Evolutionary psychology is the theoretical approach to understanding the evolution of cultures. The rise and fall of civilizations, from individual decision-making to collective beliefs.

It pertains to what a parent has experienced that passes down to their child. This involves genetics and epigenetics. Both have a strong effect on a child’s personality and innate abilities. Both one’s personality and capabilities directly influence the life outcome of that child.

Other factors involve how a parent raises the child. Those and other societal factors affect the growth of that child into an adult.

Then, the process continues in the bird’s eye view of said culture.

Common African-American Child-Rearing

For one instance of many, corporal punishment tends to yield lower IQ scores in children. Meanwhile, such punishment is particularly common in African-American households.

Spanking is a culturally common action; it is not genetic. Though, IQ is genetically heritable. Thus, there is a cultural element that affects the heritable traits of the child. This child, with a lower IQ affected by spanking, grows up to yield lower-IQ children. The now-adult is likely to continue the corporal punishment as common cultural character.

From the macro-view, this creates a culture that tends to yield lower-IQ children. Lower-IQ children tend to have a harder time finding a place in a cognitively challenging society. This, among other cultural elements, is a contributing factor to crime rates in the black community.

However, this is only one aspect of the cultural evolutionary psychology of African-Americans. There are many problems that exist within it, each with multiple facets.

For another instance, what is the philosophy of the African-Americans? Do they have one? No. There is no unifying philosophy of the African-Americans as the foundation of their civilization.

African-American culture is neither organized nor unified. It is a wide, vague net of both mainstream and subcultures. Most black Americans share a common belief in narratorial victimization from slavery. While there is truth to the history, laws have changed since then.

The Passing Down Of Beliefs & Behaviors

For another instance, the Jim Crow laws no longer exist. One of the Jim Crow laws was called the 1-Drop Rule. This meant that if a person had any ancestry of African, they were considered black. This meant political restrictions for them, even if they were actually mixed race.

The Jim Crow laws have been gone for over half a century. However, many African-Americans still self-identify by the logic of that rule. This indicates that their evolutionary psychology was affected by that law. Future generations who have never experienced the law, still abide by the law’s logic. This is because the logic was passed down in most part by their parents.

From the bird’s eye view, this explains an element of common African-American cultural character.

All of these elements, from music and its effect on the subconscious mind, to types of peer pressure, to the residual mental effects of slavery have affected the evolutionary direction of the African-American civilization. Most African-Americans are caught in a dysgenic cycle.

Breaking free from the current state of the evolutionary psychology of African-Americans is about relinquishing key beliefs and behaviors of the common cultural character. It’s also about taking personal responsibility for rebuilding a cultural language, traditions, and more.

This is to change the course of the evolutionary direction of offspring, from IQs to philosophical beliefs, and more.

Increased IQs and changes in foundational philosophical beliefs lead to changes in decision-making. Changes in decision-making lead to different life outcomes for children.

Such changes affect the entirety of a culture’s collective and common characteristics. Engineered with the willful intent to, offspring of the new culture can become more compatible with western civilization. This would be the completion of the process of integration started by Martin Luther King.