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A racist adviser in Downing Street? That should not surprise us

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21.02.2020

Earlier this year, a little-known researcher named Andrew Sabisky was contracted to work for the United Kingdom government following a call by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings for "misfits and weirdos" to apply for jobs in Downing Street.

Soon, British media unearthed past comments and articles by the 27-year-old self-described "superforecaster" that revealed he may not only be a "misfit and a weirdo", but is also a believer in eugenics.

Indeed, in blogposts published in 2014, he claimed that there is a racial difference in intelligence and that black people are more likely than whites to be "close to mental retardation". That same year, he argued in a comment under a blogpost by Cummings that introducing compulsory contraception can help prevent the emergence of "a permanent underclass". Two years later, in an interview with Schools Week, he argued that: "Eugenics are about selecting 'for' good things."

Following a major backlash, Sabisky announced his resignation on Monday, claiming he does not want to be "a distraction" for the government.

But even though he appears to have left the office of the prime minister for good, the controversy surrounding his appointment did not come to an end. The ordeal ignited a new discussion about racism in the UK, with many in the political and media classes expressing their shock at seeing someone openly supporting views that include white supremacy being given a coveted position in the office of the prime minister.

This, however, should not have come as a surprise to anyone. After........

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