Hispanic Immigrants Be Stupid — But Vote GOP!
The Browns™ are taking over. You know it. I know it. And the GOP knows it. What’s more? They’re terrified of it.
After the election, which saw President Obama win the Latino vote by a landslide (a margin of 44%), Republicans reluctantly realized that they needed to be a bit nicer to The Browns™.
But how to do it?
Well, they started accepting that “self-deportation” and “electroshock border fence” were not viable plans for immigration reform. So that’s something.
They also tried a little sensitivity training: Back in January, a Latino organization circulated talking points that teach Republicans how to talk about immigration reform without sound like a bunch of dicks.
Notwithstanding GOP efforts, the Latino outreach program hasn’t worked out so well. First, there was Louie Gohmert who opened his mouth and allowed some stupid about Islamoradicals being trained to look and act like Mexicans to fall out. Then, there was Don Young and the Wetback Kerfuffle. And after that, there was the coordinated wingnut freakout when Google decided to celebrate Cesar “No My Name Isn’t Hugo” Chavez’s birthday on Easter by featuring a Google Doodle with a brown person on it instead of an oversized bunny.
And now this:
The Heritage Foundation has released a paper that analyzes the economic consequences of immigration reform (it will cost eleventy-seven trillion dollars, of course, and is therefore something we shouldn’t even bother doing), and guess who one of the co-authors is? One Jason Richwine, a Harvard muckity-muck (I demand transcripts, dammit!) with a name so elitist-sounding that I have a hard time believing that he wasn’t born with a monocle attached to his face.
Mr. Richwine, you see, opposes that whole “send us your huddled masses yearning to be free” crap because the huddled masses are fucking idiots who will never be as brilliant as The White Man™.
“The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations…”
“The major finding presented here is that the average IQ of immigrants is substantia
lly lower than that of the native population , and the difference s does not disappear by the second or third generation .The result is a lack of socioecono mic assimilati on, and an increase in undesirabl e outcomes such as underclass behavior and loss of social trust. The upside is that calling attention to this problem may help focus policy on attracting a different kind of immigrant — the poor with great potential. ” – Jason Richwine, IQ and Immigration Policy, May 2009
Such theories about race and intelligence are hardly new (just ask Andrew Sullivan), so I’m not surprised that Monsieur Expensive Merlot adheres to such racist theories. I am surprised, however, that the Heritage Foundation neglected to take into account the fact that Monsieur Costly Chardonnay’s viewpoints would become fodder for public mockery, and might piss off the very same Americans the GOP is desperately trying to court.
Call me crazy, but for a party that needs brown people to like them well enough to vote for them, it seems to me that calling Hispanics stupid is exactly the wrong way to go about it. The GOP should be deploying the friendliest among them to stand on the border, arms raised up with a boom-box blaring “In Your Eyes,” not calling brown folks a bunch of stoopid-heads.
Less elitist Heritage Foundation bullshit and more Peter Gabriel diplomacy — that’s what I say.
But what do I know. I’m probably just a dumb Negro.
Imani Gandy (ABL)
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