Ann Coulter and Her Libel of Latino Family Values

Cafe Con Leche RepublicansIn her latest insult to Latinos, Ann Coulter claims Latinos don’t have the family values which long have been part of Latin American culture.

The “facts” Ann Coulter cites are either blatantly untrue, or she cherry picks facts in isolation of other relevant facts, favorite tactics of her accomplices Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald. Murray, notorious as a cross burner, is also the author of the book “The Bell Curve”, which claims whites have higher IQs than minorities and will remain that way, which has attracted criticism from other researchers and others who claim Murray massaged his data, just as he massaged the statistics Ann Coulter now uses!

Lie #1 – Ann Coulter Claims Immigrants Don’t Assimilate

Through out her op-eds, Coulter emphasizes Nativist claims that immigrants, especially from third world nations, don’t assimilate, drop out of high school, become dependent upon welfare, commit crime, vote Democrat, etc. Nativists always bitterly complain about the 1965 immigration reforms, which eliminated blatantly racist per-country quotas dating from the 1920s that were intended to bar non-European immigration altogether, and severely restrict immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe.

Not surprisingly, eliminating the 1920s immigration quotas has allowed many more non-Europeans to immigrate legally to the U.S. This chart, from a scholarly paper, compares immigrants in 1980 and children of immigrants in 2005 to native born whites in: high school completion (HS+), college completion (BA+), high earning occupation, above poverty level, and lastly home ownership.

Intergenerational Mobility - Latinos

Intergenerational legendIn every single category, Latinos show dramatic improvement from the first generation in 1980 to the second generation in 2005! Over 90% of the children of immigrants live above the poverty line, almost equal to white native-born Americans, hardly evidence of a permanent underclass that Ann Coulter and her fellow Nativists constantly whine about.

Lie #2 -Hispanics Don’t Work Harder

Ann Coulter wrote: “Hispanics actually work about the same as others, or, in the case of Hispanic women, less.” Charles Murray selected the 30-44 age group to make this claim, but the median age for Hispanics is 27. Raoul Lowery Contreras debunked that in his recent op-ed “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2012 Labor Participation Rates for men 20 and over are—Hispanics 81.7% and non-Hispanic Whites only 73.9%. Murray purposefully excludes a huge working cohort of the 18-29 age group to make Hispanics look bad.”

Lie #3 – “Hispanics are less likely to be married.”

47.8% of Hispanics are married versus 51.4% in general, a 3.6% difference. 56.2% of Hispanic immigrants are married , and 38.8% for native born Hispanics. What Murray and Ann Coulter don’t tell you is that Hispanics, especially native-born Hispanics, are much younger than our general population. The median age for Hispanics is 27, versus 42 for whites, 32 for blacks, and 35 for Asians. Hispanic couples are also more likely to marry after having an illegitimate child, and fewer Hispanics are divorced (8.9%) than for whites (12.2%), or blacks (12.9%).

Lie #4 – Hispanics are “less likely to go to church.”

According to Pew Research, 68% of Hispanics say religion is important in their lives (60% for whites), and 44% attend church weekly (40% for whites). Among evangelical Hispanics, the fastest growing religious grouping among Hispanics, the same statistics are 85% and 70%.

Hispanics Religion

Lie #5 – Hispanics are “less likely to call themselves “conservative” than other Americans. “

According to Pew Research, 34% of the general population describe themselves as “conservative” versus 32% of Hispanics, but 35% of Hispanic immigrants describe themselves as “conservative.” Young adults usually are more liberal in their views, and since Hispanics are a young demographic with a median age of 27, we can expect Hispanics to trend conservative in their views. Technically she’s right about Hispanic self-identification as conservatives, but 2% is not significant. These small gaps in self-identification don’t explain the 50% or so margin of victory for Obama this election, as Ann Coulter would have us believe!

Hispanic political viewsLie #6 – “In 1980, Hispanics were only 2 percent of the population,…”

As Raoul Lowery Contreras pointed out, “According to the Census, 6.4% of the 1980 American population was Hispanic“, not 2%. Anybody who can Google can find that statistic in seconds. Another lie!

Lie #7 – “More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate.”

Ann Coulter then adds insult to injury with her most egregious lies “More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate. As Heather MacDonald has shown, the birthrate of Hispanic women is twice that of the rest of the population, and their unwed birthrate is one and a half times that of blacks. That’s a lot of government dependents coming down the pike.”

