Jason Richwine, Heritage Immigration Expert Quits

Mike Allen, Politico, May 10, 2013

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.

Heritage had said earlier that those views were not those of the foundation.

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.

Heritage said in a statement: “Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.”


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  • Puggg

    This is the “being fired” kind of “quit.”

    • What was that, two days and done?

      • The__Bobster

        The truth is no defense.

        “Quit” means that you leave with some kind of package after you’ve been fired. You don’t have the option of staying.

        • Luis

          That’s the truth, Bobster. That actually happened in one of my past employs. The company put a “gun to my head” and I wrote a letter of resignation – AFTER I was assured by them that they would not stand in my way to collect unemployment benefits.

          “Resignation under pressure”, they used to call it.

  • Hal K

    I thought it seemed too good to be true that a borderline race realist would be working for a mainstream conservative think tank. This is just one more example of the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the conservative movement. They think that expelling people like Richwine will buy them time to beat liberals at their own game, but they are fooling themselves. They would understand this if they would listen to people like Richwine rather than expelling them and depriving them of their livelihoods.

    • Manaphy

      What about Jeff Sessions? I believe that he shares most typical AmRen views but just can’t express them or else he’ll lose his senate seat….

      • Hal K

        What leads you to believe this?

    • The__Bobster

      Surrendering to libtards only makes them more aggressive. You need to hold your ground so that they’ll point and sputter.

      • Hal K

        I think conservatives are able to hold their ground in some situations but not when race is involved, generally. The Democrats want to transfer wealth and other goodies to nonwhites, and the best the Republicans can do generally is to pathetically argue that this actually harms nonwhites, assuming they even bother to oppose the Democrats.

    • Jaytee

      Left wing radicals have infiltrated conservative movements many years ago.

    • So now Jason Richwine, IF he has the proper hormones, can come and work for our side.
      “They think that expelling people like Richwine will buy them time to beat liberals at their own game…”

      I don’t think so – they are ALL anti-whites working for our genocide.

      • Hal K

        By beating liberals at their own game I mean they think they can win nonwhites over to mainstream conservatism. They explicitly believe that race doesn’t matter and that the only reason nonwhites vote liberal is that white liberals are misleading them.

        Deep down, mainstream conservatives are confused. They are implicitly pro-white, but explicitly race neutral with pandering to nonwhites. They are in the awkward position of having to distance themselves from people like Richwine who otherwise would be their allies.

        • I understand your point. I just happen to believe that these conservatives ARE actually traitors to our race. Conservatives have never been any help in stopping the genocide of our race.

          • Hal K

            Some like John McCain use anti-white rhetoric. Most mainstream conservatives should be viewed as potential converts to our cause.

          • “Most mainstream conservatives should be viewed as potential converts to our cause.”

            Well I like to be optimistic but even though we must try to convert them, I don’t plan to hold my breath.

  • sbuffalonative

    This is why we lose debates and credibility .

    At the slightest hint of controversy, conservatives fold.

    • Hal K

      Although Michelle Malkin wrote a piece in support of Richwine, she and the rest of the conservative establishment don’t have any firm basis for standing by people like Richwine, since they believe it is wrong to be “racist.” He just slipped in under the radar for a while, but once he was “spotted” he was history.

      It isn’t that conservatives fold too easily per se. It’s that they are missing one key component from their political world view, which is white solidarity, i.e. the idea that it is right for whites to look out for their group interests. No one in the mainstream stands up for whites at the group level. Since they have no moral foundation for supporting anyone who questions liberal views on race, they have no choice but to fold.

      • Kathy M

        True, but since when is the truth “racist?” Non-whites and multiracial individuals do have lower IQs.

        • Kathy M

          Excluding East Asians of course. I am talking about the typical immigrant, mulattoes, etc. etc.

          • equality64

            You were correct the first time.

        • Hal K

          The truth is racist. That is the whole point.

      • The__Bobster

        There is another choice, but you have to be independently wealthy to exercise it.

    • PBL

      Remember the old Rolling Stones’ song, “Paint it Black”? Well, it’s time to paint the Heritage Foundation yellow. I would like to see a good conservative parody video made on that theme, something to tide us over until Jason Richwine finds a new venue.

      And if you’re out their Dr. Richwine, we paleocons will welcome you.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Agreed. It makes them look like they were in the wrong and someone caught them.

      Liberals are going to attack the Heritage Foundation no matter what they do. Might as well stick to their guns.

