I generally attribute more of our behavior as humans to evolutionary biology than many of my equally-left friends are comfortable doing. But this is bananas.
The Independent reports today that old school scientific racism is not dead. American James Watson, 79 and a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, has been (perhaps intentionally) generating controversy with remarks like "[I'm] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really". Though we wish all peoples were equally intelligent, Watson says, "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true". Yes, I said he won the Nobel prize.
This is not a first for the guy -- he's also questioned women's biological capacity for intelligence and alluded to aborting gay babies.