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Co-author of racist "low Latino IQ" report resigns from the Heritage Foundation as Hispanic college enrollment tops white enrollment


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The Heritage Foundation announced the resignation Friday of senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, co-author of a controversial report critical of the Senate's immigration reform bill. After Heritage issued the report this week, news articles pointed out that Richwine had argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants. Friday afternoon's announcement was part of an urgent damage control effort by the giant conservative think tank, which has come under unaccustomed criticism for the immigration report.

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Rachel Maddow:

This is where the white supremacist problem comes in.

So, yesterday, it was Dillon Matthews at "The Washington Post" who looked up the credentials of the people who wrote the anti-immigration reform study for Heritage and they found out that one of the co-authors for the big Heritage study on this issue, did his doctoral dissertation on American immigration policy and specifically on the question of how we should shape our immigration policy to account for the fact that Latinos are so dumb as a race. I`m only barely paraphrasing.

The dissertation describes Latino immigrants as generally having an IQ that is, quote, "substantially lower than that of the white native population." Quote, "Immigrants living in the U.S. today do not have the same level of cognitive ability as natives." Quote, "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."

So, not only are Latinos intellectually inferior to whites, but, of course, they breed. Echh. Disgusting, right?

After that was reported the Heritage Foundation, which is now run by former Republican Senator Republican Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation tried to distance themselves from this guy who they had write their immigration report.

They lamented that people were focusing on this guy`s dissertation instead of on this new study from him. They said that the dissertation was, quote, "not a work product of the Heritage Foundation. Its findings do not reflect the positions of the Heritage Foundation or the conclusions of our study."

They further dismissed the guy who wrote the Latino's equal dumb thing by saying, quote, "he did not shape the methodology or the policy recommendations in the Heritage policy paper, semicolon, he provided quantitative support for the lead author." So, basically, "the guy was just a temp. He was good with a calculator. That`s all we hired him for."

Think Progress demonstrates that not only is timing everything, but also, irony is not dead:

A Pew Research Center report released Thursday notes that Hispanic college enrollment reached a record high for the class of 2012, surpassing the rate of white enrollment for the first time. [...]

This should catch the attention of Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine, who coauthored a debunked immigration study that argues reform is too costly. Richwine argued in his dissertation that immigrants naturally possess a lower IQ, a pseudoscience point linked to anti-immigration groups actively working against reform.

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Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.


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In January it was reported that at least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines. In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote.

Now the New York Times has a series of graphs depicting exactly how long it took different groups to vote. One guess who waited longer among African American, Hispanic, and white voters. Hint: White voters waited an average of 12+ minutes. Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20+ minutes.


Democrats waited an average of 15 minutes, but Republicans? A little over 12 minutes.

Here is a peek at the results. Source: 2012 Survey of the Performance of American Elections, conducted by Charles Stewart III of M.I.T. Much more at the link and here:

Overall average: 14 minutes

The dotted line represents the 14 minute mark.

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VIDEO: Here's a little "clip-and-save" GOP moment for you


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I live for these Rachel Maddow moments:

Notice anything about their selections?

Here. Here is the whole group of who the Republicans picked to run their committees. They picked these 19 guys. Notice anything?

So, yeah, this is what you can clip and save for the next time someone in the beltway tells you how "seriously" the Republican party is taking its diversity problem this year. Clip and save, fellas.


GOP faces unexpected challenges in South amid shrinking white vote


President Obama, our first black president, fared better in the South than any other Democratic nominee has in 30 years. So much for those who say he hasn't accomplished anything. The Southern white Republican base may be in need of a Southern white Republican boost. WaPo:

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi -- despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP's future.[...]

[P]owerful forces in the region are clearly eroding GOP dominance. The trends pose difficulties for a Republican Party that has been shifting toward Dixie since the “Southern strategy” of the Nixon era, which sought to encourage white flight from the Democratic Party.

According to one pollster who helped analyze swing states for Team Obama, “They also have a problem with whites, in this election cycle, just showing up.”

Even trying to use President Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay issues against him didn't work:

Black pastors — some of whom had preached against gay marriage in the past — rallied to the president.

Not to mention African Americans turned out and voted for the president in droves.

So the new line that I keep hearing and reading is how the Republican party will have to force themselves to be more inclusive of minorities and women, because, clearly, they can't win without them.

But see, Republicans don't seem to want to truly understand and empathize with the needs and predicaments of these voting groups. It's all about acquiring the votes, the numbers, the Big Win, not caring for their fellow Americans as, you know, people.

What oh what will they do about the tea party’s (persistent, stubborn) willful blindness? They still "hope to weed out Republicans they consider insufficiently conservative." Which means, at least to tea baggers, women's rights and gay rights are still off the table, undocumented immigrants will still be referred to as "illegals," God's intentions still include rape births, and African American voters will still have to jump through hoops in order to simply cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, they can fake-like the very people for whom they show such utter disdain, because as Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

White on, er, right on, GOP!