|I'd like to point out, once again, that IQ is not the same as intelligence, and, further, intelligence is not the same as either character or true ideas. |
IQ is the mathematical score on a test, a test that does not measure common sense, wisdom, character, value structures, or even those reasoning practices that deal with our emotional nature.
IQ is not intelligence, but even if it were, intelligence is only a capacity to abstract, and by itself it can be like a powerful engine placed into an automobile with a slipping transmission and failing steering mechanism.
Sound ideas, good value priorities, good psycho-epistemological reasoning practices, acquired wisdom, and good character - these are far more important in the functional use of consciousness to guide our lives. None of them are genetically determined.
We can (and should) attack those bad ideas that make up the heart of various subcultures, teach critical thinking, and demand certain character traits. Sometimes, what needs attacking is a failure to order the priority of values - like failing to put education and personal responsibility high on the list. Collections of values make up the heart of a subculture and identification with that subculture's values will determine success or failure of those in that subculture.
Until we focus on subcultures and their values we are stuck with either head-in-the-sand failure to identify the causes of success or failure of whole groups of people, even whole civilizations, or we end up doing that primitive and stupid identification of race as cause which will not only fail to answer the real causes of success or failure, but will cause horrendous injustices of it's own.