Race Psychology: A Study of Racial Mental Differences

Race Psychology: A Study of Racial Mental Differences

Race Psychology: A Study of Racial Mental Differences

Race Psychology: A Study of Racial Mental Differences

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I shall be glad if a few introductory words of mine serve to call attention to the long and careful study of the question of race differences in mentality made by my friend and former pupil, Prof. Garth. For years he has been following the subject, both in the field and in his study. He has contributed new data in abundance, and he has kept abreast of the rapidly increasing literature of the subject.

It is a subject on which first impressions, not based on painstaking scientific study, are very likely to be far from the mark. There are race prejudices standing in the way of a fair view of the facts. And the facts themselves are often misleading. There are so many factors besides sheer mental ability that enter into the racial question. Even the personal equation, the difference between one individual and another of the same race and culture, is beset with curious influences that lower an individual's record below the level where it should be; and when we endeavor to compare races, the equation is still more difficult to make out. Language differences, habits of thought and action, group ideals and attitudes, are all likely to distort the facts or to make the facts as they are actually found at the present time misleading to anyone who is not on his guard.

I would not draw the conclusion that some critics seem to draw, namely, that the facts are bound to be so misleading that it is better we should not find the facts as they are, that it is better to accept the critics' say-so as . . .

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