Eat it, Ms. Coulter:
“Latinos are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to apply for unemployment insurance benefits or to receive them once they apply, according to the study published in the Monthly Labor Review and publicized in a briefing by the National Employment Law Project.
Based on the 2005 supplement of the Current Population Survey of 60,000 households, the study by Alix Gould-Werth and Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan found that only 34 percent of Latinos applied for unemployment benefits, compared to 49.5 percent of non-hispanic whites. Of those who applied, 56.8 percent of Hispanic applicants received benefits, versus 70.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
Latinos were more likely than non-Hispanic whites to say they didn’t know they were eligible for benefits or that they didn’t know how to apply. Some 5.1 percent of Hispanic immigrants cited language as a barrier to apply for unemployment benefits — a nearly non-existent problem for non-Hispanic whites and Hispanic citizens, according to the study.”
This recent bit of news tells Latinos something they already know to be true about themselves, that they’re a proud and hardworking people who would rather ask for overtime hours or work a second job than rely on government assistance.
So Ms. Coulter and Bill O’Reilly can say whatever they want about Latinos. Conservatives — including conservative Latinos — can continue telling themselves that Obama received a record percentage of the Latino vote simply because Latinos are lazy leeches who only want a big government that buries them in handouts.
Latinos, meanwhile, will continue to do what they do, work hard and live proud.