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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    I don't see why it is insulting...

    When you work... you sweat... and the sweat usually goes on your back... and your back gets wet.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    I agree. I think Republicans should continue calling Mexican migrants wetbacks...as they should call Blacks n-words and women sluts and gays homos.
    Not Mexican migrants, ILLEGAL Mexican immigrants. They are wetbacks, and that's not a racial/ethnic slur. This isn't a party issue. There really are just as many racist Democrats as there are Republicans.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    It's like how Hispanics refer to foreigners in their country (mainly American foreigners) as "Gringo". It's a slang term, but not necessarily a slur. It's only a racial/ethnic slur if used in a hateful context.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Not Mexican migrants, ILLEGAL Mexican immigrants. They are wetbacks, and that's not a racial/ethnic slur. This isn't a party issue. There really are just as many racist Democrats as there are Republicans.
    Unfortunatly for you the term "wetback" is insulting to Mexican immigrants in general.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Unfortunatly for you the term "wetback" is insulting to Mexican immigrants in general.
    Not unfortunate for me, as I don't care either way. I know Mexicans who do not find the term innately offensive.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by Carleen View Post
    That's a first for Boehner. He usually just keeps his mouth shut when a fellow republican says something stupid. Guess he is trying to win over minorities! Fat chance!
    Bush Junior when he won got only 40 of the Hispanic vote. So we don't need a majority. So any Republican that wins 40% of their Vote. Will be sitting in the Oval office.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Not unfortunate for me, as I don't care either way. I know Mexicans who do not find the term offensive.
    There is a history of prejudice associated with the term "wetback" and trying to defend the use of it is like rubbing salt in a open wound.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    There is a history of prejudice associated with the term "wetback" and trying to defend the use of it is like rubbing salt in a open wound.
    Again, it depends on the context. In the context that it was used by the Congressman in the OP, it is not a slur, and it does not have a negative connotation. If he had said "We had 60 dirty, stinking damn wetbacks on our farm!" or something similar, then I would agree it is a slur. But the way he used it, not a slur.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I agree- he should have just called them what they are. Illegal immigrants. They skirted our laws to get here, and that wouldn't be tolerated in Mexico.
    Funny.... that you did not mention at all, that his father (and maybe even him)... also broke the law by hiring them.
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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by head of joaquin View Post
    Racial slurs are always just under the surface with conservatives, exposing their true blighted souls.
    "Blighted souls" I love hearing enlightened comment like that one from the left. All that claim "wetbacks" is a racial slur are simply void of the fact including all the media vultures that jumped all over this not knowing what they were clalming is simply incorrect. Nice try boys and girls!
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