Are All Blacks Unqualified for College and the Professions?

No. Roughly 4% of US blacks are qualified for a rigorous 4 year college curriculum and training in the professions, according to their IQ scores.

If we assume that an IQ of 115 or higher is required for success in the professions (and in the rigorous 4 year curriculum required to reach the professional school level), a quick glance at the chart below will reveal that most whites and blacks are disqualified from the professions and rigorous college studies.

According to Charles Murray, and Peter Thiel, not everyone should go to college. This is true for those of all races, but particularly for blacks.


The average IQ of American blacks is 85, with a standard deviation of 15. An IQ score of 115 is roughly 2 standard deviations above the African American IQ mean. A brief glance at the diagram above reveals that about 96% of American blacks would find themselves below the 115 IQ level, leaving only about 4% qualified to meet the challenge of a difficult college programme, and professional studies.

All grade inflation and social promotion aside, only about 23% of all US HS graduates are qualified to succeed in a rigorous college programme with at least a “C” average. This applies to the mass of all high school graduates, comprised of all races and ethnicities.If one looks at the SubSaharan African population, with an average population IQ of roughly 70, it is clear that the proportion qualified to succeed in college would be less than 1%. Closer to 0.1%. Consider that, when you foresee the longterm future of SubSaharan Africa without assistance from China, Europe, or the Anglosphere.

IQ is less important overall than Executive Function (EF), for life success. But both qualities are highly heritable, and the most potent training window for EF will have passed by the age of 7. The best training windows for other cognitive traits that affect one’s IQ score have not been precisely determined. In other words, if the best educational systems in the world neglect the training of their young, what expectations can you have for African schools?

Many communities of American blacks have become pockets of the third world, with all the crime, corruption, and inherent dysfunctionality that is included. Not only are heritable IQs and EFs lower than in surrounding communities, educational systems and societal role models and institutions are also deficient — so that training cannot make up for whatever inherited deficiencies are present. A large proportion of students will never graduate HS, and of those who do, a very low percentage will go to college. If society decides to promote these HS graduates to schools above their level of preparation and innate talent, failure is virtually guaranteed.

A multicultural society containing population groups of varying talent and functionality, will always suffer from civil dissatisfaction and disorder. How the society reacts to the inherent inequality and resulting dissatisfaction depends upon the society’s own level of wisdom and maturity. Preferential treatment and promotion beyond qualification is one of the least wise and mature approaches.

Addendum: Can the average IQ of Subsaharan Africans really be as low as 70?

Critics of the finding that the average African IQ is 70 say that it simply must be wrong. They insist that biased testing procedures must have been used, even though dozens of separate studies have corroborated the results from East, West, Central, and Southern Africa. For Example, one 1992 study carried out for the World Bank reported that a random sample of 1,639 adolescents in the West African country of Ghana had an average IQ of 60.

In 1998, I went to Johannesburg, South Africa, to initiate a 5-year series of IQ studies in the university system to determine whether such a low IQ was accurate. I, too, wondered how well all the previous data had been collected, if sufficient care were taken in giving instructions, ensuring motivation, having a quiet room for testing, or giving enough time to complete the tests.

First, I contacted psychologists in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand (all anti-apartheid liberals) and together we tested hundreds of students of African, East Indian, White, and East Asian backgrounds, along with those of mixed ancestry, under optimal testing procedures, using culture reduced tests. We used a large, quiet, well-lit, well-ventilated examination room with desks spaced far enough apart to prevent copying or feeling crowded. As I walked up and down the aisles watching the students diligently at work, it was plain to see they were well-motivated.

We used the Raven’s Matrices, one of the best known, well researched, and most widely used of all the culture-reduced tests. Consisting of 60 diagrammatic puzzles, each with a missing part that the test taker attempts to identify from several choices, it is an excellent measure of the non-verbal component of general intelligence. Typically, the test is so easy for university students that they do it in less than 20 minutes. We set no time limit for the test. All those being tested were allowed to complete it.

We found African university students averaged an IQ of 84. In some studies, by other researchers, they have scored lower (IQ = 77). In still others of our studies, highly-selected engineering students who took math and science courses in high school scored higher (IQ = 103).

Assuming that, like university students elsewhere, the African university students on average score 15 points above the general population, the African general population average of about 70 would appear to be corroborated. _VDare

Links to related articles by Charles Murray and Peter Thiel

Why Africa is Africa and Haiti, Haiti

Race-based affirmative action policies for college admissions, hiring, and contracting, are nothing more than a wasteful type of “wishful thinking.” The world does not need larger numbers of unqualified lawyers, judges, surgeons, accountants, professors, journalists, executives, etc. There are more than enough incompetents within the various professions already.

