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Co-Author of New Immigration Study Says Latinos not as Intelligent

By Hatewatch Staff on May 8, 2013 - 2:21 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Editor’s Note: On Friday, May 10, the Heritage Foundation, which earlier distanced itself from the controversial views of its senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, said Richwine had resigned from the foundation, according to Politico.

Jason Richwine, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, is attracting attention because of a recently released anti-immigration study that is garnering criticism from fellow conservatives, including U.S. Rep. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and anti-tax warrior Grover Norquist. The study, co-authored with Heritage fellow Robert Rector, is a reprise of Rector’s 2007 report (which was also criticized) for the foundation. Both studies claim immigration reform will cost the U.S. trillions of dollars, and both were hotly disputed.

The conservative criticism of the new study charges that it ignores immigrants’ upward mobility and suggests that they will always be poor. But in addition to that, a great deal of criticism from other quarters is now focusing personally on Richwine and what he has said over the years about immigrants, race and intelligence.

As the Washington Post notes, Richwine’s 2009 doctoral dissertation at Harvard makes the claim that there are deep differences in intelligence between races, and that there may be a genetic component to those differences, which, he argues, are persistent over time. He wrote that, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.” What does that mean with regard to immigration into the U.S.? Richwine argues for simply testing the IQ of those who want to immigrate, excluding those with lower scores.

That wasn’t the first time he’s made statements like that. Five years ago, Hatewatch noted that when Richwine was a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) earlier in 2008, he also compared the intelligence of earlier, mainly white settlers favorably to later, mostly Latino ones. “The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong,” Richwine said in a discussion at AEI that aired on C-SPAN, “and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will. Races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ.”

He further claimed that there is a “hierarchy of IQ,” with Jews at the top followed in descending order by East Asians, non-Jewish whites, Hispanics and blacks. “Group differences in ability,” Richwine said in comments common among opponents of multiculturalism, “combined with a natural tribal disposition, is going to create, usually, parallel cultures within a multiracial society rather than an assimilated culture,” which is “a major, major obstacle to the assimilation of today’s immigrants, because they are not from Europe which is, I think, a major difference.”

Not surprisingly, his 2008 remarks were warmly received by white nationalist blogs. Many of Richwine’s essays (see, for example, here and here) have been posted on white nationalist sites since then, like American Renaissance and VDARE.

Richwine’s co-author on the new report, Robert Rector, has also received criticism in the past about his claims regarding immigration. In 2006, Rector released a report at the Heritage Foundation that claimed that almost 200 million people would enter the U.S. over the course of 20 years if the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill then under consideration passed. Demographers quickly pointed out the absurdity of Rector’s claims. Two hundred million people is nearly the entire population of Mexico and Central America. Nevertheless, within 24 hours of the release of Rector’s report, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the bill to sharply limit guest worker programs. Rector has also pushed the claim that immigrants drive up welfare costs, something that many economists and scholars dispute. Regarding the current immigration reform bill, Rector admitted that he had not “examined the whole bill yet” but if it looks like previous bills, it will create “a massive influx of even more unskilled workers.”

Later, the Daily Beast noted that Richwine used as a source in his dissertation the work of the late psychology professor, J. Philippe Rushton, who was a former president of the white nationalist Pioneer Fund, a eugenicist organization founded in 1937. The group strives to “improve the character of the American people” through eugenics and procreation by people of white colonial stock. According to the Daily Beast, Richwine borrowed from Rushton’s work to argue that there is a genetic component to group differences in IQ, claiming that the differentials between races “places the average black at roughly the 16th percentile of the white IQ distribution.”

  • Sam Molloy

    Good points, Rey.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, all advances in human life are because, unlike bears, we are a social species. And what Europeans are actually sick of is having their economies Friedmanized to bail out the rich. Let the rich and the banks first try out the austerity they want to inflict on everyone else, especially since wealth, once accumulated past a certain level, is a disincentive to productivity.

  • aadila

    Rey, tottering around on heels is a way for the patriarchy to keep women vulnerable, subservient, and objectified, and is an unfair subsidy for podiatrists to boot. I reject them. Peach velour on the other hand is a perfectly acceptable fashion choice and quite radiantly joyous in any conceivable circumstance.

