By Raoul Lowery Contreras
While many point to the uneducated Blue Collar White underclass as the epitome of American bigotry, we must look at Polite White Society, also.
Here are two of America’s greatest bigots:
Bigot #1– IQ “expert” Charles Murray (Harvard, American Enterprise Institute) best known for a silly book (The Bell Curve) that proclaimed Blacks and Hispanics so low in inherited intelligence they will never succeed in America even if their education and upbringing are above average.
Bigot #2 – Ann Coulter (Cornell, U. Michigan Law), the bleached blond ultra-thin mini-skirted lawyer that thinks she is a great thinker and has bitterly attacked legal/illegal immigrants from Mexico.
The Bigots have several commonalities in that they are over-educated, White and operate with funding/sponsorship from ultra-right-wingers. They also lie. Let me repeat that – THESE BIGOTS LIE!
We dispense with Murray first. High school senior Murray and some friends burned a cross next to the Newton, Iowa police station. He says he did not know the racial/racism symbolism of the burning cross. In a New York Times Magazine article by Jason DeParle, “Mr. Murray described the cross-burning as “dumb.” But he insisted, “It never crossed our minds that this had any larger significance.”
Either he lies or he is so ignorant of history and race relations in the country that he must be ignored.
He attempts to denigrate the reputation of Hispanics being hard workers with this:
Among Latino men ages 30–49, 92 percent were in the labor force. All other men ages 30–49: 91 percent. Among men ages 30–49 who had jobs, Latinos worked an average of 42 hours in the preceding week. All other men ages 30–49: 44 hours.
Another Murray fantasy… He selects the 30-49 age cohort when the Hispanic median age is 26. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2012 Labor Participation Rates for men 20 and over are—Hispanics 81.7% and non-Hispanic Whites only 73.9%. Murray purposefully excludes a huge working cohort of the 18-29 age group to make Hispanics look bad.
The BLS further reports that Hispanic/Latinos had the highest employment/population ratio in the country, 73.3% to non-Hispanic Whites of 68.2%. The BLS also reports that 84% of Hispanic families had an employed family member to only 80% for White families. For workers 20 years of age and older, 61.6% of non-Hispanic Whites were employed while 60.8% of Hispanics are employed, almost identical percentages, Murray and huge unemployment notwithstanding.
Bigot #2 – Ann Coulter wrote “Bush’s America: Roach Motel” in the ultra-conservative (some say White Supremacist) HUMAN EVENTS in 2007 this flagrant lie:
Until that point (1965), immigration law basically took a laissez-faire approach, with country quotas attempting to replicate the traditional immigration patterns. Most immigrants to America had historically come from Great Britain, Germany and Scandinavian countries. Consequently, immigration quotas roughly reflected that balance, with smaller numbers of immigrants admitted from other countries.
Monstrous Lie! In 1923/24 an all-White mostly Anglo-Saxon Protestant Congress (one Black member) throttled the immigration policy that had brought to the U.S. millions of Irish Catholics, Italian Catholics, Russian and Polish Jews and assorted other Southern Europeans by instituting harsh quotas tied to 1890 ethnic/national ethnic/national levels, the very year before large numbers of “undesirables” came to the country. She is right, however, in that Congress tried to freeze out all people not Northern European and it worked until 1965. However, it was done for pure bigoted reasons.
In the face of facts, she writes: “Eighty-five percent of legal immigrants since 1968 have come from the Third World (meaning Mexico and Central America). A majority of them are in need of government assistance.”
Facts: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities–
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits. In contrast, Hispanics made up 16 percent of the population but received 12 percent of the benefits, less than their proportionate share — likely because they are a younger population and also because immigrants, including many legal immigrants, are ineligible for various benefits.
She writes this lie:
In 1980, Hispanics were only 2 percent of the population…recent Hispanic immigrants, who — because of phony “family reunification” rules — are the poorest of the world’s poor.”
Facts: According to the Census, 6.4% of the 1980 American population was Hispanic, more than three times what Coulter wrote. American Black poor are poorer than the Hispanic immigrants she claims are the “poorest of the world’s poor” except, of course for Appalachia, Zimbabwe and 100 countries in the world.
Ann is as clueless as Murray. She can’t “Google” facts well, nor recognize truth. Perhaps she just hates people that look like me.
Contreras’ book A HISPANIC VIEW: WHITE ANGLO SAXON PROTESTANT HATRED AND RACISM OF MEXICANS is available at Amazon.com