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.

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

  1. Thank you so much for such a great post. I cannot believe Krikorian felt entitled to say something so ridiculous. I mean…is his name so ‘anglo’?

  2. First

    Big ups on the “I can’t believe I had to write that” remark. This guy’s a turkey.

  3. Robert Gittelson

    Krikorian recently has propagated a theory in the conservative National Review, (in his attack on fellow NRO author Richard Nadler, who had the audacity to speak the truth about immigration reform), that compares and conflates the rejection of mass deportations to the advocacy of gay marriage, slaughtering the unborn, affirmative action, and the Obama stimulus package. He does this in an effort to paint anyone who doesn’t share his ultra restrictionist anti-immigrant philosophy as a radical leftist. He has even suggested that those Republicans who do not share his anti-immigrant brand of conservatism as wanting to abandon the bedrock conservative principals of peace-through-strength and limited government. He also gleefully announced, “I predicted three weeks ago that Sotomayor was guaranteed to get the nod — as a consolation prize for Hispanic pressure groups, since there isn’t going to be an amnesty.”
    To me, the question is not, “why did Kieth Olbermann choose Krikorian as the Worst Person in the World? The question is, “Why didn’t he choose Krikorian a long time ago?”

  4. Vicente Duque

    Wonderful Informations, Let’s be optimistic. This is Beautiful History in the making and we should celebrate Sonia’s Confirmation Approval.


    I am gathering dozens of Videos and articles of the press about Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

    Some people like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and Cenk Uygur are laughing and laughing at the Hyprocrisy or Republicans, because the Reps have said the same stuff that Sonia says in her “Horror” Videos.

    Judges of the Supreme Court and Republican Senators have said exactly the same stuff as Sonia in other contexts.

    Even George H. Bush the father of our beloved Bush has said exactly the same words that the Trilogy of Evil NPR : Newt, Pat and Rush condemn.

    If Tom Tancredo hates the Non Anglo Saxons and non Nordic Whites then he should start by commiting suicide and improving the American Race, he is more Mediterranean like Brutus and Casius than a Real Viking like Leif Erikson.

    That is why Cenk Uygur says that the Republicans are already defeated and that they are beginning to raise the White Flag of Surrender.

    And even the Wall Street Journal loves Sonia Sotomayor because she likes Business and Capitalism, and Money has no skin color.

    Look at tons of Information on Sonia here :

    Vicente Duque

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  6. If you think Sotomayor should change her name to be more “Anglo” then certainly Barrack Hussein Obama should change his name to be more “AMERICAN”.

  7. I think perhaps you didn’t read the post, if you believe that I truly think Sotomayor should change her name. Maybe read it first, then leave a comment.


  8. Krickorian Is a Failure as a human being, but you’re on the same teir.
    Your comment suggests most americans (who you say have trouble pronouncing your foreign name) are inept because the can’t pronounce your name.
    That’s the same logic used in the argument against forms in the US being printed in Spanish on one side. “we all shouldn’t have to pay additional aministrative costs because Mexicans can’t read english, right? their “ineptitude” isn’t our fault”. See how that works?

    Your blog is racist trash, and Sotomayor is an activist, favoring her own race- the only thing missing is the beret. In fact, I’ll bet there’s a photo somehwere of her wearing one.


  9. Kiki Walker

    Physician not only do YOU need to heal thyself! Learn to spell correct English if you so vaunt yourself to be so American. Other than the native American Tribes, everyone in the good ole USA is a FOREIGNER! By the way KRIKORIAN is Armenian why doesn’t he Americanize his name? to smith, jones, walker? Seems he forgot what the Turks did to his people, why those damn armernians came to a foreign country. Perhaps due to genocide? Remember this is America, a melting pot. Do not like go back to where you came from! Do not sully our shores with your hate.

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