  • Sam Molloy

    Rey, the TVA and airports and schools and roads are all good things for the Government to do. A basic safety net and health insurance for at least catastrophic or expensive illnesses and accidents are also worthwhile . That is because all of those things support the basic American structure of working for a living and paying your own way. Communism has been tried and failed. Socialism is failing dramatically in Europe. Germany, France and Italy, where people make things, own businesses and are more responsible for their own well being, are getting tired of constantly shoveling money into Greece, Spain and other countries that borrow money to provide Government programs to keep their Governments in power, like is happening here. All advances in our way of life have been due to the incentive of reward for work and sometimes risk based on the American model.

  • Reynardine

    Concerned, since you seem to think Africa is a country, I believe it is a waste of time trying to discuss anything with you.

  • Joseph Durham

    Finnaly some one has stated the obvious,or at least some of it. I believe Dan Zabetakis was on the right track when he explained the economic part of the argument. Now I would like to explore the pure politics.

    The other reason why conservative lawmakers are so against immigration reform is because it would mean giving millions of people the right to vote whom will in all likelihood vote democrat by a side margin. In an electorate that seems to be leaning democratic more and more now and for the foreseeable future the prospect of legalizing millions of new democratic voters is unthinkable to moist conservative lawmakers.

  • concernedcitizen

    Sam one of our greatest down falls is trying to sort people out and then divide them by groups.

    It’s a shame that unity is still a much abused concept for many and a real practice for only a precious few.

    People who believe in hate and divide separate themselves and don’t understand why truly intelligent people don’t want to be around them. They are repulsive and disgusting human beings.

  • concernedcitizen

    We have many different races that are born here in America and yes their nationality is American but they have subcultures and varying races.

    That’s why we have Mexican Americans, African Americans, etc., etc.

  • concernedcitizen

    With all due respect Reynardine, if you are an African born in Africa you are an African and it is a race.

    If you are a Mexican born in Mexico you are a Mexican it is a race.
    3race n [MF, generation, fr. OIt razza] (1580)

    2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics
    3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species ; also: a taxonomic category (as a subspecies) representing such a group b : breed c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits
    4 obs: inherited temperament or disposition
    5 : distinctive flavor, taste, or strength

  • concernedcitizen

    Gay as a race? That’s an interesting concept. Will the fight be over, no it’s never over not even for minorities in this country. As long as there are no laws stopping bigots from breeding and raising and ruining children there will always be a problem to overcome.

    There are those who appear to be born to hate and bring down communities and whole nations with their limited abilities to think and inability to use sound rationale.

  • concernedcitizen

    High heels were not the fashion of college women I knew, most needed to be in comfortable sport shoes in order to travel across campus to get to classes and labs…

  • Gregory

    “Liberals think people are inferior to bears and need to be cared for by some Government sugar daddy.”

    Where does one begin with a statement like this? Clearly the author makes a curious comparison between those on public relief and wild animals. Maybe it is a parable, if Jesus were channeling Limbaugh.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, that is stupid. Bears don’t need to drive cars, use electricity, go to school, find employers when they graduate, or hook up to phone and internet. Clearly, you have done at least some of the foregoing, or you wouldn’t be communicating with us. I know people who lived roughly where you do before rural electrification and federal highways came through. I know what an improvement it made in the quality of their lives. No industry and few employers move in if the infrastructure is not available. The purpose of such a census is to plan federal infrastructure in communities that are underserved. Now, please remove your head from your donkey before he kicks you.

  • Sam Molloy

    Rey, the concept of equality of results no matter what people do is counterproductive to a free society. The Census only had the Constitutional mandate to count noses for purposes of assigning the correct number of representatives. The concept of crunching numbers to see if anyone is being underserved by the Government ignores the basic premise that people are supposed to make their own way, not rely on the Government. The National Parks Department outlaws the feeding of bears because the bears will forget how to find food the natural way, and actually become dangerous to those that give them food. Liberals think people are inferior to bears and need to be cared for by some Government sugar daddy.

  • Reynardine

    Aadila, certainly some of the women I went to college with and spent my early working days with wore painfully elegant high-heeled shoes. There was an inquisitional torture device called “the Spanish boot”. Although many people assume this was something specially engineered to cause pain and some were – most of these were normal high-fashion Spanish foot gear, which the suspected women were forced to put on and walk in for hours. That was usually enough to extract a confession to the impossible.

    The only nation crueller to women’s feet than Spain was China. Of those of my self-torturing Hispanic friends whose fate I know, one has taken up Birkenstocks. The other one is dead.

