Congressman Calls Latinos “Wetbacks,” Issues Apology (AUDIO)
Matt | On 01, Apr 2013
If I never believed in an alternate universe, that thought was shattered this past weekend. I now know that at least one member of Congress is the newest resident on another planet.
I heard a clip of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) doing a radio interview last week. In it, he referenced his childhood in California and how his father hired migrant labor to pick tomatoes on the farm.
As soon as Young opened his mouth, years of oppression and bigotry fell out. He was quoted as effortlessly calling Latinos “wetbacks” during his story.
“My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young said.
Since the interview aired, Young has issued both a clarification and an official apology. He had the following to say about his word choice:
“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska. There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative attitudes that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I’m sorry that this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration reform,” Young said on his House website. [SOURCE]
I am glad he apologized for his remarks, but I knew it was coming because of public backlash. Just imagine what a small family gathering sounds like at his house, especially if they have been drinking. I am sure that no ethnic group is safe in his presence. OMG!