May 29, 2011

Psychology Today Issues Apology for Publishing Racist Article by Satoshi Kanazawa

The pressure finally was more than Psychology Today could bear. Psychology Today issued an apology today for publishing a horribly racist and sexist article, written by Satoshi Kanazawa, that claimed that Black women are less attractive than women from other races.

Kaja Perina, Editor-in-Chief of the Magazine, issued this statement:
“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.”
It is tiresome to see the continued attacks on Black women. I'm glad that there were many of us in cyberspace that responded strongly to the poor choice that Psychology Today made by publishing this article. I wonder if others will think twice before making another attack on our Black women??


msladydeborah said...


I doubt if the attacks lessen. It seems that we pose a major threat to society by our presence.

The article was totally over the top in terms of its content. There was no true science in the piece. Just a poorly constructed piece of racist tripe that Psychology Today should of never published.

We know how others try to imitate our looks. The sun tanning industry makes a whole lot of money on their products that provide that healthy looking tan glow. No matter what hair style we create, they imitate. Full lips and a delictable booty-they have made an industry out of trying to get that look that we have naturally.

We have to choose our battles carefully, fight effieciently and defeat a fake like Kanazawa whenever it is necessary. It just seems lately be more necessary than usual.

Villager said...

Lady D - I think that you're right ... these attacks will continue. I just hope that this blog can continue to call out the foolishness whenever possible.