Conservative commentator Ann Coulter hasÂ sparked outrage after publishing a column in which she describe Latinos as aÂ lazy underclass.
In a piece titled ‘America reaches el tippingÂ pointo,’ Coulter goes on an extended tirade, blaming Latinos for the nation’sÂ plight and placing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent lossÂ largely on their backs.
Specifically, Coulter writes that the influxÂ of ‘Mexico’s underclass’ and the ‘poorest of the world’s poor’ has so thoroughlyÂ changed the country’s political landscape that no amount of Republican outreachÂ will turn the tides in their favor.
‘Perhaps the reason elections maven MichaelÂ Barone was so shockingly off in his election prediction this year was that… Barone has been assuring us for years that most of these Third World immigrantsÂ pouring into the country would go the way of Italian immigrants and becomeÂ Republicans. They’re hardworking, they have family values,’ she wrote. ‘Maybe atÂ first, but not after coming here, having illegitimate children and going onÂ welfare.’
But already, her words have drawn ire fromÂ many pro-immigration activists, not only based on the rhetoric, but on many ofÂ the facts she used in making her argument.
Roque Planas, of the Huffington Post’s LatinoÂ Voice section, wrote a detailed response to Coulter’s column, citing a number ofÂ sources that call into question the veracity of Coulter claims.
First, Planas argues that Latinos doÂ notÂ disproportionately claim welfare, as Coulter claims, but in fact use less thanÂ the government benefits allotted to them.
According to a study released by the CenterÂ on Budget and Policy Priorities, aÂ non-partisan group that works on fiscalÂ policies to help low-incomeÂ Americans, Hispanics made up 16 per cent of theÂ population in 2010 butÂ received just 12 per cent of benefits. In contrast,Â non-Hispanic whitesÂ accounted for 64 per cent of the population and received 69Â per cent ofÂ entitlement benefits.
In another passage, Coulter attributedÂ poverty in the Latino community to an excessively high birth rate, citing thatÂ more than half of all babies born to Hispanic women are illegitimate.
Again, Planas argues that these facts areÂ misleading. Citing a 2010 Pew Hispanic Study, Planas writes that 45 per cent ofÂ undocumented-immigrant households consisted of a spouse or cohabiting coupleÂ with one or more children. He then compared that the 34 per cent rate for legalÂ immigrants and 21 per cent of the U.S. born.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Lincoln Republicans, aÂ pro-immigration group in Arizona, has also come down hard on Coulter, issuing aÂ scathing rebuke of her essay.
‘If Abe Lincoln or Ronald Reagan could readÂ your latest column, they would turn over in their graves,’ it read. ‘YouÂ obviously know nothing about the Latino vote, and your repeated and shrillÂ rhetoric against Latinos are a major reason that so many conservative LatinosÂ hold their nose and vote Democrat.’
‘You conveniently never mention in yourÂ columns that the GOP was competitive in California until the harsh rhetoricÂ surrounding proposition 187 caused Latinos to leave the GOP in droves. SinceÂ proposition 187, the GOP has not been competitive in statewide races. ThisÂ phenomenon has followed the rhetoric and spread from California to the rest ofÂ the nation. The GOP is now often perceived by many Latinos as hostile toÂ Latinos.’
Coulter is no stranger to making such claimsÂ or the reception that it often brings with it.
Earlier in the year, Coulter characterizedÂ Obama’s base of voters as ‘stupid, single woman,’ shortly following the debateÂ over contraception led by law student Sandra Fluke.
‘And I would just say to stupid single womenÂ voters, your husband willÂ not be able to pay you child support if ObamacareÂ goes through and Obama is re-elected,’ she said. ‘You are talking about theÂ total destruction of wealth.Â It is the end of America as we knowÂ it.’
Coulter was also the subject of muchÂ criticism after she referred to Obama as a ‘retard’ in a tweet. DespiteÂ receiving considerable backlash, including a open letter written by SpecialÂ Olympics athlete John Franklin Stephenrs, Coulter defendedÂ her statement.
‘These were all technical terms at oneÂ time. “Retard” had been used colloquially to just mean “loser” for 30Â years. But no,Â no – these aggressive victims have to come out and tellÂ you what words to use,’ Coulter said.
Source: The Daily Mail