Unwed birthrates for all native born are 41.4%. According to Pew Research, Hispanic unwed birthrates are 45.1%, and the rate for blacks is 71.4%. Ann Coulter claimed the Hispanic unwed birthrate is over half, and the unwed birth rate for Hispanics is 1-1/2 times that of blacks. CDC says 53% preliminary data for 2011, somewhat higher than Pew’s stats based on 2009 data, but even 53% is barely half, and far less than CDC’s 72.5% unwed birthrate for blacks.

Nativists like to pick on Hispanic immigrants, but their unwed birthrate of 36.3% is 5% less than native born Americans (41.4%).

Fertility in the past year by marital status, race, and ethnicity

Fertility in the past year by marital status, race, and ethnicity

Pew Research reports that 8.1% of Hispanic women gave birth in the past year, as compared to 6.5% overall, 5.9% for white women, 7.0% for blacks, and 6.4% for Asians. Birth rates for Hispanics are nowhere near twice those of blacks as Ann Coulter claims. Another lie!

Fertility in the past year by race and ethnicity

Fertility in the past year by race and ethnicity

Ann Coulter would like you to think birthrates among Hispanics are due to their third world origin, but in truth the reason birthrates among Hispanics are higher is simply that Hispanics are much younger, and younger women are more fertile. This chart shows the population distribution by age, and clearly Hispanics, especially native born Hispanics, are a very young demographic.

Age and Gender Distributions for Race Ethnicity and Nativity Groups 2010

Summary

Ann Coulter, with help from her accomplices Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald, has libeled Latinos, the large majority of whom are immigrants or 1-2 generations removed. Republicans should receive many more votes from Latinos, but rhetoric from conservatives like Ann Coulter are alienating many Latinos from the Republican Party. Ann Coulter’s ignorance on Latinos and her insulting, inflammatory rhetoric, are a prime example why many conservative Latinos hold their nose and vote Democrat. President George W. Bush proved that Latinos will vote for GOP candidates with engagement and a positive message. This chart from Resurgent Republic proves the value of outreach, and also proves what happens after several years of shrill rhetoric about immigration and Hispanics.

Latino Voting Patterns 1976-2012, from Resurgent Republicn

Latino Voting Patterns

Conclusion

The Republican Party needs to change course or we shall go the way of the Whig Party. Ann Coulter and other Navists who hold themselves out as Republicans even as they ignore the values of the Party of Lincoln, are a huge liability. We will continue to call out Ann Coulter and anyone else who trashes Hispanics or other New Americans in such a shameful manner.

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Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.

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Discuss: “Ann Coulter and Her Libel of Latino Family Values”

  1. December 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Another great thread, Bob Quasius!!!!

    It’s absolutely fascinating, Bob, that the Republican Party appears to embrace Ann Coulter and other Navists – at the expense – of Latinos!!!!

    WHY, Bob, does it appear to you that the Republican Party appears to REFUSE to deal with Ann Coulter and other Navists who consistantly give Hispanics a hard time?

    Just askin’

    Robert Allen

    Posted by boba123
    • December 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

      Ann Coulter is not the face of the GOP. She holds no official position, and her antics are becoming so outrageous that I believe future presidential candidates will keep their distance from her. The GOP knows it has to improve engagement and messaging with Hispanics or go the way of the Whigs.

      Posted by bquasius
  2. December 21, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I am a Democrat, but I laugh as the GOP lets this troll run her mouth. Great way to drive away the fastest-growing ethnic group.

    Posted by motik70
    • December 22, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      That’s why we make a point of calling Ann Coulter out for her incredibly ignorant remarks about Hispanics. It’s important to make clear that she doesn’t speak for conservatives!

      Posted by bquasius
      • December 22, 2012 at 11:54 am #

        Bob and Motik70 – I don’t believe that it is the Liberals that trout Ann out to run her nonsense out of her mouth!!! SO, unfortunately, either Ann trouts herself out – without any help from any other person or group – OR – some conservatives – trout Ann out to run out her mouth !!!!

        NOW WHY – would conservatives – trout Ann out – to run at the mouth ???? COULD it be – that a LOT of conservatives – just DON’T like Hispanics ???
        My guess – IS that there ARE a LOT of conservatives – who just DON’T like Hispanics !!!!

