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Why People Keep Misunderstanding the ‘Connection’ Between Race and IQ

by Shruti Modi

In Why People Keep Misunderstanding the ‘Connection’ Between Race and IQ for The Atlantic, Brink Lindsey contends that Jason Richwine’s IQ-based argument that American Hispanics are less intelligent than native-born whites is incorrect.

Last week Heritage Foundation scholar Jason Richwine, coauthor of a hotly disputed new study on the fiscal costs of comprehensive immigration reform, resigned his position in a hail of controversy over his 2009 Harvard Ph.D.dissertation. In that dissertation Richwine had argued, among other things, that American “Hispanics” are less intelligent than native-born whites as evidenced by their lower average scores on IQ tests. Richwine then attributed Hispanics’ alleged intellectual inferiority at least partly to genetic factors.

The Richwine affair is just the latest flap in a long-running dispute over the significance of IQ tests and group differences in IQ scores. [more]