  • aadila

    “Hispanic” is something one can determine by looking at a person’s shoes. At least that is what a number of Republican lawmakers have said on the record (Rep. Brian Bilbray of CA and Rep Steve King of IA, for example). If more immigrants would just conform and wear white people’s shoes, our country would not be in the sorry state it is. It’s the shoes.

  • Reynardine

    Sam: Hispanic is a demographic group, which means a group of people who can be described by a given set of characteristics. Demographic groups always overlap. You can, for example, be rich, white, male, poorly educated, and Hispanic; these are five different demographic parameters, defined by economic power, skin color/ascription, physical sex/ascribed gender, schooling completed, and mother tongue or ancestry. Hispanic is a demographic group, one pretty much accepted in some parts of the country and subjected to discrimination and even persecution in others. The Census Bureau requests these various parameters, as required by the Constitution, for statistical purposes, and the resulting crunched data turned over to various agencies for general policy purposes. In this way, it is possible to tell if segments of the population are being under served or disadvantaged. Personally identifiable data must be withheld from anyone except the Census Bureau for seventy years.

    In conducting a census interview, the interviewee’s self-ascription of demographic affiliation is not questioned.

  • aadila

    For me, Latino means amigo.

  • Sam Molloy

    Concerned, this is a well travelled road. The Government seems to spend half their time telling us not to pay attention to race and the other half keeping track of what race everybody is. If I remember correctly, there were Anthropology experts on here that listed Negro, Caucasian and Native American scientifically as races, and what language they speak as a cultural issue. We probably agree on the fact that Hispanic is a sociological group. Calling it a Race is meant to give it validity when allotting Non Descrimination protection. If we could get Gay declared a Race, our struggle for equality would be over.

  • Reynardine

    Excuse me, Concerned: Hispanics are not a “race”. I grew up and lived most of my life in Dade County. My roommate was a Miami-born American whose Cuban parents counted Galicians, Andaluzes (with Arabic and Carthaginian elements), and the Tequestas who settled near Guantanamo Bay among their ancestor (all confirmed by DNA analysis). I had a Colombian student whose surname and appearance were both Arabic; a Venezuelan student who was a dead ringer for Saddam Hussein. Kid Gavilan and Kid Rayo (I actually knew the latter) were black Cuban boxers; Orestes Miñoso a black Cuban player for the Chicago White Sox. I had a Chilean student named Mackenzie who looked exactly like James Doohan in his salad days. When something went wrong with the air conditioning, located in the attic of a three-story townhouse our late mother improvidently bought, my sister and I called on the acrobatic Chong brothers…from Cuba. My closest college friend was a red-haired Castilian born to a colonial family settled in Santurce, Puerto Rico, while my co-author, Joe Sanchez, born in that same city, has been mistaken for Italian or Jewish…but his surviving sister is clearly trigueña. What these people had in common was either ancestry from, or citizenship in, lands that once flew the Pus and Blood.

    As for Mexicans being a race, they are a nationality. If you are a citizen of Mexico, then you are Mexican.

  • concernedcitizen

    Tobias you are correct however we have those who use the propaganda to try and subject and oppress others under the guise of their lies and hate in order to secure their position on the food chain. Sad isn’t it?

  • concernedcitizen

    Hispanics are a race and they have a culture. Mexicans are a race and within that race they have differencing cultural practices. If you spend anytime around them you will quickly find out that yes they are a race and identify as so and they have varying cultural practices. Why people consider that debatable escapes me.

  • Sam Molloy

    Good point, ADM. It is a culture.

  • A.D.M.

    Since when did Latinos become a race?

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    I am a CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST who firmly believes in Genesis 1st chapter where God says “Let us make man in our image and likeness.” It doesn’t mention ethnic or religious groups, but all mankind. Therefore I cannot ever except the idea that more or less intelligence is reflected from this group or that group. Those very people like Jason Richwine who may profess Christian values are the very hypocrites that Jesus was speaking about.

  • Liam L’Heureux

    When anyone diminishes another, they first diminish themself. Mission accomplished here.

  • Jeff

    How does one do a dissertation at Harvard with racist findings? Who directed it? Let him or her come forth & identify themselves…

  • Dludw

    So liabalous, derogatory comments are not allowed, but ignorant, narrow minded ones are. GOOD, we know you are out there and you all prove it every day.
    Pity yiu

  • concernedcitizen

    “So businesses can increase profit by employing illegals, and they do exactly that.”