      But who knows, maybe egalitarians really run Heritage and they are doing what they think is right.

  • Luca

    This is what telling the truth will get you these days. One must chant the party line or risk being shunned, expelled, fired, brutalized, slandered or locked up in a mental health facility.

    • Dr. X

      And the anti-communist “conservatives” have the gall to criticize Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Stalin’s “toe the Party line or do 20 years in gulag” mentality! Ha!

    • Luis

      Luca, don’t know how old you are, but in a classic “Twilight Zone” episode titled “The Obsolete Man”, Rod Serling, in his opening monologue says, “…in the state…truth is a menace”…

      The plot dealt with the impending execution of librarian Burgess Meredith, who was deemed “obsolete” by the state; whose “chancellor” was portrayed by Fritz Weaver. In the end, the state turned on the chancellor because he showed cowardice in the face of death – Meredith was allowed to choose his own method of execution. He chose to be blown up in his own apartment, but he was going to take the chancellor with him. The chancellor pleaded “in the name of God”, to be spared and he was – until he got back to the state’s headquarters.

      We have reached the “truth is a menace” phase in this country.

  • a multiracial individual

    That didn’t take long……I wish these people would just ” take the hit”

  • 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.

    “Damage control.” What damage? Admit racial differences in IQ and link them to modern policy issues, and Heritage will have 50 million members and not need a dime from open borders slash military industrial complex types.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    The Beast must have its pound of flesh…

  • jackryanvb

    Hope the Muslims target Conservative Inc at the Heritage Foundation.

    Who’s “heritage?” Certainly not ours.

    • If that happens, then the irony will be delicious. Heritage regularly runs a lot of articles written by that noted Islamo-xenophile Grover Norquist.

      • The__Bobster

        The piece of garbage is also for open borders.

        • David Ashton

          Open borders and closed minds.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “…Richwine had argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a
    long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and


    A pair of Hispanic sociologists, Vilma
    Ortiz and Edward Telles, in “Mexican Immigrants,” in a letter published
    April 28 in the New York Times, acknowledge the long-standing
    white-Hispanic cognitive gap, though they avoid the term “IQ”:

    “In our book ‘Generations of
    Exclusion,’ we show that the descendants of Mexicans do not experience
    the steady progress into the third and fourth generations that has been
    documented for those of European ancestry” (Mexican Immigrants, NYT,
    April 3, 2013).

    They blame whites, of course, not Hispanic
    cognitive deficiencies, expected from academics
    published in the New York Times:

    “…Mexicans immigrated
    primarily to fill low-wage jobs and have been held in low regard [by
    whites] . . . too many do
    not pursue education because they attend low-quality schools [furnished
    by whites] or receive the brunt of negative expectations by [mostly
    white] educators.”

    Ortiz and Telles’ solution?

    “The solution to poor treatment [by whites] of immigrants is not to exclude them but to improve educational conditions for all!”

    * * *

    on the other hand, knows that mountains of data, including data on
    Hispanic vs. White toddlers, suggest that Hispanics’ low performance has
    more to do with their being Hispanic than with whites’ “poor

    Alas, a scholar who displays insufficient fervor for
    the popular fantasy that is race is a social construct is more than the
    Heritage Foundation can bear.

    • me

      Kind of like the flat-earth theory, preached by slutty, lying politicians with an agenda….

    • Vyncennt

      “”…Mexicans immigrated primarily to fill low-wage jobs and have been held in low regard [by whites] . . . too many do not pursue education because they attend low-quality schools [furnished by whites] or receive the brunt of negative expectations by [mostly white] educators.””

      Of course they succeed much more readily in Mexico, devoid of white influence….

      Amazing how the obvious has become not so obvious to so many.

  • lily-white

    caught this article earlier on “the hill”… so this is the price to be paid for publicly bringing up race and IQ… “Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called the group’s study “ugly racism and xenophobia dressed up in economic hyperbole” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/299101-immigration-researcher-quits-heritage-after-backlash-to-iq-paper … so AMREN readers…. there you have it… opposition to open borders is RAAAAAAAACIST….

  • storibund

    I’m so SO sick of institutional “conservatives” being the more-than-willing kapos for the lefty gestapo on this issue.

    Just. Freeking. SICK of it.

  • Jefferson

    Hey “mainstream conservatives” a.k.a RINOs, how is being politically correct working out for ya ? Has it translated into more Hispanic and African American votes for the GOP in presidential elections ?

