Analyst Fired After ‘Low Average IQ of Hispanics’ Immigration Study

Is the Heritage Foundation in trouble after insulting the intelligence of Latinos and immigrants?

By Dara Sharif

Jason Richwine, Hispanics, Heritage Foundation, IQ, immigrationA conservative-think-tank associate’s assertions that immigration reform should take into account “the low average IQ of Hispanics” led to his abrupt departure.

But the damage to the Heritage Foundation’s reputation as well as to the conservative political brand may have far greater implications, and provide a lesson in effective diversity management.

After the Heritage Foundation released a study critical of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposals, an earlier dissertation written by one of the study’s authors came to light.

In “IQ and Immigration Policy,” Jason Richwine wrote: “The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population.”

He went on to argue that IQ should be used as a “selection factor” in admitting immigrants, writing, “From the perspective of Americans alive today, the low average IQ of Hispanics is effectively permanent.”

The outcry resulting from such discriminatory assertions was immediate, and within a day or so, the Heritage Foundation announced that Richwine had “decided to resign.”

But for a conservative political movement struggling to increase its appeal to more segments of the American population than older, white, heterosexual males, this latest dustup doesn’t help.

Diversity and cultural competence have become key differentiators in political success. During the 2012 presidential race, 71 percent of Latinos voted for President Obama, and Latinos comprised 10 percent of the total electorate for the first time.

According to The Atlantic, Obama’s voters were 56 percent white, 24 percent Black, 14 percent Latino and 4 percent Asian, while Romney’s were 88 percent white, 6 percent Latino, 2 percent Black and 2 percent Asian.

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  • This Heritage Foundation’s “study author” Jason Richwine has certainly branded himself as a racist. Also as ignorant as such “study’s” results of that type have been recognized as racist and incorrect since at least the 1960’s.

    In my opinion it also proves that the Heritage Foundation should not be considered as a “conservative think tank”, but as racist. Seems like conservative equals racist.

  • What on earth is “the white native population?” I have never heard that term used to describe indigenous Americans.

    • It seems when someone is speaking positively about any minority they are “celebrating diversity”, but if someone points out information that makes people uncomfortable they are “branded” as racist. Odd.

      • Luke Visconti

        How ironic that you misspell “hickory” under an article about a bigot who opined that immigrants have lower IQs.

        Racists are called racists here. We don’t dance around the obvious to make some people feel better about their own hatred. I don’t care how woman haters, gay bashers, racists, bigots or any other perverts feel, and using the word “inclusion” to try to justify hate doesn’t work around here.

        Have a nice day, “old hicory.” Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

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