"Human Biodiversity": the Pseudoscientific Racism of the Alt-Right - 2016-08-05
An ideological successor to eugenics, human biodiversity (HBD) is, like eugenics (from the Greek words for "good" and "breeding") primarily a euphemism. Ostensibly, HBD refers to the scientifically proven (and therefore apolitical) genetic differences between groups of humans. The term fuses biological and liberal language into a benign-sounding neologism, like "neurodiversity," a key term within the autism rights movement.
But it is just pseudoscientific racism, updated for the Internet age.
"Human biodiversity" appropriates scientific authority by posing as an empirical, rational discourse on the genetically proven physical and mental variation between humans. It uses the language of genetics to underscore, for example, the prevalence of Mongolians in sumo wrestling, the IQ scores of black people or the inbreeding patterns of Ashkenazi Jews. The refrain of HBD bloggers and forum commenters is that the (gene-driven, according to them) dissimilarities they outline are "non-negligible" or "non-trivial" and have, accordingly, social policy implications. Though it has a rational, policy-wonk zing to it, that's just Internet forum-ese for "you're genetically distinct from us and should be treated differently."