A friend asked where I stood on the race question, because I seem to be in a moderately unique position.
First, I experience racism first-and-a-half-hand (My wife is black and I see racist reaction to her). Because of seeing it, I hate it, to the point of planning to uproot the family and move just to avoid the more racist cities like Chicago. Raising a black teen boy in this environment is well night child abuse. This is a real problem that I have no good solution for.
Second, I am firmly in the HBD camp. Races vary by all sorts of factors, both mental and physical. Most claims of statistical discrimination are between exaggerated and complete crap. Most claims that the IQ-type tests are racially/culturally biased are just crap. IQ predicts everything, and it predicts equally well regardless your race. College success is an IQ/persistence test, with a bar near 110. Do the homework, have IQ>110, you win. Don't, you lose. Race, sex irrelevant. Except that modern college is heavily biased towards normally female strengths, except maybe in the hard sciences/engineering.
Third, I am a libertarian/anarchist. I believe that it's intuitively obvious that government intervention is more likely to cause problems than fix them, and that government action primarily benefits (usually privileged) special interests over the population as a whole (or less privileged groups). The best defense thing you can have if you have a lower IQ is to have a stable 2-parent family environment to grow up in. But modern divorce law, welfare, AFDC, and such have created a situation in which 2-parent families are well under 50% in the lower IQ brackets. I can't quite suggest that this was an intentional move on the part of white socialist eugenicists, but my wife's grandmother used to scream about how the introduction of welfare/AFDC would necessarily destroy the black family structure. It did.
Fourth, I am economically semi-literate. Incentives matter. Margins matter. Small minorities are easily accomodated anywhere, and don't provoke serious race issues. Large minorities who are significantly different are always a problem to the extent it impacts the natives. More on this in another post.
Fifth, I'm not socially smart enough to join a group and talk party line. Most folks argue either 1 or 2. The conjuntion is seen almost not at all. To the extent that positions are about truth, that's a bit suspicious. However, I have no such delusions. Positions are more about status and in-groupism than anything else. Since I'm not in any in-groups, it's easy for me to point out that both the straight HBD position (all HBD, no racism) and the marxist race studies position (all racism, no HBD) are both obviously absurd. Once we've agreed that both the no HBD position and the no racism position are absurd...then we can talk about experiments to determine where the breakdown comes from. Or at least we could if it wasn't such a high heat-to-light ratio topic.