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Racist LSE lecturer removed from compulsory subjects

By The Ligali Organisation | Thu 22 September 2011

The London School of Economics lecturer involved in the publication of racist material demonising African women has been banned from teaching any compulsory courses.


An internal review and formal disciplinary hearing by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has concluded that the racist posting of its lecturer, Dr Satoshi Kanazawa contained flawed hypothesis and due to its lack of evidence and incendiary content should not have been published.

On 15 May 2011 Dr Satoshi Kanazawa posted an article on the Psychology Today website entitled “Why are black women less physically attractive than other women?”. As a result both editorial team of Psychology Today and the LSE received considerable criticism including that from LSE students and academics about the racist nature of the publication.

The Ligali Organisation in particular wrote;

“It is our belief that to subject students to his presence during their studies at the LSE is tantamount to psychological abuse. To compel students, in particular, female African students to take intellectual guidance or participate in academic sessions led by an individual whose ‘work’ suggests evidence of an irrational bias against any group of women solely on the basis of their genetic makeup is a demeaning and degrading act that serves as an affront to their dignity and wellbeing.

It is of course the prerogative of the London School of Economics to employ and deploy lecturers as it sees fit within the institution.

However it is also the right for students to learn in an environment where they are not required to repress feelings of pain or hurt as a result of being lectured by someone who publicly expresses views that degrade and discriminate against them on the basis of their ethnicity.”

LSE lecturer, Kanazawa’s racist article has been removed from the Psychology Today website


Reputation of London School of Economics damaged

It was the opinion of the LSE hearing that the publication of Kanazawas’ racist article had brought the School into disrepute. As a result, Kanazawa has been banned from teaching any compulsory courses in the School for an academic year. LSE has also developed new policy to ensure that such incidents with LSE staff do not reoccur.
In a letter of apology written by Kanazawa to LSE Director, Judith Rees he expresses regret for damaging the reputation of LSE, revealingly, there is no reference to his denigration of African women.

“I am writing to express my sincere apology for the controversial post on my Psychology Today blog and the damage it has caused to the reputation of the School. I regret that the controversy surrounding its publication has offended and hurt the feelings of so many both inside and outside the School... I accept I made an error in publishing the blog post.

In retrospect, I should have been more careful in selecting the title of the blog post and the language that I used to express my ideas. In the aftermath of its publication, and from all the criticisms that I have received, I have learned that some of my arguments may have been flawed and not supported by the available evidence.”


Toyin Agbetu from the Ligali Organisation writes;

“It remains quite outrageous that despite several months to reflect on this matter neither Satoshi Kanazawa nor Judith Rees see fit to address the matter at the heart of the issue. That is, the outrageous racism Kanazawa perpetrated seeking to academically normalise the labelling of African women as universally ‘less physically attractive than other women’.

Kanazawa’s apology makes no mention of this, instead facetiously focusing on the title and language used whilst the finding from LSE’s internal review and formal disciplinary hearing refers to his ‘errors’ instead of his (and the LSE’s) disgrace, suggesting it a calculated tactic which was designed to enable him to continue to hide behind the label of qualified LSE lecturer. If the LSE truly valued its reputation Kanazawa would have been banned from teaching compulsory subjects period – not just for a year. Perhaps the real reason they continue to tolerate him is because they have some sympathy with his views.”

LSE Director, Judith Rees was recently appointed after previous director Howard Davies was forced to resign after evidence surfaced about his acceptance of millions in Libyan donations and allegations of plagiarism concerning the PhD thesis of Saif Gaddafi.

LSE lecturer, Kanazawa attempted to use a graph to ‘prove’ African women were universally less attractive


External Links
LSE academics claim black women less attractive triggers race row
Satoshi Kanazawas racist nonsense should not be tolerated
Dr Satoshi Kanazawa - findings of internal review and disciplinary hearing
I Think Black Women Are Beautiful! Satoshi Kanazawa, Your Rebuttal?
LSE head quits over Gaddafi scandal


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Neither Satoshi Kanazawa nor the LSE’s Judith Rees see fit to address the racism at the heart of the issue. Kanazawa’s apology focuses on the title and language used whilst the finding from LSE’s disciplinary investigation refers to his academic ‘errors’

Toyin Agbetu, The Ligali Organisation

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