What is needed is to make the most of each individual, seen as they truly are. If society were ever to become serious about doing that, a lot of things would change.

Individuals in the top 5 percent of the adult IQ distribution (above IQ 125) can essentially train themselves, and few occupations are beyond their reach mentally. Persons of average IQ (between 90 and 110) are not competitive for most professional and executive-level work but are easily trained for the bulk of jobs in the American economy. __ General Intelligence factor by Linda Gottfredson

This article was re-published in slightly modified form from the original article on the Al Fin blog.

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6 Responses to Are All Blacks Unqualified for College and the Professions?

  1. Stephen says:

    I had read elsewhere that standard deviation was different based on ethnoracial group studied. What I read online was that Whites, Ashkenazic Jews (perhaps Sephardim as well or perhaps not), and Northeast Asians had standard deviations in IQ of 15 points while all other groups more or less had shorter standard deviations of 8 points. Is this not accurate?

    • alfin2101 says:

      I have heard similar rumours, but have seen nothing of a rigorously proven scientific nature. I suspect that the standard deviation will depend upon the nature of the particular population sample. In other words, even within a “homogeneous” population, different samples will yield different standard deviations, for whatever you happen to be measuring.

      Colour me sceptical. 😉

    • Jon says:

      What you imply is certainly false as that is not how standard deviation works in IQ testing, or any type of standardized testing. Remember that, while you are plotting group variance, the IQ metric is a product of the test filter and thus the standard deviation is a fixed function of the test. It does not vary with the tested group. It’s a measure of the confidence interval of the test, not a measure of group migration around specific IQ scores as you mistakenly imply. You couldn’t test two groups with the same test and apply different standard deviations. The only way you could likely calculate different standard deviation scores for different groups is to standardize a specific test to each tested group separately. However, then the differently standardized tests would lose their significance in group comparison. I’m not aware of any group that follows abnormal distribution patterns on a bell curve. Meaning, that there would be larger clusters than predicted outside of the first standard deviation. Wherever a groups median falls, thus falls 50 percent of their members and then the group tends to distribute evenly from there barring mixed race genetics that might create more outliers that push the limits of the predicted curve of their tested identity group.

      It is unlikely that large groups would distribute so unevenly. It is more unlikely that groups genetically close to the mentioned groups would distribute so differently, barring a massive resource availability difference. Not only that, but there are several other groups that score within 5 points or less of the groups that you mention, who are close genetically and culturally, who would likely not show a different distribution on the curve. Watch for significant tribal distinctions within racial categories, or lack thereof, when reading ethnic/racial IQ reporting. It’s important to being precise.

  2. Dan_Kurt says:

    Read Chapter 10, Sex differences in g, Helmuth Nyborg in H. Nyborg (Ed.) The scientific study of general intelligence: Tribute to Arthur R. Jensen. I found a pre publication chapter on the web and could send it to you if you ask. There is a difference between the mean IQ of white males and white females and there is a difference in each’s SD of the mean. Nyborg doesn’t discuss the race angles but they probably are different also.
    I spent the better part of ten years at an Ivy in the 60’s and 70’s in a hard science and my wife got her doctorate also in a hard science there. Both of us met many brilliant individuals but there were few if any females at the pinnacle of talent. (My wife blamed social pressure.) Clearly while there one could see that the really, really smart individuals were all white males and not just white male Jews but the Jews definitely were more than randomly selected so I believe they are a special case. Only white males were encountered who at the graduate level astounded their peers with mental ability. One such male student I remember had an IQ of 165 (actually proven by GRE scores and IQ tests) who NEVER studied yet never failed a test or was at a loss in class. During my entire career I only have encountered white male individuals in the top tier–rarely for sure–but always those super smart were white males.
    Dan Kurt

    • alfin2101 says:

      Interesting.

      The difference in IQ variance between males and females is generally agreed upon, as you suggest, at least for populations that have been most studied. That is not being questioned.

      On the level of “race,” it is a different matter. Racial discussions of IQ are often too broad and general. If one dwells too long on that scale, one risks losing sight of the pertinent scale of IQ studies — the combination of the genome with the environment. That is where the riches will be mined, once a few theoretical and technical breakthroughs show the way.

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