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Paul Krugman argues today that Puerto Rico is kind of like West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama: Okay, but there's a huge difference in test scores. The federal government has been administering a special Puerto Rico-customized version of its National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam in Spanish to Puerto Rican public school
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The NYT notices something I've harped on for about a dozen years: Actually, after WWII, Hispanics tended to be, if anything, over-represented in movies. They were featured prominently in Latin Lover roles, such as Fernando Lamas, whose image lives on in his sailing buddy Jonathan Goldsmith's Dos Equis beer commercial character "The Most Interesting Man... Read More
Jennifer Rubin, who scribes the pro-immigration "Right Turn" column in the Washington Post, denounces Jason Richwine for the high crime of Noticing Things: Jennifer Korn, executive director of the pro-immigration-reform conservative Hispanic Leadership Network, responds: “If you start with the off-base premise that Hispanic immigrants have a lower IQ, it’s no surprise how they came... Read More
The feds' National Assessment of Educational Progress has a table of 4th and 8th grade vocabulary and reading comprehension scores by state. Sample size issues are of concern for smaller states which tend to bounce around, but we can state with a high degree of statistical confidence that the future of the state of California,... Read More
For the first time since 2008, La Griffe du Lion has posted a new essay. It's called Crime and the Hispanic Effect. He builds a regression model for predicting crime rates in cities and finds its largely driven by the percent black. Percent Hispanic doesn't much matter, one way or another. My old articles are... Read More
Here's the kind of statistic that nobody else counts: on NBC's list of 208 American Olympic medal winners, I find five Spanish surnames, or 2.4%. That's compared to approaching 20% of the relevant age cohort is Spanish-surnamed.1. Leo Manzano won the silver in the men's 1500m run, which is traditionally a glamor event2. Women's water polo... Read More
Why don't relatively smart, sophisticated network TV shows like multiple Emmy-winning Modern Family do well with the Hispanic audience? The answer, according to a variety of Latino activist and media types in the electronic rolodexes of New York Times reporters, is that Modern Family isn't smart and sophisticated enough to lure Latino audiences away from Spanish-language... Read More
The decision by pundit Matthew Yglesias to list himself officially on the 2010 Census as "Hispanic" has raised interesting questions about our new Hispanic elites.For example, one striking name that has popped up in the news relentlessly during the Obama Administration is Xochitl Hinojosa, spokesperson for the Department of Justice on civil rights-related matters. Here's just... Read More
About a decade ago, I started wondering why you never heard aboutJaime Escalante anymore. He was the famous calculus teacher whosesuccess in a barrio school notoriously excited the jealously of administrators and the teacher’s union, and who was portrayed byEdward James Olmos in the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver. Escalante seems like the ideal Latino... Read More
We constantly read articles in which Hispanic leaders, such as the head of the National Council of La Raza, threaten that any politician who takes a stand against illegal immigration will be buried at the polls. But do these media-acclaimed Hispanic prophets have all that many disciples?From my new VDARE column:Read the whole thing there.My... Read More
From the Washington Post:So, way back in 1986, 39% of Hispanics eligible to vote bothered to show up and vote. By 2010, voting was down to 31%, and only 25% looking at the marginal change from 2006 to 2010: a crazy four million more additional eligible voters (thanks George W. Bush!), but only one million... Read More
From the New York Times:What about Evan Longoria? They should get him involved, too.Looking up the museum's official website, I see that the other celebrity on-board is Emilio Estefan, who is not Charlie Sheen's brother Emilio Estevez, who was in Repo Man. Instead, he's singer Gloria Estefan's husband. And he's Lebanese.And the third-ranking celebrity involved,... Read More
From my Taki Magazine column:Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
The 2010 Census numbers have been streaming out, and last week saw comprehensive race / ethnicity data released. Let's take a look at some of the highlights and lowlights. The big news was that the Hispanic population grew 43 percent during George W. Bush's decade of 2000-2010, to more than 50,000,000. Fifty million is a... Read More
From the column I wrote before the press whipped itself into a frenzy nine days ago:Let me spell this out more clearly than Brownstein does. In 2010, whites voted slightly more as a bloc for Republican House candidates (60-37) than Hispanics did for Democrats (60-38)....Still, it’s fascinating that after endless pronouncements in the MSM... Read More
