Friday, March 29, 2013

Where do they find these people?

Alaskan Congressman Don Young (Republican), in an interview with Ketchikan (AK) radio station KBRD:

Young also believes that Americans need to bring industry back to this country rather than relying on imports. Doing so would increase jobs, although he understands that automation has reduced the number of labor positions available.
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

Two questions:
- How does someone holding national political office in the twentyfirst century not know to avoid
  such an offensive slur?
- How can the radio station report this section of the interview without comment? Surely someone
  there knew that this was offensive?

The mind boggles.

Update: It appears the House Republican leadership has forced Young to apologize. He now states he "meant no disrespect". Assuming for the moment that is true, doesn't that simply underscore just how clueless this guy is?

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