NJ + Italian American = Slur


Washington - October 31, 2005 - A person's racial, religious or ethnic heritage should never be an issue in a Supreme Court nomination process. Calling attention to Judge Samuel Alito's Italian heritage is, therefore, highly inappropriate and trivializes the significant national, legalistic and historical matter at hand.

The facts are that President Bush has nominated a jurist of impeccable credentials to the highest court in the land, who happens to be of Italian descent. Judge Alito's ethnic heritage should be treated with respect rather than be used to further various political agendas.

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. See
www.osia.org .

Contact: Kylie Cafiero Director of Communications email:
kcafiero@osia.org voice: 202/547-2900

Thank you, David Chase, for all you've done for all Italian Americans who ever lived in New Jersey.

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