Population and Environment

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 215–218 | Cite as

Skin Color and Intelligence in African Americans: A Reply to Hill

  • Richard LynnEmail author


Hill's theory that the positive association between light skin color and intelligence among African Americans can be explained as a result of discrimination by whites against darker skinned blacks is implausible. There is no direct evidence for this theory. If it were true, dark skinned blacks should earn less than light skinned blacks as a result of greater discrimination against them. The NORC data show that this is not the case. Hill's analysis is an example of the Sociologists' Fallacy that consists of treating correlates as causes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland

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