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Michelle Malkin: ‘Immigrant IQ Deficit That Appears to Persist Among Hispanic Immigrants’ Should be Studied

In the wake of the Heritage Foundation immigration study scandal and the ensuing resignation of the study’s controversial co-author Jason Richwine, several conservative voices, including Rush Limbaugh, have defended the previous writings of Richwine; writings which many view to be racist.

Writing in her blog on Thursday, conservative columnist, author, and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin gave what is probably the most straight-forward defense yet of Richwine’s thesis, which claims that immigrant Hispanics possess lower IQs than American citizens.

Malkin sees the rebuke of Richwine to be a form of “character assassination” which stems from a perceived culture of political correctness, rather than a legitimate rejection of pseudo-science based in unsubstantiated racial theories.

In her rather eye-opening defense of Richwine’s work, Malkin claimed that he was simply exploring “the causes of an immigrant IQ deficit that appears to persist among Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. through several generations.”

“The willingness of Republican Gang of 8’ers to allow a young conservative researcher and married father of two to be strung up by the p.c. lynch mob for the crime of unflinching social science research is chilling, sickening, and suicidal,” Malkin wrote. “These are serious people doing serious work. The crucifiers of Jason Richwine pretend to defend sound science. But if it is now inherently racist to study racial and ethnic differences among demographic groups, then it’s time to shut down every social sciences department in the country.”

Malkin has a history of questionable views in regards to race relations and cultural commentary. Many of her views about policy towards Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks have been seen as bigoted.  In 2004, she wrote a widely criticized book entitled “In Defense of Internment,” which defended the U.S.’s internment of Japanese Americans in relocation camps during WWII, and argued the policy should be considered for Arab Americans as a response to 9/11.

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  1. Bob Cull

    May 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I wonder what she would day if someone issued a “study” that indicated that Filipino immigrants and all of their offspring for the foreseeable future appear to have a significantly lower IQ than native born Caucasian Americans. Would she still be singing the same tune?

  2. mehe00

    May 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Must be nice to be a part of the class that walks around nose in the air like they continually smell something bad, acting as If they belong to the “superior” race, whatever that is.

  3. William Carr (@Jkirk3279)

    May 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    You pitiful bitch. IQ tests are notorious for being skewed by cultural and language barriers.

    I bet if we gave you an IQ test in Mandarin you’d blow it entirely.

    Get the point, now ?

    Hispanics in our country start off not speaking English well; that hurts on the IQ scale.

    And the second generation is usually quite poor, which means lower nutrition, and THAT hurts IQ results too.

  4. alex

    May 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Does she know that she’s Filipino? And does she know that at least 25% of the people she hangs out with probably think she’s Hispanic? Because that happens all the time. Does she think she’s White? And I say this term with endearment- her parents are FOBs. She’s a first generation Fil-Am. She has to have SOME idea of what it’s like for immigrants. She has to have SOME idea of what it’s like to check the “Other” box. I can’t believe she has zero empathy for these people.

  5. carl

    May 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Filipinos are Hispanic.

  6. Ben

    May 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    First generation American. From Guatemalan parents. And I’m an aerospace engineer. Let’s see that bitch do a flux integral. Her stupid little head would explode if she learned half the shit me and my fellow hispanic engineers know.

  7. Cman

    May 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Let’s say that she is right, I’m a not saying she is but just for arguments sake, let’s say she is. What does that have any thing to do with the price of tea in China? It just proves that people that are willing to do hard labor work that most Americans are not willing or flat out won’t do are coming to this country to fill those jobs because companies here don’t have to pay a living wage. Force companies to pay a living wage regardless of the work then you have Americans getting off their rears and going out and working for a living. But that’s not the point either. The point is that the Teapublicans are going beyond classism and racism, now if you are not up to snuff with your IQ you are not welcome in this country. How long before they start doing what Castro did and start sending American citizens away by force because they are not scoring well enough on some IQ test. Las Vegas already admitted it and other large cities are shipping out the undesirables with one way bus tickets.

  8. catseternal

    May 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Quite true. I read where around the turn of the previous century, it was noticed that lower-income kids were starting to do well in IQ tests. So questions pertaining to tennis, polo, and other sports that lower income people are less likely to be involved in were added, and then order was restored to the universe, at least for a while.

  9. catseternal

    May 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I think Malkin’s views are interesting in an ironic sort of way. I had always heard that Filipinos had the reputation of being resourceful, fun-loving and hard-working as hell. (Seems to be true of the ones I know personally.) And all the ones I’ve known seem to be prejudiced against the Japanese, which goes back to WWII. The Japanese were interned in America, a shameful travesty of American ideals, and probably involved a plan by powerful Californians to expropriate the property which the Japanese had managed to acquire by the immigrant ideal of hard work. But the Filipinos were tortured and slaughtered by the Japanese. Not that this excuses Malkin’s general bigotry–it is a pity that the troubles she went through did absolutely nothing to soften her views of everybody who isn’t a Christian conservative.

