The evidence presented here powerfully refutes the widespread popular belief that America’s Hispanics have high crime rates. Instead, their criminality seems to fall near the center of the white national distribution, being somewhat higher than white New Englanders but somewhat lower than white Southerners. Taken as a whole, the mass of statistical evidence constitutes strong support for the “null hypothesis,” namely that Hispanics have approximately the same crime rates as whites of the same age.
This confirms what academic studies have already been arguing. Will this penetrate through to the base of the party? Probably not, but Republican leaders are licking their lips for the 2010 midterm elections.
Regardless, we are all better off when myths are debunked, especially when those myths lead directly to discrimination and fear.