    • The__Bobster

      I just came from a Tea Party meeting where one of the speakers said we should support RINOs. I asked her if Romney lost because he loved to the right or to the middle.

      • Jefferson

        7 million registered Republican voters did not bother to vote at all and stayed home on election day. I doubt the majority of them stayed home because they thought Mitt Romney was a far right wing extremist and they wanted a more moderate middle of the road Republican.

        • Charles Edward Lincoln III

          As I have said often, I couldn’t vote for Romney because I couldn’t see a dime’s worth of difference between his politics and those of the President. Obamacare’s best state model is, after all, from the (sometimes) People’s Republic of Massachusetts.


    • Jackryanvb

      For RINOs, mainstream Conservatives, Reason Magazine Libertarians like Rand Paul, it’s working out rather well. Immigration traitors like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, now head of The Heritage Foundation – DeMint’s annual salary is over $1 million a year.

  • APaige

    See what happens when one has the courage to speak truthfully about issues related to race.(Immigration and IQ is a proxy for race). It is not because we are ‘cowards’ (AG Holder) it is because we what to keep our jobs and support our families.

    • me

      Holder just said that comment to ferret out the ‘comrades’ that don’t go along with the official Marxist doctrines…

    • The__Bobster

      Just who is it that is seeing that we lose our jobs? These are the people we need to out.

  • Lakeview Senior

    I let my Heritage membership expire because they don’t seem to be a bit interested in talking about Affirmative Action, Racial Set-Asides, or anything to do with the discrimination that White males have to contend with in today’s world. They continue to send me emails extolling their economic plans and how their representatives have appeared on such and such a network program, and how they are becoming more influential in shaping policies dealing mainly with economics, etc. I’m not one bit surprised that they would fire anyone that doesn’t “walk their walk, or talk their talk.”

    • The__Bobster

      National Review is no better.

      • Jane Johnson

        Daily Caller?

  • Reggie

    Good for the Heritage Foundation The fact is that such racist drivel has no place in our society.

    • In YOUR OPINION that’s “racist”.

      You’re just saying that because he’s White.

      Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    • lily-white

      low IQ trolls like you “have no place” at the AMREN…

    • me

      LOL! Another believer in the cult of ‘diversity is good’. Tell me, how did you come to this conclusion, Reggie? Did you think this up all by yourself, if you’ll pardon my exaggeration?

  • Kathy M

    Talk about a collection of cowards. I had no idea the Heritage Foundation was full of Equality Cultists.

    • “We believe that every person is created equal and that everyone should
      have equal opportunity to reach the ladder of success and climb as high
      as they can dream,” Heritage said in a statement released by spokesman
      Mike Gonzalez.

      I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I’ll say it a thousand more time if need be: If someone doesn’t state specifically and emphatically about race, or give you a definite answer on Race-isms, then you should always assume they are “Equality Cultists” and obedient servants to the politically correct mechanisms of today. They will sacrifice you without blinking an eye.

      • David Ashton

        The concepts of “heritage” and of “equality of every person” are not compatible, if you think about them carefully.

  • Snowhitey

    Mr. Taylor, perhaps Mr. Richwine would make a good Amren moderator.

    • The__Bobster

      Mod? Hell, he should write the articles.

      • Jane Johnson

        That’s exactly what I was thinking.

    • He made it through a Harvard Ph.D. program, but can me make it through AR Moderation Academy? That’s the big wild card.

  • rick

    The narrow-minded zealots who targeted Richwine must be licking their chops right about now. Unlike heretics of the Middle Ages, he was not threatened with disembowelment or burning at the stake, just ridicule by a bunch of intellectual lightweights and yet he still succumbed to the inquisitors. For a fleeting moment I thought he buck the trend, but alas he succumbed to cowardice.

    • Vyncennt

      “For a fleeting moment I thought he buck the trend, but alas he succumbed to cowardice.”

      He bucked the trend enough to get himself fired….unless you truly believe he “resigned”. *cough*

  • BernieGoetzFan

    Good thing they just appointed a Jim Dandy o’ a conservative to lead the Heritage Foundation. Otherwise the leftists might intimidate them and tell them what to do …

    • The__Bobster

      He just bucked them on illegal aliens. I wonder how that went over.

  • Exoplanet Finder

    2013: The Heritage Foundation. 2033: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Got it. Just checking. We need that sort of check sometimes; good to know. Just marked it down in my little black book. Richwine: kudos to you- we are all on the same side.

