National Review contributor John Derbyshire discusses conservative fears of discussing race. http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm?frm=3891&sec_id=3891 Meanwhile, among nonblack Americans, a rigorous and intolerant ideology of anti-racism has grown up. The opinions a nonblack American has, or more precisely voices, about race are now a major in-group (I mean, among fellow nonblacks) status marker. Let me just elaborate on that a little. Modern neuroscience perceives the human brain as a modular structure, different modules performing different functions. Since humans are quintessentially social animals, much of the brain is given over to processing social information. A big part of this information concerns in-group status. We need to be constantly evaluating, and re-evaluating, the status of ourselves and others in the various groups we belong to. A mistake in this respect can be fatalas, for example, in the case of an undersized low-status male foolishly challenging one of the groups alpha males. Evolution has a way of weeding these things out. Some neuroscientists have postulated an entire module of the brain given over to these highly important issues of in-group status evaluation. Among American nonblacks in the present age, being known to have incorrect opinions about race results in catastrophic loss of status.