  10. Eldergothfather

    May 12, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This person? This is the person who would defend a bigoted study on IQ when she can’t muster the intelligence to not be on Fox News?

  11. Carl Reese

    May 12, 2013 at 1:35 am

    She is nothing but an “anchor baby” for her immigrant parents who entered the USA with this low IQ idiot in utero.

  12. Oak Cliff Townie

    May 12, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I am a progressive I am A TEXAS DEMOCRAT My status as a Middle age White Male allows me to observe non progressive White males from behind the curtain so to speak . I wonder if Michelle Malkin realizes and comprehends exactly what the culture will look like if the same folks she is so strongly supports get their perfect world .She isn’t White and worst she is a woman she will be fortunate to find employment as a Holiday Inn chamber Maid ?

  13. Bill

    May 12, 2013 at 3:51 am

    She probably would, she is Vietnamese

  14. The surreal McCoy

    May 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

    @Bob – native born Caucasian Americans – you mean the offspring of European immigrants yes?

  15. Megan Blinov

    May 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    #1 I wish “Heritage” was not in a name associated with this work.
    #2 Any decent Social Science researcher
    should be more likely to have a paper
    under their belt with regard to biases in
    standardized tests and how “statistic” numbers can be and are manipulated to give an impression of a particular result.
    Not this blatant misrepresentation of

  16. Bob Cull

    May 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    No Bill, she’s Filipina. Her parents were immigrants from there.

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  18. Amado Guerrero

    May 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Good thing that Michele Malkin’s parents immigrated from the Philippines. Their leaving the Philippines raised the IQ of that country,

  19. Amado Guerrero

    May 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    When they left the Philippines, the average IQ there instantaneously went up.

  20. marecek

    May 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

    What should be studied is why so many CITIZENS have such a low IQ that they take serious the nonsense spewed by media whores like Malkin.

  21. Vivek

    May 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

    The real Michelle Malkin was kidnapped, and replaced with a VDare(KKK org) drone surgically altered to look like her. She’s really all-white underneath that plastic Filipina exterior.

  22. John Alexander Harman

    May 24, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I’ve never heard any suggestion of lower IQ among Asian immigrants — indeed, the stereotype is quite the opposite — but Malkin’s doing her best to drag down the average.

  23. Bob Cull

    May 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Actually she is attacking her own heritage. As a Filipina, her heritage is Polynesian-Hispanic. I guess maybe she has a point now that I think of it, her Hispanic side must be dragging down her intelligence.

  24. Buffy

    May 26, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Who is this cunt? She must be on a TV network that I never watch

  25. Bob Cull

    May 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Faux News, Buffy. They think she’s a genius!

  26. Mike

    May 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Not any more than Vietnamese are French. Not everyone in a colony situation shares the same ethnicity. Filipinos are Asians and Pacific Islanders.

  27. Justin Town

    June 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    poor nutrition and language barriers never resulted in a low collective IQ of the Jews…even when herded into concentration camps.

  28. Justin Town

    June 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    …and there have been plenty poor whites in history, even white immigrants that did NOT speak English…compare the IQ’s of Eastern European, Greek, French, Irish, German immigrants past and present to “hispanic” immigrants and I’ll bet you find a vast difference in scores…I challenge anyone to take the study that far! lol

  29. Justin Town

    June 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    You speak like a truck driver…aerospace engineer indeed. lol

  30. Momona808

    June 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I am an Asian American and Michelle, I gotta tell you, just because you let a white dude ball you and you changed your name to Malkin from Maglalang when you got married, people don’t think you’re white. You’re still the flip immigrant who got crap for brains. The only person who thinks you’re white is you. And the Republicans really do hate you no matter what crap you spout. Really, no matter what you say, you’re never going to be white and American enough for them.

    Give it up.

  31. Wayne E. Zitkus

    June 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    The biggest IQ deficit there is exists between Michelle Malkin’s ears.

  32. Heather

    July 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    love it
    my stepson was recruited by NASA at 15, 6 months after he arrived as an immigrant. so proud to have sponsored him.

  33. Heather

    July 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    you apparently don’t know many engineers.

  34. Heather

    July 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm


  35. Heather

    July 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    bezackly, as my daughter would say when she was 4…

  36. Guido Andrade

    July 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Interesting, I am a Latino Engineer, sorry but my low IQ doesn’t let me understand how someone can come out with this type of crap.

