The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, April 26, 2004  

Not Ours

It’s a rare event when an article in Foreign Policy causes my jaw to drop, but the cover story in the magazine’s March/April issue was a startling, almost unbelievable, essay by Harvard University political scientist Samuel P. Huntington entitled “The Hispanic Challenge.”

The cover of the issue teased: “José, Can You See? Samuel Huntington on how Hispanic immigrants threaten America’s identity, values, and way of life.”

And yes, the article is as offensive as it sounds.

I never got around to blogging about the article. I suppose I was overcome by shock, or perhaps nausea. And I was surprised to see little reaction to Huntington’s doodlings in the blogosphere or the major media, though I admit I may have missed it.

Now, the May/June issue has reached subscribers and it’s reassuring to see that Huntington’s strange theses, dubious assumptions, and alarmist conclusions did not escape the attention of people more expert on this matter than I.

Although the letters, and Huntington’s half-hearted response to his critics, are not yet online, the professor gets an earful from, among others: Raul Yzaguirre, National Council of La Raza; Roberto Suro, Pew Hispanic Center; Tamar Jacoby, Manhattan Institute; Daniel T. Griswold, Cato Institute; Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University; Roger Daniels, University of Cincinnati; Bruce E. Wright, California State University, Fullerton; and Wayne Cornelius, University of California, San Diego.

Oh, plus kind words from Patrick Buchanan.

Congrats, Sam.

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