  • The__Bobster


    However, this isn’t what cost Richwine his job. Richwine lost his job because of a dissertation approved at that bastion of white racism and right wing hysteria, Harvard University. It was reviewed by three scholars, including progressives of note, at perhaps the most prominent and prestigious university in the world. It is empirically based, intellectually sound, and, as can never be repeated enough, well within the mainstream of all reputable literature on the subject of race and IQ. Most importantly, it was written years before Richwine obtained his job, and served as the dissertation that earned him his PhD. It wasn’t some work that he was doing on the side – it was the very thing that qualified Richwine for his position at the Heritage Foundation.

    By even allowing Richwine to resign, the Heritage Foundation confirms what leftists think about conservatives. They are all racist, but only insofar as no one points it out. Once they are identified, they run for cover, because they do not have the actual courage of their convictions. Simultaneously immoral and cowardly, hateful and hypocritical, conservatives are small, selfish, petty men. Luckily, they can be stopped – through force, intimidation, and mob tactics, which break them every single time.

  • This is genuinely bad news for the liberty of social-science research.

    What percentage of the journalists who acted to destroy this man’s reputation and career actually read the so-called racist dissertation?

    The dissertation is available online, and I have read it.

    In fact, the dissertation is compatable with the diversity cult, and I should mention to Amren readers that a white advocacy platform would probably disagree with much in Richwine’s advice. In his discussion of immigration policy, Richwine proposes that, if the goal is to create diversity in the U.S., an abundant source of new people could be the portion of the sub-sahara Africa population, which is high IQ. The implication is that one could employ large-scale screening methods to ensure that only the most intelligent sub-Saharans are allowed citizenship, and he believes there is an enormous supply of such blacks in that region, even if there are other populations in Europe and Asia where the pool of high-IQ individuals is greater.

    Hence, the reaction of the faux liberals would appear not only PC, but masochistic. If they did read the paper, what part of the analysis could be offensive to them? I suppose it’s the mere attempt to frame policy around the fact that some groups score differently on these IQ tests than others.

    I don’t agree with Richwine on IQ-based immigration. I really do want a white-focused ethno-politics. Still, I object to PC and faux liberals, and I regret he has become their victim.

    • Nathanwartooth

      I would have to agree with the crazies on this one, IQ doesn’t really matter in immigration policy.

      It matters a lot more to only allow those in that will actually integrate into your culture. Basically that means only European Whites for America.

      I don’t care how high Asian IQs are. They are forming their own victim groups and want all the same goodies that all of the other minorities are getting. I don’t care if they find Blacks with 150 IQ, I don’t want them in the country either.

      That would be like convincing Japan that they should let in Whites with an IQ of 105 or higher, since that is their mean IQ. They would laugh in your face.

  • I remember years ago I was harangued and chastised for suggesting that the passive and implicit form of racial dialogue would never work. Passive forms of resistance require you to have control of some form of mass media or be very, very active at a grass roots level. Needless to say we have no control of mass media, and grass roots level activism has been highlighted by the likes of National Socialist Movement clown parades and milquetoast gatherings of White people who just so happened to be White(Yes, I’m talking about the Tea Party).

    Here we are, 2013, and not only can you not find a single US politician that speaks up for White people, but you can’t even get a sanitized smattering of words through the filters of a “Think Tank” without the Goskomizdat swooping in huffing and puffing till the Conservative wimps cave in.

    Tyranny does not give up power without some type of naked aggressive pressure being applied. Everything being done by implicit means and tactics only gives the tyrants the power to subvert and divert any forward momentum you make. Next thing you know people that were supposed to stand together united are questioning whether that person standing beside them was even with them to begin with.

    Brevity is the soul of wit. And with that I say that If you are not a Race-ist by now, you should wise up and embrace your destiny. Better late than never.

  • 8uhb

    He was hurting profits. They are required by law to do what is in the best interests of the shareholders.

    • Facts, truth and thinking — Heritage does operate under the guise of a Think Tank — sacrificed at the alter of shareholders. Yeah, that’s something that you can put faith into.**endsarcasm**

  • bigone4u

    The disappointing part to me as a former academic is that his doctoral committee did not speak out for him. As to what happened internally, I believe he was given the choice of being fired or “resigning,” and offered a nice severance package to leave, say six months or a years worth of income, to entice him to resign. You can bet the lawyers were involved since the last thing Heritage wants is a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Richwine.

    One more thing. Chicken bleep outfits like Heritage do the cause of conservatism no good, hiding under their desks at a minor flap like this one. If Richwine had been discovered to have plagariarized his paper, like MLK, that would be a different story, but a doctorate from Harvard should have insulated him from the smear job that was done on him.

