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Anti-Defamation League asks Deal to reconsider Kent appointment | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta.

Posted by Thomas Wheatley on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Bill Night, the southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to reconsider his appointment of conservative columnist Phil Kent to a seven-member board tasked with sanctioning government agencies that fail to enforce Georgia’s new immigration law.

Nigut’s full letter to Deal follows below.

September 7, 2011

Governor Nathan Deal
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, GA

Dear Governor Deal,

As Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, I write to respectfully request that you reexamine your decision to appoint Phil Kent to the state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board. While ADL recognizes your desire to name to the board appointees who support and will uphold Georgia’s new immigration statute, we are concerned about Mr. Kent’s history of making inflammatory and deeply disturbing comments about immigrants, both legal and undocumented. We believe it is likely that his presence on the board will undermine its authority, suggesting that the board’s agenda will not be simply to assure compliance with the new statute, but rather to pursue an anti-immigrant political agenda.

Mr. Kent suggests that citizens should fear that America is becoming a multi-cultural nation that will soon see minorities overtake “the white population.” He asks in a column posted to his web site last year: “What will be the values and ideas of a multicultural America? What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the cultural mainstream?” He fears that whites will “flee into whiteness. They will move to where other fair-skinned brethren are to retain their identity — nostalgically yearning for an American authenticity where everyone speaks English.” On other occasions, Mr. Kent has equally disturbing views about minorities. For instance, he often tries to paint all illegal residents with the taint of criminality, perpetuating the dubious contention that “violent criminal aliens are now threatening our cities and suburbs.”Mr. Kent’s fixation with maintaining white culture is deeply disturbing, and his resort to fear mongering about undocumented residents is equally abhorrent. Georgia’s new immigration law has become a lightning rod for controversy. We ask that you weigh carefully whether Mr. Kent’s presence on the Immigration Enforcement Review Board will simply stir up even more controversy and bring possible discredit to the state’s efforts to control illegal immigration.

Sincerely yours,

Bill Nigut
Southeast Regional Director, ADL”

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