Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GOP Florida Hispanic Outreach Director Turns Democrat After False Lower IQ Report About Latinos Cited

Pablo Pantoja

Florida's GOP state director of Hispanic Outreach resigns and then turns Democrat.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 15, 2013

Florida - On Monday, Pablo Pantoja, who recently held the position of state director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee abrupty resigned and decided to become a Democrat. He cited that the Heritage Foundation report co-authored by Jason Richwine claiming that new Hispanic immigrants had lower IQ's than the U.S. born white population was false. Since, Richwine's assertions were made public, the Heritage Foundation has distant itself from Richwine's report.
In a released letter, Pantoja stated, "Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party...
"A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that "the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ." The researcher reinforces these views by saying "No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."
"The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable...The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality...When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.
"...Regardless of what political affiliation people choose, my respect for some remains. I don't expect all Hispanics to do the same (although I would hope so) but I'm taking a stand against this culture of intolerance," Pantoja, a proud Puerto Rican of his heritage wrote.
More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Jim DeMint, President of the Heritage Foundation to resign after an "economic study" funded by the foundation claimed new Hispanic immigrants had lower IQ's than the U.S. born population. The study was viewed as demeaning and racist, which drove the Organize Credo Action dot com to create the petition drive against Heritage. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement posted on Facebook that 6,600 pink slips requesting for DeMint to resign or get fired were delivered to Heritage.

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