Want Geniuses? Welcome Immigrants

Maybe “some are rapists”, in Donald Trump’s nasty words.  But many are geniuses.  Just ask the MacArthur Foundation, which responded to our president’s frequent demonization of immigrants, including that infamous phrase, by doing a little math.

Every year since 1981, the foundation has bestowed so-called genius grants on more than 20 of the country’s most accomplished and promising scientists, scholars, artists and writers.  These awards are a huge deal, trumpeted in the media and worn with pride forevermore.  And the winners, typically in the middle of their careers, get $625,000 each.

By: Frank Bruni, The New York Times. September 23, 2017.

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