Here's the top story at the New York Times: Disillusioned Hispanics May Skip Midterms, Poll SuggestsBy MARC LACEYPHOENIX — Arizona’s controversial immigration law has prompted denunciations, demonstrations, boycotts and a federal lawsuit. But it may not bring the protest vote many Democrats had hoped would stem a Republican onslaught in races across the country.That’s because... Read More
From the Associated Press, we witness a triumph of assimilation: Hispanics have learned to tell pollsters what they are supposed to say as good Americans about the all-important value of a 4-year college diploma. They don't, actually, do all that much toward earning 4-year degrees, but they talk a good assimilated game, and that's what's... Read More
Last week's New York Times Magazine article by former Israeli LikudParty spokesman Zev Chafets, The Post-Hispanic Hispanic Politician(web posted May 3), breathlessly anoints the 35-year-old mayor of San Antonio, the ambitious and suavely blank Stanford and Harvard graduate Julián Castro, as a potential U.S. President—the Hispanic Barack Obama: “Mark McKinnon is prepared to be more... Read More
Here are excerpts from my new column. It's a long one.The Texas Board of Education has voted to include in the state’s history textbooks facts more favorable to conservatives. Needless to say, this has provoked condemnations from the national Main Stream Media. That’s because any challenge to the Left’s post-1960s dominion over the past... Read More
This Slate article "So When Will a Muslim Be President: A guide to which minority group has the best chance to win the White House" by Mark Oppenheimer is a classic example of how a certain minority group that numbers almost 50,000,000 residents of America barely features in the mental universe of the NYC-DC punditry.... Read More
The LA Times walks around a Latino neighborhood in Las Vegas and finds growing support for Obama among the multitudinous "homeowners" who have defaulted on their mortgages and are awaiting foreclosure.This helps explain a minor puzzle of recent history. As you'll recall, the 2004 exit poll initially reported that Bush had won 44% of the... Read More
Hector Becerra of the LA Times visits a high school near downtown LA that has basically no whites or blacks, and asks students and teachers "
The same days as the news of proposed government bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Washington Post runs a revealing article on how the drying up of subprime mortgages has badly hurt the advertising revenue of Spanish language radio stations in the DC area: But these days the subprime mortgage meltdown has hit... Read More
Many European readers have commented over the years on how watching television with subtitles helped them learn English.Univision is the giant of Spanish-language broadcasting in the U.S. In 2006 it was sold by Republican Italian-American billionaire Jerry Perenchio to a consortium headed by Democratic Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban for $13.7 billion. Perenchio was the chief... Read More
When McCain and Obama were Hispandering recently, Audacious Epigone got sick of hearing from the innumerate media about how important immigrant ethnic groups are in key swing states in the Presidential election. So, he sat down and crunched the numbers from the Obama v. McCain polls summarized at the CNN election center website. It turns... Read More
Over on the blog, I have a post up on the new Gallup poll results of whom Latino voters favor in November.My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
My full length article comparing Hispanics to blacks is now up at American Conservative:Is Brown the New Black:Assimilating Hispanics into the Politics of VictimhoodOne reason the black-Hispanic relationship is poorly understood is that class intersects with ethnicity in complex ways. At the bottom of society, among prison and street gangs, race rules. In the Los... Read More
Here's an excerpt from my new article in The American Conservative on relations between blacks and Hispanics: The slugfest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in which only the most painstaking analyst can discern any disagreement over policy, highlights the ancient yet growing importance of ethnic identity in politics. The race didn't start out that... Read More
USA Today reports:The U.S. population will soar to 438 million by 2050 and the Hispanic population will triple, according to projections released Monday by the Pew Research Center. The latest projections by the non-partisan research group are higher than government estimates to date and paint a portrait of an America dramatically different from today's.The projected... Read More
The Washington Post reports on the latest Latin American trend from El Alto, a poor suburb of 650,000 at 13,300 feet, well above Bolivia's capital, the whimsically named La Paz.But first, I can't resist digressing on La Paz's social topography. In contrast to many cities, such as Los Angeles, where the rich live in the... Read More