    As opposed to what Dan? Keeping average paid employees that are under skilled while the unions take more money for their fat cats?

    It would be nice if the employees were seeing the money it would give them the means to increase the quality of their lives and perhaps even afford more education for themselves and families.

    But it’s sad to say that what I have witnessed is that the employees are not being treated fairly and the unions are driving more and more companies out of business and the employees lose because instead of low paying jobs or average paying jobs they employees now have no jobs because the employers are going overseas or closing down all together in the U.S.

  • aadila

    Oh I recognize that lowering trade barriers exposes American industry to a more competitive environment. Exactly the same argument the IMF has made for twenty years why developing countries need to practice fiscal austerity and lower their trade barriers.

    What I have seen in a lot of time outside the country is that the United States practices exceptionalism only in so far as it continues to exert hegemony and economic dominance. In a global sense, which is how I see things, the most powerful economy in the world shouldn’t be weeping about not being able to compete. A lot of what gets called “dumping” is really just a more competitive workforce, often helped by the state. Instead of protectionism I would like to see more compassionate and sustainable policies.

    Just as one example of American excess: our livestock industry, particularly beef, consumes enough grain to feed 800 million people. We eat well over twice the protein we need, per capita, and on top of that, add into the equation 100,000 liters of fresh water per kilogram of beef for human consumption, topsoil erosion at 13 times the rate it can be replaced to produce grains, and huge amounts of fossil fuels, which are largely imported. Not to mention the animal suffering. Should 41 million tonnes of plant protein be used to produce 7 million tonnes of animal protein, just to have more hamburgers? That seems like waste to me.

    So here is just one example where American consumerism is economically and ecologically unsustainable. And guess what: our beef industry is among the largest sectors for protective and phytosanitary trade barriers.

  • concernedcitizen

    “A US citizen worker demands reasonable wages and conditions.”

    Well Dan I don’t actually agree with this statement. We have American Labor boards that demand a high wage for inferior American Labor and the workers aren’t the ones getting all the money. There are those unions that are paying non show jobs for their “family” members holding the American employers hostage to the threat of labor strikes.

    I would argue that there is far more to the situation as it pertains to American labor and wages than the simple argument you have presented.

  • concernedcitizen

    Jeronimus, Property Law is a study.

    And as for the average American looking for work I have been far too privileged to see what many average working Americans do while getting paid and they are not all the victims, there are many who are earning hourly wages and victimized others.

    Yes, I do agree that we need better quality jobs and salaries that are commensurate with the work talent and yet we are in desperate need of quality workers to fill that order .

    Many immigrants manage to find work that many Americans are not willing to take. And not all immigrants work jobs they have small business’s. Services that are very much needed and when absent are really missed in American communities. And I can say that when those Latino business’s disappeared I did not see an American small business popping up to takes it’s place.

    We need to re-examine arguments against Latino’s that have no real foundations.

  • SAS

    This character does not sound too intelligent himself.

  • Sam Molloy

    I certainly agree with most everything said here. Unions seem to have improved dramatically, but were greatly responsible for the past decline of the American car industry, and the virtual disappearance of the British car industry. While they were using decades old technology to pay workers more money and stale techniques because the unions basically froze all job descriptions and refused to allow flexibility, the Japanese were copying the best designs from Germany, France and Italy, with better metallurgy and easily adjustable techniques. The “Toyota Method”, basically Continuous Improvement and listening to their workers, seems to work best in all manufacturing situations. Toyotas, Nissans, Kias, BMW’s and VW’s are all made in the Southern US without unions today. Here in Louisville, General Electric and Ford’s Fern Valley Road plant are back from the brink of becoming a Slab City, but new union workers are making about $15 an hour and I’m thinking they never utter the words “That’s not my job”.

  • Reynardine

    Tariffs should be raised on all goods to the point where U.S. made goods are competitive. This should be linked to the wages being paid to labor in the exporting country. Letting our goods be undercut by those being produced at eleven cents an hour creates a dive to the bottom and ruins the American worker – exactly where we are heading now.

  • Erika

    aadila, entire American industries have died in large part thanks to the removal of tariffs including clothes and shoes – others are still alive but have been critically maimed including the automotive and steel industries.

