So here is how the Psychology Today saga unfolded.

Psychology Today published a blog post by a racist scientist named Satoshi Kanazawa that blatantly called all black women objectively unattractive compared to all other women. Not only was the "science" Kanazawa used flawed, it turns out he flat out lied about the results. In truth the findings of the study he used stated that adult black women were rated at the same level of attractiveness as all other women.

Despite these glaring flaws, Psychology Today allowed the publication of Kanazawa's article. They then quickly removed it the same day and everyone involved (from Kanazawa to the editorial team at PT) went silent.

Black women immediately reamed Psychology Today hard with calls, letters and emails of outrage. This all occurred on May 16th, the Monday after the article was posted. Throughout the week black women continued to call Psychology Today to express disgust -- some to demand an apology and action against the author.

Psychology Today, headed up by Editor in Chief Kaja Perina, remained silent. The team was probably hoping that we black women would just go away already. After all, nobody really cares about our issues, right?

Then, the Change petition that demanded an apology from Psychology Today back on May 18th, suddenly blew up to well over 30,000 signatures in one day on May 26th. The mainstream media caught onto the story. Whites and black women alike expressed their displeasure with the magazine's decision to publish this clearly racist article.

Magically, the very next day on May 27th, Kaja Perina decided to issue an apology to black women and those who were offended. 

Do you see what I'm getting at here? When it was just black women upset about the article for an entire week, Psychology Today felt it unnecessary to comment.

As soon as whites and the mainstream picked up on the story, Perina then apologized publicly -- the very next day. To me, that is a sign that Psychology Today is not apologizing to black women at all. Not in the least.

When I wrote my complaint letter to the editor, I stated that I wasn't asking for an apology because I knew it would be inauthentic. I stand by that. The disregard Psychology Today and Kaja Perina showed to black women when the story initially broke shows their true feelings on the matter.

So in short, apology not accepted.


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I don't normally blog twice on the same issue, but I felt it necessary in this case. I discovered new information that I feel is worth blogging on again regarding the racist Psychology Today article that was published about a week ago. It was scathingly insulting to all black women all over the world.

I was browsing through a few articles about Satoshi Kanazawa, the nitwit "scientist" who wrote the article, which labeled black women as "objectively unattractive." Kanazawa then went into hiding, apparently happy with himself for pulling off a major pot shot at black women in a well-read online magazine, and was unwilling or unable to come to the media to defend his "study."  

Well I recently came across an article by a more reputable source, Angus Johnston a historian and blogger at 

Mr. Johnston thoroughly studied the information that Satoshi Kanazawa used to form the basis of his study. He found that the data Kanazawa used to write his article actually says that adult black women were rated just as attractive as other women.

Yes, according to Johnston's analysis, there were absolutely no differences in opinion about the looks of adult black women in the study Kanazawa used for his article in Psychology Today. Kanazawa conveniently left out a key set of data to make it seem as if black women were rated low on the charts.

Now don't get me wrong. I find the whole idea of rating people for physical attractiveness a silly matter. Beauty is highly subjective. What one person in the Sudan finds attractive is going to greatly differ from what a person in Switzerland or a white neighborhood in the U.S. finds attractive.

But why would Satoshi Kanazawa flat out lie about the results for black women in this manner for the purpose of his study? And how could Psychology Today publish his findings without vetting the information first?

Did they think this would just blow over and no one would notice?

There is clearly a major racial bias at work here. Something very nefarious at play. 

Satoshi Kanazawa should not be allowed to teach at any major university that wants to keep its reputation in tact. I say that if the London School of Economics continues to employ this person as a serious staff member, it reduces its status as a serious university. That would be a major slap in the face to all of its 120,000 students (not to mention Alumni).

Here is the article by Angus Johnston explaining how Satoshi Kanazawa lied.

A sincere thank you goes out to Angus Johnston for digging deeper.

And by the way, please don't forget to sign the Change petition regarding this issue, which is now at 21,000 signatures and growing.

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Racist Psychology Today article spreads more lies about Black Women - article taken down in a matter of hours.