  • StillModerated

    In 1991 I set up a table at a Leadership Institute conference. The fellow with me was a John Bircher, and our table was next to the Heritage Foundation’s display. My friend said that if Heritage represents the (so-called) Conservative (so-called) Movement, then we would be in real trouble. Maybe AmRen should set up a presence at CPAC, where large numbers of tribesmen troll for “gummint jobs.” The fireworks display would certainly be worth the price of admission.

  • Old Crow

    What else but collective IQ explains why one nation has a manned space station circling overhead while its neighbor to the south still labors with the complexity of the flush toilet?

    • Charles W.

      Isaac Newton defined modern physics with nothing more than a fountain pen and a bunch of leather-bound books. The Japanese built the world’s second-largest economy on a generation who went to impoverished post-war schools that didn’t even have textbooks. And yet we’re supposed to believe that giving Africans iPads and laptops will suddenly turn them into budding scientists. The notion is laughable, yet considered as indisputable truth in all mass media.

  • LHathaway

    “I thought it seemed too good to be true that a borderline race realist would be working for a mainstream conservative think tank”.

    We don’t need race realists, concerned about supposed black IQ scores, we don’t need them working anywhere. We need white advocates working for us everywhere.

  • JohnEngelman

    When Carleton Putnam wrote “Race and Reason: A Yankee View” in 1961 it was still possible to tell the truth about IQ differences between the races in the United States.


    It is ironic that there is more freedom on this issue in Communist China than the United States.

    • Charles W.

      In Korea it is commonly taught in their public schools that Koreans are a pure-blooded superior race. The only reason that’s tolerated by the “international community” is because Koreans are lucky if they can figure out how to tie their shoes in the morning.

      Europeans and Japanese on the other hand..

      • JohnEngelman

        I doubt that students in South Korean public schools are taught that.

        Nevertheless, in his book “Intelligence and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations,” Richard Lynn, who has spoken at American Renaissance conferences, estimates that the average IQ in Korea is 106. That is second only to the average IQ in Hong Kong, and superior to the averages in every white country.


        According to the OECD/PISA Study Korean students test number one in scientific literacy. In mathematics literacy they are second only to Japan.


        • Charles W.

          Have you ever worked with any Koreans, as in Koreans who GREW UP in Korea? I know for a fact that they are taught that.

          They are also taught that Korea invented basically everything, and that all of Asia is culturally indebted to Korean genius. The Chinese and Japanese actually have expressions for this delusion, along the lines of “Korean Fantasy.”

          As for their alleged brilliance in math and science, while they are of course head and shoulders above, e.g., Zulus or Mestizos, their real genius lies in stealing Japanese and American technology. They also have a well-deserved reputation for lying and cheating.

          While I readily accept the importance of IQ, I am forced to echo the leftist apologists when I state that IQ isn’t everything, and in particular does not reflect character or creative intelligence. One need only look at the ‘high-IQ’ Koreans versus their ‘lower-IQ’ European counterparts to see that this is true.

          Broaden your horizons and get out a bit more. You’d be amazed at what you’ll learn.

  • StillModerated

    I wonder how many of the limousine liberal, gauche de luxe actually read Richwine’s dissertation in its entirety. And of those who completed that assignment, actually understood it. I’ll bet the correct answer is nearly 1.

    In other similar instances the gutter press usually talks about other people talking about what another person might have read and then got offended. But the damage has been done. Richwine should be invited to the next AmRen meeting, with Dr Roger Pearson rounding out the field.

  • Charles W.

    “Freedom is the freedom to state that two and two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” – George Orwell, 1984

  • Paleoconn

    He didn’t resign, he was forced to quit. Witch-hunters. May they all go to hell.

  • A Reader

    Liberalism is like AIDS.

    Dr. Richwine is like a white cell that zeroed on a threat to this nation. So, he had to be destroyed by HIV.

    Meanwhile, the influenza is spreading quickly and the nation is on its way to die.

    • David Ashton

      That recalls the title of a book about homosexual AIDS – “a politically protected disease”.
      “Liberalism – the ideology of western suicide” (James Burnham).

  • numberonedon

    Post articles from Amren on Reddit. If half of the posters here posted one article a day on Reddit we would make headway. Reddit is the front page of the internet, smart, white, skeptical audience. Post there, not here. Be Evangelists for the movement.