The big-picture narrative of NRx and HBD is that African Americans, very specifically, are an alien population who can never be fully integrated into the US social contract. It's not just apologetics for systematically poorer outcomes, it's an argument for apartheid.
Wrt Europe, all of that crowd hold that African migration into European nations will also produce an inassimilable, dysfunctional, hostile and endlessly demanding sub-population; the "two standard deviations difference in average IQ" claim underpins a notion of racial *character*
So it's not just about justifying inequality, it's about making a foundationally racist claim about how racial composition determines national social characteristics, and arguing that one race in particular threatens the nation by its very presence in significant numbers.
This is compatible with making any number of exceptions for gifted and cultured individuals, so you can always claim not to be racially "prejudiced" against anyone individually: it's about aggregate, population-level effects. But it cashes out as apartheid at best - or genocide.

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