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So, is slavery responsible for the athletic performance of African Americans? [View all]

The Olympian Michael Johnson seems to think so.

"The Olympic gold medallist and BBC commentator said: ‘Over the last few years, athletes of Afro- Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals.

‘It’s a fact that hasn’t been discussed openly before. It’s a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn’t we discuss it?’"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2167064/London-2012-Olympics-Michael-Johnson-descendants-slaves-medals-sprint-finals.html#ixzz1zlOdi5sb

This is much the same argument that was made in the book "The Bell Curve", and the author got blasted as a racist. So is this theory now valid since it is an African American making the same argument?

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