By now most of you have probably heard about the racist Psychology Today article written by Satoshi Kanazawa. This was one of the fastest developing stories I've ever come across. In less than a business day Psychology Today was pressured to remove the article. No apology of course.

Who knows why Psychology Today allowed this insulting article to pass their editorial process. Maybe the editorial staff was letting their own latent beliefs about blacks and black women in particular shine through.

Who knows why Satoshi Kanazawa thought it was acceptable to deem a matter as highly subjective as looks and attractiveness worthy of an objective study. Maybe he thought this move would garner him more approval by whites, many of whom have really allowed their racist flags to fly over the past few years after the election of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

This inane article is not what I want to discuss here. I want to discuss US. The classy black ladies of the world.

Why It Matters - What We're Fighting For

On one of the blogs I frequent, a young black girl admitted that reading negative stories like this about black women tears down her self-esteem again and again. To think that this is how others out there in the world truly perceive her as a black woman. It's overwhelming to her. And I know she's not alone. Another young lady admitted that she wishes she weren't black based on all of this negative media attention. Every time she looks online, on TV or in the newspaper they're saying something negative about black women and attacking her essence.

Those comments really hit deep for me. Building the self-esteem of young black girls and women is one of the top reasons why I decided to publish the Classy Black Lady website in the first place.

To that girl and the other young girls through older women who feel this way I just want to implore you: PLEASE, DO NOT BUY INTO THE HYPE.

Learn from History

I want to tell you a quick story about media and propaganda. In 1933 the Nazis began a campaign to make Jewish women and men look like animals and depraved human trash in their mainstream media. They used unflattering pictures depicting them as unattractive or animalistic and strategically placed negative news stories  in mainstream news cycles.

They used supposedly "scientific" studies like the one that was published in this Psychology Today article to prove the inferiority of Jewish people. The also released popular movies that either made Jewish people look bad or Aryan Nazis look very good. The same trend in the media occurred over and over again. Imagine--just about every time  a Jewish person picked up the newspaper or a magazine, switched on the radio or went to a "picture show," he read  something negative about Jewish people.

Sound familiar?

Well people bought into it. Over a matter of just a few years, a large portion of Germans were believing these negative messages about Jewish residents of their country. Aryan Germans and even some Jewish folks started to believe that their own people were inferior. And you know the rest of the story.

Now do you see the parallels between this sad snippet from history and what has been happening over the past 3 years as far as the media's constant attacks against black women?

This is why a good portion of black women were annoyed by the racist Pepsi commercial, even though the majority of whites as well as some black women and men waved it off saying, "it's no big deal."

You see, it is a big deal, because it only gets worse and worse when you allow these types of negative media images to go un-checked. Seemingly small issues like Pepsi commercials become major smacks across the face, like this Psychology Today article which basically called black women objectively unattractive as a group!

Now, there's nothing you can do to change the opinions of others toward black women. Whites, non-blacks and even some blacks unfortunately are going believe and think what they will.

But it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that you as a black woman remain strong, resilient and defiant in the face of these media attacks on black women. Do not buy into the hype. Fight back at every opportunity.

And guess what, black women like you are fighting back. That was clearly displayed yet again today when Psychology Today became so inundated with calls, emails, tweets and blog postings expressing their disgust with this article by Satoshi Kanazawa that they took the article down from their website immediately.

Too bad for Psychology Today and the author of that article, most of us will not forget. The article contents managed to survive through blogs. It serves as yet another constant reminder of our need to take back control over our own media image.

SIGN THE PETITION here. As of the date of this update it is now at over 20,000 signatures.

Here are the contacts for Psychology Today. Just because they've taken the article down doesn't mean we should stop calling.

Phone: (646) 763 6351 and (212) 260 7210

Jo Colman
Lawrence Rose
Batya Lahav
Director, Business Development


Kaja Perina
Editor in Chief

Lybi Ma
Deputy Editor
Ed Levine
Creative Director
Carlin Flora
Features Editor
Andrea Bartz
News Editor

Hara Estroff Marano
Editor at Large


Aaron Deutsch
Senior Producer

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