        THAT – of course DOESN’T give Ann the right to run off at her mouth – it JUST PAYS FOR – Ann running off at the mouth !!!!

        Follow the money – and you’ll find – Ann – running off at her mouth!!!

        Just sayin’

        Robert Allen

        Posted by boba123
  3. December 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Ann Coulter is the base of the republican party. Latinos are not, they are the fringe, and truth be told, they would rather not have any Latinos. You display charts and graphs to counter ANN COULTER’s message EL Tippingio pointo– how insulting is that for you??? An article where you probably spent hours if not days putting together? As a democrat, I would have told you she is not worth your time. I wouldn’t read anything she writes, because its mostly hate, and its nonsense to boot. But the majority of republicans like and support and agree with her. So, what offended me was the line about holding your nose and voting democratic. that pisses me off. The republican party is the party of hate, and exclusion( as seen my one their more vocal advocates). the democratic party is the party of reason and inclusion. 2nd graders know that. so F U for the holding my nose bit– go suck an egg!

    Posted by Elsa
    • December 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      …and your source for this comment?

      But the majority of republicans like and support and agree with her.

      Don’t presume that because you’re a Democrat you know more about Republicans than a group of Republicans. You don’t.

      Shrill rhetoric from people like Ann Coulter is only part of the problem.

      Race baiting by Democrats is another, and when Republicans don’t engage much with minorities, most messaging minorities receive is rhetoric from the Democratic Party. Ann Coulter is correct about race baiting by liberals, but then she turns around and gives liberals plenty of ammunition by making bigoted ignorant remarks like her recent smear of Hispanics.

      Ann Coulter is in the business of writing books and is showing many similarities to Lou Dobbs in his heyday, when he still had his show on CNN. She only needs a small percentage of the population to buy her books for those books to become best sellers. Lou Dobbs overplayed his hand and CNN eventually decided enough was enough and dumped him. Eventually Fox News will dump Ann Coulter if she continues.

      Posted by bquasius
      • December 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

        I don’t agree with you, Elsa, that Ann is the base of the Republican Party – because, right now with all of the chaos within the Republican Party from Mitt’s loss – I don’t think that anyone knows any more – WHAT or WHO represents the base of the Republican Party.

        The work that I see that Bob Quasius put into the start of this thread, Elsa, is mightly impressive work – and keep in mind, Elsa, that Bob IS speaking to his fellow Republicans, not Democrats, or to anyone else. Personally, although there are a number of issues that Bob and I do not agree on, I am not only impressed with the amount and degree of work that he has placed in the opening statement of this thread, I am also impressed with how consistant Bob is over a great number of threads, concerning a great number of issues, over a great deal of time. I’ve been watching Bob’s threads for months now, Elsa, and overall, asside from specific disagreements that of I with Bob on some issues, Bob impresses me with the depth of his personal integrity in the way that he approaches comments within this Blog Space.

        In my comment right before yours, Elsa, please note that I also agree with you that there appear to me to be a great number of conservatives within the Republican Party – that just DON’T like Hispanics. Look what happened in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, and California – before the recent election – of what Republicans have done to harrass and dis-enfranchise Hispanics! Is it any wonder that better than 70% of the Hispanic vote went to Obama???

        I believe, Elsa, that you may be missing what Bob Quasius is attempting to do with his opening comments of this thread. Bob is not only writing for this Blog Space, but as evidenced by the Trackbacks/Pingbacks of this and other threads within the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space, Bob is also writing for a large number of other spaces that are picking up his comments and publishing Bob’s comments elsewhere.

        Elsa, Please spend a tad of time amoung the many threads that Bob participates within in this Blog Space – and I’m sure that you will start to see that Bob is doing a great job at blogging – AND Moderating – this Blog Space.

        Just sayin’, Elsa.

