James Watson is interviewed
for the first time since getting Watsoned by Henry Louis Gates, head of the Harvard Afro-American Studies department at The Root.
HLG: What do you think of deCODE`s recent estimate of your percentage of recent African ancestry?JW: I haven`t seen the paper â€¦ [but] if I`m 16 percent African, then I`m 16 percent African. That`s ... a fact; I don`t care. You don`t judge people by, quote, race, you judge them as individuals. So it`s the individual that counts, and no one should be discriminated by what they look like.HLG: Do you trust admixture testsâ€”I mean, tests that can say you`re 16 percent African, or 20 percent Native American?JW: Well, the African one I can believe, but I just can`t see where that 7 percent Asian came from.
I explained here
why it`s extremely unlikely, based on the photos of relatives and ancestors and detailed genealogical information in Watson`s autobiography, that Watson is 1/6th black or 1/4th nonwhite.
Gates also explains the Meaning of It All in the accompanying "The Science of Racism