About 50 West Virginia students, many from the Black Student Union, protested a lecture by the controversial psychologist J. Philippe Rushton, who has developed an intelligence hierarchy based on race, the Daily Athenaeum reports. In his published work "Race, Evolution, and Behavior," the University of Western Ontario professor "places Asians on the superior end of a spectrum, blacks on the inferior end, and Caucasians between the two," according to the paper.
Rushton's lecture mostly referenced his research into altruism, but the protest focused primarily on his more controversial topics. "You call it science, we call it racism," read one sign. And as one student said, "You can say what you have to say. Our whole goal is for people to not be infused with his ignorance."