        Posted by boba123
        • December 23, 2012 at 7:50 am #

          If I had all the time in the world, BobA123, I would go around and read and dispute all the craziness i read out there, but i don’t. I have a life and I would rather read things that enrich me rather than read things that are just plain insulting, and especially form people who i consider less evolved intellectually, such as Ann Coulter, RUSH Limbaugh most of FOX news and others of the same ilk– you Will agree BOB(as you seem to be a thinking and intelligent person)that there are thousands like Ann or worse under the republican umbrella. Now, tell me why would I want to be part of that crowd, BobA123? What is race baiting about pointing out the fact that 90%(a guess) or more of minorities go with the democrats. Minorities(such as I) looked at both parties and they found one to be anti immigrants, racists(no democrat needs convincing that the president is American) and just plain ill educated..(George Bush, Sarah Palin, etc…) You cannot defend this. Why do Latino’s want to be part of the Republican party?.I am really curious, and I want to understand. that’s why I read this article. And so BobA 123, Bob Quasius may be doing a tremendous service for the republican party, but in my mind he is NOT doing a service to Latinos. Not to be welcome by your own party is one thing, standing along side people who don’t think rape causes pregnancy, climate change is not real etc… is just plain dumb. So, there may be a political stance or policy that serves a minority of Latinos in the republican party what that is, I have a sense but I am not sure. As I see it, Latinos you are doing a disservice to yourselves and your kids by siding with the Republicans. It would make more sense to be yourselves rather than appendage yourselves to all this garbage of the Republican party. Create your own party and mobilize your base based on your own particular sense of values that are not associated with ignorance or hate (ie Ann Coulter)…otherwise I see you this group CCL knowingly and deliberately attaching itself to a ticking time bomb- the GOP! BobA123!

          Posted by Elsa
          • December 23, 2012 at 11:19 am #

            Bigotry knows no party lines, and studies I’ve seen show that 10% of Americans admit to a degree of antipathy towards Hispanics, and it made little difference whether they were Democrats or Republicans.

            A Pew Research poll from May 2011 found approximately 60% of Republicans, including a 49%/49% split of staunch conservatives, support immigration reform including a path to legalization, not much different than the 72% of the general public that supports immigration reform. Personal accountability, rule of law, etc. are core Republican values, and support for more immigration enforcement is more heavily supported by most Republicans, but immigration enforcement and immigration reform are not mutually exclusive…one can be for both.

            A large majority of unauthorized immigrants are Hispanic, so I don’t buy the ‘Republicans are racists’ claim, which usually comes from liberals trying to frame Republicans as the party of racists, pitting minorities against Republicans. I’ve been a Republican activist for decades and while I do occasionally encounter bigots active within the party, mostly what I see is lack of knowledge and tone deafness about how immigration reform rhetoric alienates Latinos and Asians.

            Sadly, those with negative attitudes are very shrill and the media covers them extensively, while moderates tend to either avoid the divisive issue or their public comments are not sensational and less likely to attract media attention. It’s very important for other Republicans to call out bigots like Ann Coulter and make clear they do not speak for the Conservative movement, and that is precisely what Cafe Con Leche Republicans is doing.

            Posted by bquasius
          • December 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

            I have an impression, Elsa, that you are rather new to commenting on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space – and specifically new to the many comments that Bob Quasius and I have made over many months within this Blog Space !!!! It is rather easy to view the many and varied comments Bob Q. makes by going to the Blog section of this site – and scroll through the threads that Bob Q. starts. It’s not that easy though, Elsa, to catch up on some of my comments, though – so, Sara, I’ll give you a heads-up on a number of these.

            Check out my comments (as Boba123 or Robert Allen) – in the following areas – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/what-did-the-gop-learn-from-2012-election – or – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/jeb-bush-the-new-gop-leader-yea.

            Check out BOTH Bob Q’s and my comments on – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/is-marco-rubio-a-natural-born-citizen.

            And here, Sara – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/ann-coulters-stupid-tweet – is another thread started by Bob Q. with mine and other’s comments.

            AND, Elsa – be SURE to check out – ALL 5 of my comments to Ol’ Bob Price’s thread at – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/ann-coulters-stupid-tweet. OBVIOUSLY, Elsa – I DON’T think that Ol’ Bob Price’s thread is even worth reading (it’s FAR TOO LONG) – but my comments, Elsa – I assure you – are WELL WORTH looking at.

            Just responding to your latest comment, Elsa –

            Robert Allen

            Posted by boba123
          • December 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

            CORRECTION, Elsa – the Bob Price thread IS – http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/republican-war-on-women-and-other-great-myths-ladies-can-we-talk.

            Be SURE, Elsa – to check out my 5 comments to Ol’ Bob Price !!!!

            Robert Allen

            Posted by boba123

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