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UCLA Law Review

ARTICLE: Can Science Be Inopportune? Constitutional Validity of Governmental Restrictions on Race-IQ Research

October, 1983

31 UCLA L. Rev. 128


Richard Delgado, * Sean Bradley, ** David Burkenroad, ** Ron Chavez, ** Bruce Doering, *** Eric Lardiere, ** Robert Reeves, ** Mark S. Smith *** and John Windhausen ***



Fifteen years ago, an article about legal constraints on scientific inquiry would have been a most unlikely enterprise. From the nation's inception in a period of enlightenment, optimism, and faith in science, to the mid-1960's, science enjoyed widespread public support and esteem. 1 The nation welcomed the advances in health, safety, and comfort ushered in by developments in fields such as medicine, chemistry, and geology, while our imaginations were captured by discoveries in space, atomic theory, and flight. The first nuclear explosion at Alamogordo gave some pause, but the atom seemed a single genie let out of a single bottle. If the genie could not be put back in, perhaps it could be tamed, or at least kept quiet.

In the late 1960's, all that changed. Prompted by concerns over a deteriorating environment, weapons research, and the specter of genetic engineering, and heightened by a growing perception of science and scientists as parts of an amoral, if not immoral, Establishment that must be rendered sensitive to the wishes of the citizenry, a new mood, much more critical of institutional science, developed. 2 In the last ten years alone, we have seen calls to banish weapons research from university campuses, 3 to stop or severely curtail recombinant DNA research, 4 to discontinue investigation into race-based differentials in IQ, 5 to block study into the causes and solutions of inner-city violence, 6 to cease testing and exploring the XYY syndrome and its connection with delinquency, 7 and a virtual prohibition ...
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