Commentary: Latinos Have Lower IQs Than Whites? Yep, Says Senior Policy Analyst Jason Richwine

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Latino immigrants are not as smart as white people. That’s the gist of a dissertation written by Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

Ever since Dylan Matthews of The Washington Post dug up Richwine’s 2009 paper this week, s*** has hit the fan for the conservative think tank’s analyst, and social media (as it always does) has basically ripped him to shreds and rightly so, for making a blatantly racist blanket statement about millions of people.

In his dissertation titled “IQ and Immigration Policy,” Richwine 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.” Excuse us? We actually had to refresh the page when we read that statement to ensure that that is in fact what was written.

Indeed it was—but his statement is not only not difficult, but hilariously easy, to argue against.

Richwine, who somehow received his PhD in public policy from Harvard University in 2009 and began working for Washington-based think tank The Heritage Foundation a year later, wrote that the average IQ of immigrants in the United States is “substantially lower than that of the white native population” and believes that the difference is likely to persist over several generations. His paper claims that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. “The totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ” part of his paper reads. We’re still not sure where he’s getting his information from, maybe pulled it maybe pulled it out of, well, somewhere very dark — but it still boils our blood that he has no problem generalizing about 50 million people (all from over 30 distinct cultures).

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