When I was in college a Sociology teacher was explaining some of the many biases with IQ tests. Regional, economic, linguistic and racial. The teacher, an African-American himself, tried out some of the cultural questions from an IQ test designed for an African-American person.
Well, I’m as pasty white skinned as they come (as the late George Carlin used to say about sun-tanning, Irish Catholics go to the beach in an effort to neutralize the blue, never mind getting a tan), but I seemed to be able to answer the questions. I chalk it up to my love of music from the fifties and sixties, even if I wasn’t around until 1959. The one question from the test I remember is simply “Who shot Billy?”. While my classmates insisted there had to be more information available to answer that question (i.e. Billy who?), however it was clear to me that Stagger Lee shot Billy!
So it was with much interest that I came across this archival newspaper article the other day.