    Since most of the American manufacturing base has already been destroyed raising tariffs now may well be too little, too late, but its undeniable that lowering and removing of tariffs (and so called “free trade”) is a primary reason for hte loss of many American jobs. And there is still a bit of heavy American manufacturing base (steel,automobiles, aircraft,heavy equiprment manufacturing etc) which is still threatened And i do beleive that the ending of corpoirate controlled “free” trade would likely at least end the movement of jobs overseas.

    And btw, free trade with the U.S. has done very little to help Mexico and has had a very damaging effect on Canada. Even with “free trade” with the U.S. many Mexican factories have closed to move to China. The number of products you can get made by union workers in the U.S. is very small – i think if you really look you can still find a car.

  • aadila

    I see now Rey seems to want to keep tariffs. So I agree with unions, disagree with raising tariffs. Sorry, Rey.

  • aadila

    “Is there any rational argument against this plan?”

    Dan,

    I support a higher minimum wage and an end to exploitive labor practices of immigrant workers on humanitarian grounds. Giving people the means to rise above poverty for the betterment of our nation and world is a great idea.

    By the same token I think the United States, as the world’s largest economy, needs to practice more humanitarian economic principles outside our borders as a means to reduce immigration that sidesteps the legal process. It is not always apparent how our luxuries and political decisions affect the rest of the world and unfortunately these problems tend to magnify themselves when ignored (i.e. “terror”). In my mind there is no benefit to ending exploitation here if it means adding to exploitation elsewhere.

    That said I think that no amount of labor law enforcement can contend with the grey market (informal sector) such as one-off jobs or spontaneous hirings on the very small scale. Immigration hawks seem to think kicking in people’s doors to find the illegal housekeeper is a good use of public resources. I don’t.

    We’ve already seen in Arizona and elsewhere that such practices end up being abusive and coercive. In other states, stricter enforcement has crushed industry and sent jobs out of state. And paying police to go after grey market workers when our prisons are already the world’s largest incarceration system — half on drug crimes — doesn’t seem to be true to American values of justice and free markets.

    So, while I tend to think higher wages are good I don’t think it will reduce unauthorized immigration. Keep in mind almost half of immigration violators came in on a valid visa and merely overstayed.

    I am with Rey on empowering the unions and dropping tariffs — the latter because this is a factor that harms developing countries and leads to immigrants seeking wages in the United States, the former because unions are as American as apple pie.

    In general I think the best policy is relaxation of immigration enforcement, a pathway to citizenship, and more sustainable economic practices with the global community in mind, not just the wealthy 1%.

    That and treating others the way we’d like to be treated if we were in the same situation. Can we have a kinder planet please?

  • Reynardine

    Jeronimus, as someone with over half a century of clear adult memory and very good powers of observation and analysis a decade before that, I guarantee you that importing workers is not, and never has been, the problem. Exporting manufacture is. So is deunionization and the removal of tariffs.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “It’s damned hard for an American to get a job, any job, nowadays, yet we still import more and more and more workers?”

    You go straight to the heart of the matter. And leaving aside personal attacks on the author of the report, it is important to note that what is said to be the main claim of the report is absolutely true. Immigration reform will cost the US trillions of dollars (over, say, 5-10 year periods).

    If we either stop illegal immigration completely (by whatever means) or legitimize the status of these workers, then labor costs will go up dramatically in construction, agriculture, and a few other areas where illegal labor dominates.

    A US citizen worker demands reasonable wages and conditions. An oppressed illegal worker is in no position to expect the same compensation. So businesses can increase profit by employing illegals, and they do exactly that.

    Any form of legal temporary or guest worker program will be the same as employing citizen workers, or very nearly so. It will not lead to increased profits and so conservatives vigorously oppose such reforms.

    The solution to the immigration problem is simple and easy (so obviously no politician will touch it). First, raise the minimum wage to a reasonable level. Second, require the minimum wage to be paid to all workers, legal and illegal, on-the-record or off, documented or not; with strict penalties for non-compliance.

    There will then be no incentive to employ illegal immigrants, no reduction in labor costs, and no increase in profits. The jobs for illegals will dry up and they will stop coming. The other positive effect will be that construction and agriculture will reflect the costs of labor in the US, not labor in a dysfunctional third world narco-state.

    Is there any rational argument against this plan?

