When Will CIS’ Stephen Steinlight Stop Being Such a Anti-Mexican Racist Tool?

Feb 9, 2013
4:26 PM

We get it. If you are going to be racist against Mexicans, you do the following: become part of a safe-sounding Center for Immigration Studies “think tank” that gets funding from the Department of Justice and the US Census, and pretend that your opinions have merit and value. Such is the case of Stephen Steinlight, one of the most racist public figures we know. You already saw Steinlight’s bizarre video, and now you can see what Steinlight shared on Facebook:


In this Facebook post, Steinlight once again generalizes against Mexicans to the point of becoming just another straight out neo-nativist racist. To Steinlight, all Mexicans are of the same ilk. The ironic thing is that Steinlight’s history and bio would suggest that he would be a bit more understanding, but we guess not. Just read on:


Prior to joining CIS, he was Executive Director of the American Anti-Slavery Group, the Boston-based abolitionist organization. For eight years he was National Affairs Director at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) where he oversaw its public policy agenda centered on First Amendment issues, civil rights, immigration, and social policy. While at AJC, Dr. Steinlight was a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and founded and served as Senior Advisor to the critically-acclaimed commonQuest: The Magazine of Black-Jewish Relations.

He also served as Vice President of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) for three years. He convened the first global interreligious dialogues involving dissident Muslim scholars; played a lead role in propagating community-oriented policing; worked on issues affecting Native Americans; and directed the largest survey of intergroup attitudes ever undertaken in America: Taking America’s Pulse: A Survey of Intergroup Attitudes in the United States.

Prior to joining NCCJ, he was Director of Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the body responsible for developing the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Steinlight was co-creator of the Museum’s “Remember the Children Exhibition.”

A magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, upon graduation he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Columbia College Alumni Merit Award. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Kellett Fellow, and a Marshall Scholar at the University of Sussex, England, where he received his M.Phil and PhD. He was a professor of English and Victorian Studies for 20 years, teaching at the University of Sussex, the State University of New York; the Institút Britannique de Paris; and the School of Graduate Studies, New York University. The recipient of numerous academic honors and visiting professorship, he has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is currently an Associate Fellow at Timothy Dwight College, Yale University.

We guess Steinlight is all for civil rights except when it doesn’t apply to Mexicans. Who would have guessed that a Holocaust scholar would be such a racist tool? Talk about forgetting your own history.