the class of athletes is required. Again, no such analysis appears to exist.
During the time of the Soviet Union those countries which came within the European Communist bloc were concerned with winning as many medals as possible. This pushed them to concentrate on the events which were less competitive and more susceptible to coaching. These were the field events such as the javelin and long-jump. This potentially reduced the number of white athletes available to compete in track events.
Athletic scholarships may also have a role in promoting black athletes, especially in the USA. Political correctness may have caused these to be given to blacks disproportionately. An analysis of how scholarships are awarded, for example, are they formally or informally reserved for blacks? Similar exercises are needed for charities who make awards to athletes and for bodies which dispense taxpayer funded aid to athletes.
If a human activity becomes dominated by one race, ethnic group or class, there is a tendency for those outside whatever the group it is to cease trying to engage in the activity. If blacks have done disproportionately well in sprinting over the past forty years, whites will tend to drop the idea of even trying to enter competitive sprinting.
Then there is the question of racial admixture. Many top “black” athletes are of mixed white/black parentage. Why should that be if blacks have an innate advantage?
That blacks do not all excel in the same type of events is a pointer to a cultural rather than a genetic reason for their disproportionate success in recent decades. The idea that blacks from the West Coast of Africa have one advantage and blacks from the East Coast another is rather odd bearing in mind the size of Africa and the racial diversity found there. It would make sense to say this local population group had this advantage and another that advantage if the groups were isolated (this might be the explanation for the island of Jamaica‘s remarkable record of producing great sprinters) , but it stretches credulity to believe the entire continent below the Sahara is divided by different types of genetic athletic advantage, especially as it is known that there have been in historic times large scale movements of people who originated in West and central Africa to Southern and Eastern Africa (the Bantu peoples).
The fact that East Africans shine in middle distance events is plausibly a consequence of the fact that Kenyan government put considerable resources into promoting middle distance running after the success of Kip Keino. It is noteworthy that the rest of East Africa has not produced an army of such athletes and that many of the outstanding runners of the past ten years have not be East Africans but north Africans who are racially very different. .
Even the claim that most top black sprinters come from West Africa is debatable. Slaves were taken from deep into the heart of Africa. Most of the black top sprinters come from the USA or the Caribbean.. Many have a white admixture. Very few West Coast Africans are top sprinters, despite large numbers of West Coast Africans who have emigrated to the West.
Finally, there is the question of drugs. Many sprinters have tested positive for drugs in the past thirty years. Most of those have been black, an unsurprising fact because most top sprinters have been black during that period. Many others have provided tests which suggested drug use without being sufficiently high to fail a drug test, for example, Carl Lewis and Linford Christy.. The physiques of most black sprinters in the past twenty years in particular have looked suspiciously like those of bodybuilders, a group which is notorious for using drugs such as steroids. Unless the truth about drug use in the period of black sprinting ascendancy is known, and it probably never will be, it is difficult to assess exactly what is the natural athletic ability of a runner.
The question of alleged black athletic ability due to innate causes is of general interest because it goes directty against the liberal bigot claim that innate behavioural differences between races and sexes are at best minimal and at worst non-existent. The fact that liberals are so willing to breach their supposed golden ideological rule demonstrates that it is not a rule based on any solid belief let alone being factually correct, but merely propaganda. That the claim should remained untested by serious academic research is disturbing.