  • aadila

    “How can anyone be in favor of more immigration when we have so much unemployment at all levels? It’s damned hard for an American to get a job, any job, nowadays, yet we still import more and more and more workers?”

    Jeronimus, that is a valid question. The answer is very simple. Immigration of unskilled labor has been broadly favorable to the national economy, even taking into consideration the negatives. With increased economic productivity, capital markets respond, and this spurs new investment and new jobs.

    Conversely, by strangling immigration, some but not all jobs will be replaced by US citizens. The idea of a 1 for 1 transfer of jobs to the jobless by deporting millions of people is simply erroneous, and such a simplistic argument does not take into account the unintended consequences. Massive deportation would very likely result in job loss because businesses all along the supply chain would close.

    When looked at carefully, the consensus is that immigration is broadly favorable for the national economy. There is a reason why massive corporations never lobby for deportation, whether they are puppetmasters of Republican or Democratic lawmakers, or both, even though this is a perennial issue in national and local politics.

    You might look into it.

    The better question to ask, if you are concerned about the national economy, is why are we waging decade-long wars when the effects have been disatrous for our country and the world? And, why is so much political attention paid to issues such as immigration, except as a smokescreen for the real money pit which is war?

  • aadila

    @Dan Zabetakis

    There seems to be a critical difference between ad hominem (generally the fallacy of name calling in debate, rather than focusing on the issues at hand) and criticism of an individual that is legitimate because it pertains to the issues at hand.

    If, as the OP points out, Richwine devoted his studies to supporting a eugenic argument for racial markers in human intelligence (a notion that is widely discredited), I believe this is both substantial and material to the question of his credibility. If on the other hand, the criticism focuses on what he does with his best friend’s wife, that is ad hominem.

    I frequently see people attempt to deflect criticism of ideas by claiming ad hominem on the part of their interlocutor. However, there is no ad hominem implied in challenging one’s personal views that are relevant to the debate, even when that challenge is unflattering or presented in an ugly way.

  • Erika

    i believe this is more evidence to support the theory that Fellows at the Heritage Foundation are not as intelligent

  • aadila

    Amazing that one who claims to posess such high intelligence cannot perceive that a border is an arbitrary and fundamentally illusory construct of the mind, whose very premise is illogical. The poor dear is confused by the post Westphalian order.

  • Linnea

    Hmm… I’d have to say Richwine isn’t as intelligent as most people (including Latinos) if he’s putting forth theories like that.

  • concernedcitizen

    Richwine’s 2009 doctoral dissertation at Harvard makes the claim that there are deep differences in intelligence between races, and that there may be a genetic component to those differences, which, he argues, are persistent over time. He wrote that, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”

    This is incredible and a proof that Harvard has lowered it’s standards to let such trash fall through the halls of higher education.

    Richwine is obviously a pompous supremacist sycophant. Let’s see how intelligent do people have to be to cruelly lie, contrive, oppress, intimidate and use every method possible to degrade and humiliate groups of people of different ethnic backgrounds?

    That is not intelligence, that is simple psychopathic behavior that can be adopted and embraced by a significant part of any society that is cruel and evil enough to perpetrate it’s poison upon others.

    We should find out what the Hispanic Community thinks about Richwine’s “alleged” research.

  • Jeronimus

    How can anyone be in favor of more immigration when we have so much unemployment at all levels? It’s damned hard for an American to get a job, any job, nowadays, yet we still import more and more and more workers?

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is aptly named — it’s in the American South, and it advocates for policies that impoverish the masses of Americans.

  • Sam Molloy

    Most Latinos are heavily of Native American descent. Their family traditions are good reson to take the dotted lines on the map less seriously than those of heavily European descent. As far as intelligence is concerned, even a four year old Mexican can speak Spanish. Can this guy?

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “a great deal of criticism from other quarters is now focusing personally on Richwine”

    Sorry, but that sounds like an ad hominem. Never a legitimate criticism of a report.

    That’s not something I want people on my side to do.

  • Reynardine

    I hesitate to name the number of educated Spaniards, Cubans, South Americans, and Haitians I have met in my lifetime who could put this man’s brains in their change pockets. Educated: that’s the point. Their families could afford to educate them. As for the IQ thing, it was being done a hundred and twenty years ago, when steerage passengers from eastern and southern Europe were given intelligence tests in English, a language many did not know, pronounced imbeciles, and prevented from debarking. This is as specious as that.