  37. Pat McIntyre

    July 29, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I always knew it but this confirms it….When Rush Limbaugh called this ASIAN LADY a ” slut and a whore”…..she is the most hated woman in Colorado Springs where she lives. Her big mouth is not appreciated throughout the City.
    She and Hannity have a thing “GOING”. People from Mexico have Class/she is pure TRASH…………disgusting American.

  38. catseternal

    July 30, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I’d rather read Juno Diaz or Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Jorge Luis Borges than Malkin.

  39. Mario Cazares

    August 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

    She deserves to be shot & horsewhipped.I can’t believe this bitch has sided with the KKK,well from the sound of her anyway..Unsure what this fool is thinking but the number of bigots in white America is dwindling as the years go on & those that are left will take one look at her & just give one big “HELL NO”.Bigots may still be around but they’re a dying breed.If she had an IQ she would have realized that & took her ass back to the Islands.

  40. E.B. Johnson

    August 4, 2013 at 4:06 am

    when I listen to the likes of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio she might be on to something

  41. Sean T Gallagher

    August 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    good point

  42. james

    August 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    what is truly sad as much as she wants to fit in with the crowd she wants to be a part of. but fails to realize once she is done serving what purpose it is. the group she wants to belong to will drop her like a bad habit. whats next eugenics? that study done in the early 1900’s was flawed and again alot of cultural bias which leaned heavily on protestant saxons. anyone remember prohibition ie the 21st amendment? was it truly about making america free from the demons of alcohol abuse or was it just a sham and a slam against those cultures who use wine and alcohol in thiers with the mentality of my culture is superior to yours who passed it. only to see it go bye bye during the time of the great depression.

  43. Randall E. Winn

    August 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Whenever someone starting talking about how one race in inherently superior to another, I keep hearing the great Spike Jones singing “Der Feuhrer’s Face”

  44. cuba54

    August 23, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Michelle Malkin – the Gook who makes me pike

  45. cuba54

    August 23, 2013 at 1:55 am


  46. Gregg

    August 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    My daughter is a first generation immigrant’s child from the Dominican Republic. She is far from having a low IQ, she works for the state is in grad school and is a very kind and INTELLIGENT human being. Malkin get a life!!

  47. Karen

    August 29, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Gregg, Bashing people IS her life.

  48. elmo

    August 31, 2013 at 5:28 am

    She’s bought and paid for by the Kochsuker bros. She’s a bigots bigot…..

  49. Norven Real

    September 3, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I don’t know but I do know that would be in line with their view on minorities period! Oops, that’s right, she’s a minority! Yikes,crazy eyes is crazy for real…

  50. Ian

    September 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Malkin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Philippine citizens Rafaela (née Perez) – a homemaker and teacher – and Apolo DeCastro Maglalang, who was then a physician-in-training. Several months prior to Malkin’s birth, her parents had immigrated to the United States.

    So, does that make her an “anchor baby”..?

  51. Cow Man

    September 3, 2013 at 5:31 am

    No. Those Jews were murdered. You sound like a inbred hick with your ignorance.

  52. Mark Gruben

    September 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Every time Michelle Malkin opens her mouth, it puts me in mind of the image of a covered wagon, out-of-control, careening down the hill in some old Western movie. You know there are people inside, terrified but trapped, along with about a half-ton of loose gear, and the wagon continues to gain speed and to roll even more catastrophically each second……and you know that it is certainly going to end in a very ugly scene. She starts talking and doesn’t stop, even when she realizes that she’s already said way, WAY too much, and she can’t even apologize because she doesn’t know what she’s said, or who she she has offended, or how badly. Then she gets that deer-in-the-headlights look and the announcer says something like, “Thank you, Michelle; always great to have you on our show. Irv, how about one last look at weather before we go to station break?”

  53. tavdy79

    September 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    This is dangerous territory for Malkin. After all, she’s a conservative, and studies have already shown that social and economic conservatism are linked to generally lower IQs. What’s not yet known is whether IQs are actively lowered by the propaganda coming out of media groups like Faux News, or people with low IQs are particularly vulnerable to that particular type of brainwashing. There could be a kind of self-reinforcing loop in play, of course. And there’s absolutely no doubt that responsible and caring parents can easily protect their children from people like Malkin, by ensuring that they teach their kids how to think, rather than what to think.

  54. abenirex

    September 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry, but I believe she has some trauma, because although she is philippino, her surnames are Spanish. Furthermore, with the remnants of the Spanish tradition in her culture, and her having lived in the United States, her name was changed from De Castro to Maglalang. Her father’s name was Apolo De Castro Maglalang, and her mother is (or was) Rafaela Perez. She could very well be embarrassed of her Spanish-philippino mix due to the colonial sentiment of her ancestors also.

