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Sotomayor should change her last name to be more “Anglo”

krikorianMark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (one of the “big three” anti-immigrant groups in the country), is now Keith Olbermann’s ‘Worst Person in the World’.

My fellow pro-migrant bloggers and I have been exposing CIS and Krikorian as part of the hate-mongering anti-immigrant lobby for a while, but his recent attacks on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have really brought that exposure to a new level.

This week, Krikorian blasted Sotomayor because of the pronunciation of her last name. No, really. That’s all the guy could come up with in order to criticize the newly nominated Supreme Court justice. Said Krikorian:

Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits. And there are basically two options — the newcomer adapts to us, or we adapt to him. And multiculturalism means there’s a lot more of the latter going on than there should be.

Click here to watch Keith Olbermann put Krikorian on blast  as the “Worst Person in the World” for this ridiculously xenophobic statement. Its definitely worth the 2 minutes of your time. And, by they way, as a person with a last name that is difficult for most Americans, I am highly insulted by the idea that just because people have a hard time saying my name I should forego hundreds of years of family history to cater to their ineptitude. Just sayin’.sotomayor 2

The bigger story here is that Krikorian, who has been a resource for publications such as the NY Times, is an extremist whose viewpoints are not credible and should not be treated as such. America’s Voice has released a new report, giving Krikorian’s background, including his ties to the hate group FAIR. Click here to read the full report and post from AV. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with another gem from our friend Krikorian:

While in the past there may well have been too much social pressure for what sociologists call Anglo-conformity, now there isn’t enough. I think that’s a concern that most Americans share at some level…

And this guy is considered a “reliable source” of information on immigration-related issues? Yikes. More evidence of how the extreme has become mainstream in the immigration debate. It’s time to return to common sense, people. Sotomayor’s last name is not a threat to America. I can’t believe I even had to type that.

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