November 06, 2007

From Eze U. Okereke:

Re: Nobel scientist suspended from job over race comments (Oct. 18): I am an African and I think some institutional actions do more damage to the race than people’s comments or actions. There was no point forcing the elderly Watson to resign his position because of the alleged comment. Freedom of speech should be respected. However we must demand proof or evidence to buttress some comments capable of giving new insights. Instead of asking him to resign, they should have demanded for the proof of his comment. He is an eminent scientist and perhaps he could provide one through the strands of DNA. He may as well be correct. Even a look at the African continent alone could point to some fundamental flaw. I can’t say what it is for sure but we must not inhibit knowledge, rather we must demand for proof and responsibility.

Dr U.O. Eze


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