There Heritage Foundation is distancing itself from its racist study on amnesty. The Pink Flamingo is trying to ascertain if that is before Jim DeMint endorsed it or after he endorsed it. So far, the Koch Machine Flunkie has yet to distance himself from the racist study. The world is shocked, absolutely shocked to discover that Jason Richwine, who co-authored the ill fated anti-Hispanic hate paper from the Heritage Foundation, wrote for a white nationalist site. The Pink Flamingo is not at all surprised.
It’s time to get out that scorecard. Once again we have been treated to the extreme right’s racist view of Hispanics. In 1994 Charles Murray, who now works for the American Enterprise Institute, wrote a book called The Bell Curve. The most recent Heritage Foundation study on immigration was authored by Jason Richwine, who wrote a dissertation based on Murray’s work. Even more interesting is the fact that Richwine was a research fellow for the AEI.
“…Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — ‘the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ’ — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, ‘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.‘…”
Is this racist? It sure reads racist to The Pink Flamingo.
Once again, it all goes back to John Tanton. Doesn’t it always?
“...Richwine’s anti-immigrant language is reminiscent of that used by the Pioneer Fund, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a hate group that “funds studies of race and intelligence, as well as eugenics, the ‘science’ of breeding superior human beings that was discredited by various Nazi atrocities.” The Pioneer Fund supports the notoriously anti-immigrant and fellow SPLC hate-group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), founded by nativist John Tanton who publishes The Social Contract Press. Richwine spoke at a 2010 event for The Social Contract Press on the “myth of immigrant crime,” and, according to the group, argued that “immigrant and illegal alien crime is higher than crime committed by other demographic groups.” After joining the Heritage Foundation’s Domestic Policy Studies Department in January 2012, Richwine spoke at a Social Contract writing workshop last September about the “connection between culture and immigration” as part of a weekend event hosted by anti-immigrant and white nationalist organizations….”
There’s another very serious problem here, one that The Pink Flamingo has only now noticed. The American Enterprise, which is home to Charles Murray of The Bell Curve, where Richwine was a research fellow, is a very important libertarian conservative institution.
The Pink Flamingo, over the years, has been accustomed to finding Tanton’s racists in fringe organizations. I never even thought about those which are mainstream.
“...He then goes on to prove each point. On the question of IQ, he relies on a broad variety of research, from the American Psychological Association—to underscore the extent to which established measurements have found racial differences in intelligence—to the work of the late J. Philippe Rushton who argued that these differences were genetic in origin. He cites one article that deals with the differences of the “negroid brain.”
In trying to explain the IQ differential between races, Richwine borrows from Rushton, arguing that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” He tries to hedge against accusations of racism by noting that you can’t blame “obvious biases in test construction and administration” for the differential. And he gives an example of what he means when he says one racial group is less intelligent than another. These differentials, he writes “places the average black at roughly the 16th percentile of the white IQ distribution.”
There are a host of problems with “IQ” as a measurement, including the degree to which it corresponds with what we understand as “intelligence” and the extent to which IQ measurements reflect long-term systemic bias. Let’s set those aside. The more obvious problem is with trying to measure “racial” differentials in the first place.
Remember, racial groups are imagined communities; there’s nothing biological or genetic that makes someone “black” or “white.” These are social distinctions. What does it mean to measure “Hispanic” intelligence, when Hispanics come from a huge variety of socio-cultural backgrounds and environments? Hispanic isn’t a “population” as much as it is an umbrella term for populations, namely, people with heritage in the Spanish-dominant countries of the Americas….”
One would expect, anti-Hispanic bigot Michelle Malkin to stick up for Richwine. After all, she writes for VDare which is one of the most infamous White Supremacist, racist, and bigoted sites online. They are associated with Stormfront, American Renaissance, and the entire Tanton Network.
Let’s be honest here, it’s the racism, stupid.