5.31.2011

psychology today apologizes for satoshi kanazawa's "black women" article

Who knows what the editors at Psychology Today were thinking when they published "evolutionary psychologist" Satoshi Kanazawa's controversial article, "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?" Needless to say, the article raised one hell of a ruckus across the internet, including calls for his dismissal from the London School of Economics.

In the wake of all this, Psychology Today has had to do quite a bit of damage control, initially editing the article in question, then eventually removing the post from the website in its entirety, then finally issuing an apology last week: Psychology Today Apologizes for 'Black Women Less Attractive' Post.
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.
That's nice, but it doesn't give any indication whether or not Kanazawa will be permitted to keep writing for Psychology Today. Dude is a joke, and the magazine's credibility definitely took a hit by allowing this clown to publish his crappy excuse for science in the first place.