END RACIST SCHOLARSHIP! DEMAND A PUBLIC APOLOGY TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY BY JASON RICHWINE AND HIS HARVARD DISSERTATION COMMITTEE!
  • Petitioned Dr. George J. Borjas

This petition was delivered to:

Harvard University
Dr. George J. Borjas
Harvard University
Dr. Christopher Jencks
Harvard University
Dr. Richard J. Zeckhauser
Senior IRB Administrator
Fanny Ennever
Jason Richwine

END RACIST SCHOLARSHIP! DEMAND A PUBLIC APOLOGY TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY BY JASON RICHWINE AND HIS HARVARD DISSERTATION COMMITTEE!

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      Researchers and Critical Educators

INTRODUCTION
Jason Richwine in his capacity as a Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation, co-authored a controversial report arguing that immigration reform will cost about 6.3 trillion more in benefits than the country can collect from undocumented immigrants in taxes, attributing the gap to lack of human capital while cynically noting that the cost would be lower if the workers remain undocumented as this would keep them from accessing public benefits.

In his Heritage report, Richwine builds on the same arguments found in his 2009 doctoral dissertation, “IQ and Immigration”, from Harvard University. Based on outdated and repudiated research and methods, which we consider irresponsible and racist, the dissertation argues:

“Hispanic immigrants and their children have a low average IQ, which prevents the second generation from achieving equality with the native majority. Parental expectations for their children are not met, because they cannot be, given the level of intelligence present in the community.”

This kind of pseudo-science disguised as “scientific scholarship”, employs deficit reasoning that positions ethnic “minorities” and the working class as deficient rather than viewing people in dignified ways. We believe that, while respecting academic freedom, Harvard University needs to apply stricter criteria in assessing not just the merits of scholarship but weigh its ideological content and effect.  To note, we believe in the value of intellectual freedom, but not in patently racist research founded on eugenicist ideas.

OUR DEMANDS
WE DEMAND A PUBLIC APOLOGY TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY BY JASON RICHWINE AND HIS DISSERTATION COMMITTEE, DR. GEORGE J. BORJAS, DR. RICHARD J. ZECKHAUSER, AND DR. CHRISTOPHER JENCKS.

WE DEMAND HARVARD UNIVERSITY CHANGE ITS RESEARCH POLICIES.

HOW I CAN SUPPORT THIS CAUSE
Support this cause by signing on to this online petition and help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures. We call on all progressive scholars, community members, educators and students, to denounce this kind of work and pressure universities so that they are responsible in their research.

You can contact directly members of Jason Richwine’s committee, who we believe are just as responsible for this kind of scholarship as Jason Richwine, and Harvard’s Institutional Review Board.

Dissertation committee:
George J. Borjas, gborjas@harvard.edu, 617-495-1393
Richard J. Zeckhauser, richard_zeckhauser@harvard.edu, 617-495-1174
Christopher JenCks, christopher_jencks@harvard.edu, 617-495-0546

Harvard University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB):
Fanny Ennever, Senior IRB Administrator, fennever@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1775

Organizational Endorsements of This Campaign:
Send organizational endorsements of this online petition campaign to RACE.organization@gmail.com

Access Jason Richwine’s dissertation:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/jason-richwine-dissertation_n_3240168.html

To:
Dr. George J. Borjas, Harvard University
Dr. Christopher Jencks, Harvard University
Dr. Richard J. Zeckhauser, Harvard University
Fanny Ennever, Senior IRB Administrator
Jason Richwine
PUBLIC APOLOGY TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY; CHANGE RESEARCH POLICIES at HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Lizely Gonzalez EL PASO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Level of Stupidity of Harvard people!

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    • Cherie Moraga OXNARD, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am Hispanic and Spanish was my primary language, but I also graduated from Stanford with Honors in 1969. Being bicultural and bilingual definitely strengthened my intellectual growth as it has my Mexican-born daughters who are now highly successful professionals---one as an artist the other in the financial corporate world here in the States.

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    • Juan Orozco SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Becuase this is research is unfounded since its racist and bias.

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    • Cynthia Doane VENTURA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      The name "Harvard" is used to give credence to works supposedly done to a high standard and level of scrutiny. This racist research exposes the lack of true scholarship and "quality control" that actually takes place in our institutuions of "higher learning," or at least at Harvard!

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    • David Meyerhof BURBANK, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      It's a repeat of Shockley did in the 60s. I thought Harvard was against racism. Am I wrong?

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