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James Watson Interviewed By Henry Louis Gates
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June 03, 2008, 01:55 AM
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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 … [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 tests—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."