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  •  Methinks Richwine is slightly confused about the (19+ / 0-)

    definition of the word "racist". Apparently claiming that an entire race suffers from genetic inferiority is not racist:

    Richwine knew he was in trouble the minute the first story broke. "The accusation of racism is one of the worst things that anyone can call you in public life," he says. "Once that word is out there, it's very difficult to recover from it, even when it is completely untrue."
    •  I can think of worse things to be called -- (4+ / 0-)

      and Richwine just thinks of fancy ways to call people that.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:24:19 AM PDT

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    •  Well, it is very difficult to recover from it. (6+ / 0-)

      However, in this case, with his continued writings putting forth racist ideas, it isn't completely untrue.  IMO, he is completely white-supremacist.

    •  I think many of these folks are (2+ / 0-)
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      just convinced because they don't have negative emotions about people of other races, just random empirical stuff they drew rational conclusions from, makes them not racist.

      He's quoted in a comment below that since he isn't a foaming at the mouth extremist, racism is not in his mind...

      Gee, could we do a polygraph Jason? See what makes your heart go faster, raises your temp, sweating, breathing...

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:54:19 PM PDT

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    •  Using "race," a totally unscientific social (4+ / 0-)
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      construct, as a basis for any measurement at all is illegitimate.  Just because some group of dissertation advisers accepted it doesn't mean it carries any significance.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:07:23 PM PDT

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    •  Actual racism is worse than accusations of racism. (3+ / 0-)
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      Maybe Richwhine should try to regain a sense of perspective.  I suspect that being subjected to racism is a lot worse than being (allegedly) unjustly accused of racism.  

      But these poor, poor white guys just keep getting unfairly characterized as racist, all because of a few accidental things like saying some races are smarter than others and accidentally publishing stuff on white nationalist web sites.  I mean, really, couldn't that pretty much happen to anyone?

      And what's with all these mean, angry people of color getting so upset about a little thing like one Heritage study?  We all know what an unimpeachably unbiased source Heritage is, don't we?

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:32:59 PM PDT

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    •  And the way you can tell that he isn't a racist (1+ / 0-)
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      is because he said so himself in his dissertation:

      Finally, as I emphasize throughout the text, nothing in this study suggests that immigrants should be treated on the basis of their group membership…Unlike Brigham's A Study of American Intelligence, there is no racial or ethnic policy agenda here.
      Except that Richwine claims that Blacks are 1.0 standard deviations [spurious precision] below Whites according to the American Psychological Association, or at the 17th percentile on average, and Latinos are between Blacks and Whites. Permanently. And therefore we should administer IQ tests to prospective immigrants. In which language, I wonder? And does this apply to all immigrants, in his mind? I don't think so.

      This is what the APA actually says:

      "Intelligence: Knowns and unknowns" (PDF), Neisser et al. 1996

      The differential between the mean intelligence test scores of blacks and whites (about one standard deviation, although it may be diminishing) does not result from any obvious biases in test construction and administration, nor does it simply reflect differences in socio-economic status. Explanations based on factors of caste and culture may be appropriate, but so far have little direct empirical support. There is certainly no such support for a genetic interpretation. At present, no one knows what causes this differential.
      Here are some comments from Richwine's dissertation advisers:

      Jason Richwine's Excellent Adventure

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:40:27 PM PDT

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