Neo-Nazi group financed 'Bell Curve' research on race, Extra! article claims - 1995-02-05
The January/February issue of the media review Extra! features a compelling package on racism. Particularly recommended are two pieces by Jim Naureckas. The first, "Racism Resurgent: How Media Let 'The Bell Curve's' Pseudo-Science Define the Agenda on Race," discloses that nearly all the research that 'Curve' authors Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein relied on for their central claims about race and IQ were funded by something called the Pioneer Fund, described by the London Sunday Telegraph as a "neo-Nazi organization closely integrated with the far right in American politics."
The fund's mission is to promote eugenics, the article says, a philosophy that maintains that "genetically unfit" individuals or races are a threat to society. The fund was set up in 1937 by a millionaire who wanted blacks sent back to Africa. The foundation's original charter set forth the group's missions as "racial betterment" and aid for people "deemed to be descended primarily from white people who settled in the original 13 states prior to the adoption of the Constitution of the United States."
The second piece, "50,000 Watts of Hate," documents the racist commentary of Bob Grant, who performs on the most listened-to talk show in the country on New York's WABC, the flagship of the ABC Radio Network.