  55. James M Gomes

    September 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Wrong. She’s a Fillipino Anchor baby.

  56. Robert

    September 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    How can we get someone with the cojones to speak of what you mention on main street media? But, if we did that we would be stooping to their level. You are exactly right! She would flip out if someone actually put out in the media that Filipinos had lower IQs than native born Caucasian Americans!

  57. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Yes, it does.

    Malkin is a conservative bomb-thrower in the mold of Ann Coulter; but while Coulter exemplifies the Aryan ‘ideal’ Malkin is trotted out as the token minority who is only on Faux because she will say whatever they want, is only an ‘author’ because she writes crap that conservative publishers churn out for the ignorant teatard masses (but I repeat myself).

    She hypocritically rants about anchor babies while being one herself. Such self-loathing would be sad and pathetic if she were not so vile and dishonest.

  58. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Don’t be retarded.

  59. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Yeah, because most truck drivers know what a flux integral even is.

    In case you wonder yourself:

    I, myself, test out in the 99.9th percentile on IQ tests… Those of us ‘up there’ in IQ find it easier to deal with most folks if we use colloquialism as it is frustrating trying to deal with the stupid and the ignorant on our level where they tend to flounder. Kind of like trying to teach a pig to read… it wastes your time and just annoys the pig.

    Also these forums are very casual places… no one is writing formal dissertations here.

    Do, please, get a clue.

  60. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Or a ‘comfort woman’…

    Honestly that is about the only job I find her qualified for.

  61. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    By Faux Noise standards a paramecium is a genius…

  62. Neal Feldman

    September 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm


    My take is the latter… that stupid and ignorant folks are drawn to the oversimplification and manipulation of conservatism.

    And on Bullsh!t Mountain there is most assuredly a proven echo chamber and the lack of critical thinking (and anything even approaching ‘journalism’) allows them to present their lies as ‘truth’ with their constant ‘some people say’ nonsense.

    Faux Noise and Squawk Radio are nothing but a joke these days… it is teatards on parade. Their BS has been laid bare for all to see.

  63. Carla Kelly

    September 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Bigotry is such a conundrum. I faced my own when my son’s friend, the 13-year-old son of a black professional football player, pointedly asked me if I thought that blacks (ere athletically superior to whites. We both knew the skewed percentages, the self-evident answer. After a rather long pause, I replied “Perhaps. But I mostly think that they just try harder.”

    In reality, I think that the powerful, shorter leg of most Caucasians probably evolved from war and heavy work. The African’s long thighs and thin shins are a prescription for speed and jumping–very different kinds of limbs.

    I was almost right, maybe. The races do differ–some quite a bit. These general physical dissimilarities can be quantified. So, yes, I believe that we have differences from one another–and that they should be cherished and celebrated, combined in endless fashion to strengthen the species.

  64. Nathan

    September 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

    If the Devil made the same remarks about IQ ole gal would defend him too.

  65. Patrick Springman

    September 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Being a Conservative myself, I find myself feeling disgusted by the comments of the Malkins, Coulters and Limbaugh’s. FOX news is my primary source for news, but I feel embarrassed when the EXTREMIST contributors spout their views. They make ALL Conservatives look bad, when MOST of us despise them!

  66. Rusina

    November 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Meanwhile none of the white Americans in this video know what Washington DC stands for!
    (and some of them are actually university students)

    You know what is even more ironic??? Hispanic is not even a race!!!

    Uruguay and Argentina are Hispanic countries and percentage wise they are actually whiter than America.

    America: 63% white
    Argentina: 75% white
    Uruguay: 92% white (the whitest country in the Americas)

    Then you have Hispanic countries like the Dominican republic where most of the population is black African descent.

    Then you have Mexico populated vastly by indigenous of the Americans or people mixed with it (basically the red Amerindian)

    Then you have the EUROPEAN COUNTRY OF SPAIN who is also Hispanic, and they are all white/western European Caucasians.

    Hispanic simply means you come from a country in which Spanish is spoken, nothing more, grouping everyone who comes from a Spanish speaking country and saying their IQ is lower, is like grouping people worldwide who speaks English and then claim they’re all fat, racist and stupid, regardless of their origin, Socioeconomic situation, race etc.

    I am actually almost convinced it’s Americans in general THE ONES who are inherently DUMB!!!

  67. Neats

    November 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Oh Michelle, you are so right. Let’s prohibit the immigration of Hispanics and Latino’s because of their “inherent deficiency”. Of course then we need to prohibit the immigration of persons of Asian decent because they are all bad drivers, need glasses and dental work to fix their buck teeth.

    Oh Michelle, you are so right.

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