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    GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    During a discussion about ongoing challenges to the economy Thursday, Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young referred to Hispanic workers as "wetbacks," an ethnic slur used to describe migrant workers.



    “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young told Alaska public radio station KRBD. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

    The term "wetback" is a pejorative term that has been used to describe workers from Latin American countries who swim across the Rio Grande to reach the United States.

    In a statement to the Anchorage Daily News, Young apologized for using the phrase to describe the workers, saying he meant "no disrespect."

    "I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California," Young said in the statement. "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.".....snip~

    GOP lawmaker calls Hispanic workers

    We just got done saying how these fools that are in the GOP need to keep their Big Mouths shut. Right away with an apology and an excuse. I don't give a damn what they use to say back when he was growing up. He know they don't say the crap today and not in front of Cameras. Or in some Interview. Course he is up in Alaska where he wont have to worry about getting ran out of Office.....huh? What can he really say.....that he didn't get the message. BS!

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    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.
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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.
    Hiya Liz! Especially after he heard we are reaching out to Hispanics.....who are conservative in nature. Moreover he knows the left would jump all over this as would the MSM. Which it is and is trending.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    and I think some missed the point being made
    at one time 50-60 workers to pick the crop
    today, 2. because the work is done mostly by machines.

    Was it smart to use the term, no. but move on.

    How many of us can say we never used some words that are now considered polilically incorrect? Was'nt there some hearings on why we should not use the term "illegal".

    People need to get over it.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    All Americans called them wetbacks. The country had a program called Operation Wetback under Dwight Eisenhower and over a million of them were deported.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    During a discussion about ongoing challenges to the economy Thursday, Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young referred to Hispanic workers as "wetbacks," an ethnic slur used to describe migrant workers.



    “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young told Alaska public radio station KRBD. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

    The term "wetback" is a pejorative term that has been used to describe workers from Latin American countries who swim across the Rio Grande to reach the United States.

    In a statement to the Anchorage Daily News, Young apologized for using the phrase to describe the workers, saying he meant "no disrespect."

    "I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California," Young said in the statement. "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.".....snip~

    GOP lawmaker calls Hispanic workers

    We just got done saying how these fools that are in the GOP need to keep their Big Mouths shut. Right away with an apology and an excuse. I don't give a damn what they use to say back when he was growing up. He know they don't say the crap today and not in front of Cameras. Or in some Interview. Course he is up in Alaska where he wont have to worry about getting ran out of Office.....huh? What can he really say.....that he didn't get the message. BS!
    Actually apologizing for it is making it worse. He shouldn't apologize. If he was smart he would double down. He's letting other people dictate what he's say's now. He HAS say what he wants regardless what others think of it. Right now he has no respect. He has to earn that back. And he aint gona do that by being touchy feely nice. Human nature don't work that way. He's gona get the crap kicked out of him no matter what. If he stands up for himself while that occurs he earn a bit of respect doing. Otherwise he goes the way of the rest of the republicans that apologize the dust bin.

    Lizze they are NOT illegal immigrants they are unlawful aliens.
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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    All Americans called them wetbacks. The country had a program called Operation Wetback under Dwight Eisenhower and over a million of them were deported.
    Yes, racial slurs used to be a lot more popular. Along with things like segregation or slavery and votings bans and whatnot.

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    Actually apologizing for it is making it worse. He shouldn't apologize. If he was smart he would double down. He's letting other people dictate what he's say's now. He HAS say what he wants regardless what others think of it. Right now he has no respect. He has to earn that back. And he aint gona do that by being touchy feely nice. Human nature don't work that way. He's gona get the crap kicked out of him no matter what. If he stands up for himself while that occurs he earn a bit of respect doing. Otherwise he goes the way of the rest of the republicans that apologize the dust bin.

    Lizze they are NOT illegal immigrants they are unlawful aliens.
    If using racial slurs is a way to gain respect in your universe, I'm glad I don't live there.
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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Yes, racial slurs used to be a lot more popular. Along with things like segregation or slavery and voting bans and whatnot.
    The term "Wetback" isn't really based on race, it was based upon an illegal method of entry into the United States.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    Racial slurs are always just under the surface with conservatives, exposing their true blighted souls.

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    Re: GOP Lawmaker Calls Hispanic Workers ‘Wetbacks’

    House Speaker admonishes fellow Republican for immigrant slur.....



    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Friday condemned a reference to migrant workers made by fellow Republican Representative Don Young, calling the comments "offensive and beneath the dignity of the office."

    Boehner issued a statement saying there was "no excuse" for the comments.

    "Congressman Young's remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don't care why he said it - there's no excuse," he said.

    Young, who has spent 40 years in Congress, also is facing a House ethics investigation into possible misuse of campaign funds, failure to report gifts and other offenses. The ethics investigation is similar to an earlier Department of Justice inquiry, which produced no charges.....snip~

    House Speaker admonishes fellow Republican for immigrant slur


    Looks like young is under investigation as well.

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