School science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

Courtesy Sacramento City Unified School District

Courtesy Sacramento City Unified School District

According to the Sacramento Bee, the controversial project was put on display at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento and it has outraged students and parents alike at the magnet school.

A California high school has found itself in the center of a major controversy after it allowed a student to submit a science fair project questioning the intelligence of African-American students. The project was on view with others Monday as part of an annual science fair but was removed Wednesday after complaints.

Although the school hasn't identified the student behind the project because he's a minor, Vidal said he has a history of making racist comments and is of Asian descent.

The reports states that the project was proposed as, "Race and IQ", with a proposed hypothesis of, "If the average IQs of blacks, Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the racial disproportionality in the Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP) is justified".

"The use of racially offensive language in our schools, by anyone, does not reflect our values as a school district and will not be tolerated", he said.

"Yes, we'll respect freedom of speech".

"No student should ever be made to feel that their race has anything to do with their ability to succeed", Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said Saturday in a video message posted on Facebook.

The HISP program teaches students by widening their cultural horizons - but of the 508 students in the program, just 12 are African-American, as opposed to 80 Hispanic students and 104 Asian students.

'I want you to know we are taking this incident very seriously and we will be reviewing the incident and implementing all measures as appropriate to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students.