Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jason Richwine's "Low Immigrant IQ" Theory

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Race is different in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ. Decades of psychometric testing has indicated that at least in America, you have Jews with the highest average IQ, usually followed by East Asians, then you have non-Jewish whites, Hispanics, and then blacks. These are real differences, and they're not going to go away tomorrow, and for that reason we have to address them in our immigration discussions and our debates.
. . . We have blacks, we have American Indians, and even early Mexican Americans, who have been living in the country for a long time, and who have not assimilated into the cultural mainstream as typified by white Americans.
Obviously I think with blacks we know that, at least in my opinion, I think black and white culture has if anything has diverged in the last 50 years rather than converged.
American Indians have been here a long time, and we still have Indian reservations.

~ Jason Richwine in a 2008 talk, via Mother Jones

Not surprisingly, Richwine’s remarks were warmly received on white nationalist blogs.
. . . Richwine declined to answer a detailed list of questions E-mailed him by the Hatewatch, saying he didn’t think that the Southern Poverty Law Center would give him “a fair hearing.”
~ Sonia Scherr of the Southern Poverty Law Center

1870 called. It wants its racial theories back.
~ DynamicDragon13 on YouTube

. . . Everyone who matters knows that things were much better when ‘Mericans were just ‘Mericans. Not fancy Mexican-Americans or African-Americans or Homosexxican-Americans or Inuit-Americans or whatever the hell you people are. Let’s just let people be people, shall we? Just stop letting in those lazy not-smart Hispanics and figure out a way to decide which Caucasian immigrants are smart enough and non-terroristy enough to come hang out in our big old melting pot and we’ll be all set.
~ Wonkette

Our Founders did not form this country only to allow it to turn all swarthy.
~ Salt_Bagel on Wonkette

GOP outreach. Who can esplain it?
~ OkieDokieDog on Wonkette

To paraphrase my Granny's heroine, the immortal Molly Ivins, Reichwine's dissertation "probably sounded better in the original German."
~ BadKitty904 on Wonkette

In the acknowledgement section of his dissertation, Richwine wrote, "I am indebted to the American Enterprise Institute for its generous support, without which this dissertation could not have been completed. In particular, I must thank Henry Olsen, vice president of AEI's National Research Initiative, for bringing me to AEI and supporting my research."
Richwine also thanked AEI scholar Charles Murray for his input, writing that "I could not have asked for a better primary advisor."
~ from Talking Points Memo - Charles Murray is author of the controversial book "The Bell Curve" which states that African-Americans are less intelligent than Caucasion-Americans

I don’t know how they can ever separate Richwine’s clearly racist world view from his contribution to the Heritage anti-immigrant report published this week. Moreover, how can they maintain any credibility as a serious think tank by keeping him on staff?
~ Fernando Espuelas of Univision via Buzzfeed

Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.
~ Short statement from The Heritage Foundation via Dave Weigel on Slate

From Washington Post
Jason Richwine, the co-author of a controversial immigration study released this week by the Heritage Foundation, tells Post Politics that he has resigned his position with the organization.
“Yes, that’s right,” Richwine wrote in a brief e-mail. Heritage confirmed that he resigned.

The study written by Richwine and Robert Rector argued that the immigration reform bill would cost $6.3 trillion, but it was widely panned by conservative groups pushing for immigration reform as not accounting for the economic benefits of immigrants.
Complicating matters were a series of revelations about Richwine, including that he had written a doctoral thesis at Harvard University arguing that the United States should focus its immigration efforts on those with high IQs and that he had written for a Web site that describes itself as “nationalist.”


In some sense, the immigration fiasco is precisely what some conservative scholars feared would happened when a politician committed to winning elections and advancing right-wing candidates took over a think tank. One Heritage scholar told me, “This is much worse than I feared … and it happened much faster than I ever imagined.”
~ Jennifer Rubin in Washington Post

The forces of orthodoxy have identified a heretic. They’re marching on his hut with pitchforks and flaming brands. The cry echoes around the internet: “Burn the witch!”
~ John Derbyshire on VDare

From Michelle Malkin
The crucifixion of Jason Richwine; Update: Richwine resigns
. . . Richwine’s 166-page dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” is now being used to smear him – and by extension, all of Heritage’s scholarship – as “racist.” While the punditocracy and political establishment sanctimoniously call for “honest discussions” on race, they rush to crush bona fide, dispassionate academic inquiries into the controversial subjects of intelligence, racial and ethnic differences, and domestic policy.
. . . Update 4:15pm Eastern: Richwine has resigned, according to Politico. The left-wing mob, aided and abetted by GOP cowards and opportunists, get their scalp.
Thought you’d like to see how McCain Hispanic National co-chair Ana Navarro responded:

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