“We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” — Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska (interview March, 2013)
Racial Slurs were once common in our society, but we have progressed and embraced the enlightened era of PC (political correctness). Gone are the days of Whites openly using racial slurs to and about Brown, Yellow, Black and Red people. For many older minorities, this new reality seems too good to be true… and IT IS. Racial slurs remain a staple of our American society.
After the uproar caused by Rep. Young’s “wetback”comment, he issued the following statement: “I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays, and I meant no disrespect.” Thanks Don. I’m sure Latinos and Hispanics rejoiced at your quasi apology knowing you use the slur so freely and publicly, yet you do not have malicious intent (read sarcasm). As the brouhaha grew over the slur and subsequent non-apology/justification, Don was compelled to say the magic “get out of political hell” words, “I apologize.”
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