If Richwine was as well-read as we would think an Ivy-League educated man would be, he would have probably heard about people like Pulitzer Prize winner and MIT professor Junot Diaz (who is, oh my gosh, Latino!) and Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning play Water by the Spoonful and is, wait for it, Latina. And astronauts are pretty smart, wouldn’t you say? Guess Richwine overlooked Franklin Chang-Díaz, the first Latino to be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame last year. The 60-year-old Costa Rican joined the likes of John Glenn and space exploration legends Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride. And he definitely hasn’t met any of these amazing Latinos.
It’s long been established that a majority of Latinos place huge emphasis to their children on college education. Richwine’s views sound especially idiotic this week, when the Pew Hispanic Center analysis states that a record seven out of 10 (or 69%) of Latino high school graduates enrolled into college during fall 2012. More Latinos are enrolling into college more than ever.
Sometimes it’s easier for these “thinkers” to lump all Latinos into one group and generalize. Yet again.
In his paper, Richwine narrows down on Latino immigrants with low IQs, warning that this carries consequences such as “a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market.”