After the giant illegal alien marches in the spring of 2006, the mainstream media confidently predicted that Hispanics would turn out in vast numbers at the polls last November. Well, the Census Bureau's gold-standard estimate of the Hispanic share of the vote in the last election (based on its survey of 153,000 respondents) is now... Read More
Michael Barone and friends like to argue that Hispanics are the new Italians, that Latinos will follow the path into the middle class blazed by Italians Real Soon Now. This might be a more persuasive argument if there hadn't been sizable Hispanic populations in America for 160 years now. While heavily Italian New Jersey continues... Read More
The Mainstream Media has finally noticed what has been reporting for years: the constant incursions by Mexican military units into American territory, typically while guarding drug and immigrant smugglers. By one estimate, the Mexican military has violated our largely unfenced border 231 times in the last decade. [Reports Cite Incursions on U.S. Border, By... Read More
For several years, we have been pointing out that, despite rosy predictions that Latin American immigrants are "natural Republicans," a mighty storm is brewing in Latin America—and that it will eventually reach the U.S. Recently, even the Mainstream Media [MSM] has started to notice thatsomething is going on down south. In "Indian movement seeks 'to... Read More
"Latino Power" trumpets the cover of Newsweek. It features thenewly-elected Los Angeles mayor, leftwing Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, flashing his charismatic smile while cavorting on the beach. Newsweek's macho subhead: “A new mayor in L.A. A decisive showing in '04. Latinos are making their mark on politics as never before. Get used to it.” But last... Read More
In June of 2003, the much-quoted neoconservative pundit Michael Barone claimed: "… Hispanic immigrants are the fastest-growing andpolitically most fluid segment of the electorate. They were 7 percent of voters in 2000 and could be 9 percent in 2004, most of them in big states." Oh yeah? Before I reveal what the new federal data... Read More
The recent movie A Day Without A Mexican asks the interestingquestion: What would happen if California's twelve million Hispanicssuddenly disappeared? Some slapstick satire ensues as the state's remaining whites, blacks, and Asians try (and fail) to pick their own oranges, wash their own cars, and care for their own children. Yet the plot makes the... Read More
California lawyer Nicolas C. Vaca got his start as an ethnic activist by listening to Malcolm X lecture at Berkeley in 1963. But by the end of the 1960s, Vaca had discovered that, in the civil rights struggle, all minorities are equal, but one minority is more equalthan others: "Before arriving in Washington I expected... Read More
I have a bet for famed neoconservative pundit and television personality Michael Barone. He has a new book out that's barelylonger than its title: Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation's Future. In it, Barone comes out strongly—you'll be amazed to learn—forcompetition and against coddling. He blames the "Soft"... Read More
To celebrate its 25 anniversary, American Demographics magazine asked various marketing research gurus to list both their accurate predictions (yawn) and their biggest mistakes (interesting). Youth culture trend spotter Irma Zandl offered the most intriguing badprediction – not because she alone messed up, but because she had the guts to admit a mistake that has... Read More
Last spring, the Pew and Kaiser foundations teamed up to ask Hispanic, white, and black registered voters a long series of intriguing questions. The results were finally released earlier this month. They immediately got the big spin, with much of the media rushing to frame the results according to Karl Rove's storyline – that Republicans... Read More
We have been told for years by “conservative” immigration enthusiasts that Hispanics are natural cultural conservatives who will—Real Soon Now—flock to the electoral aid of the Republican Party in its culture war with liberals. The current gubernatorial primary campaign in California is providing more evidence that this is w-r-o-n-g. Former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan is... Read More
"Well, well, shrill racism is surfacing throughout the country. It has been since the attack on September … With the exceptions of a single Chinese immigrant woman and one Cuban immigrant … these anti-Mexican fanatics are generally white males. Their profound hatred for Mexicans is hard to explain, though manifested everywhere. What makes a white... Read More
Pondering Patterson Series [ I ], [ II ], [ IV ], [ V ], [ VI ] How did the Census come up with this claim that 48% of Hispanics in America were white? Problem One: although the Census form provided checkboxes for 14different races, including "Guamanian or Chamorro," it did not mention either... Read More
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Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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