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opinion | JEFF JACOBY

Academic freedom?

Not at Harvard, where the right not to be offended fuels protest

Jason Richwine’s views on ethnicity and IQ may be controversial, but he has done nothing to embarrass Harvard University. The same cannot be said for the more than 1,200 Harvard students and 23 campus groups smearing Richwine’s work as “racist” and petitioning Harvard to repudiate it.

Richwine, who resigned two weeks ago from the Heritage Foundation, believes that the intelligence of potential immigrants should be a factor in US immigration policy. He argues that higher-IQ immigrants are more likely to assimilate successfully, and that the persistent IQ gap between Latino and non-Latino immigrants should therefore be relevant in any discussion of immigration reform.

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