Genetics Testing Concludes That James Watson Is an Octoroon

James D. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the structure of DNA, recently resigned as head of the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Watson came under fire for his comments in a London newspaper that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect for Africa because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours.” He said that it would be nice to believe that everybody is equal but “people who deal with black employees find this not true.”

Watson’s statements were not merely a slip of the tongue. He has a long history of racist statements.

Now an analysis of Watson’s own genetic makeup by deCODE Genetics of Iceland concludes that it is probable that Watson had a great-grandparent who was black. Under the racial classifications of the nineteenth century, Watson, by law, would have been considered a Negro.