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December 18, 2014

Don Young Thinks the Word ‘Wetbacks’ Is OK

Hey  Rep. Don Young — 1956 called and it wants its racial epithets back.

The Republican from Alaska gave a wide-ranging interview with a local radio station KRBD, which aired Thursday, when he used the term “wetbacks” to describe laborers on what apparently was an extraordinarily large ranch his family owned.

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” the 79-year-old Young said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

Don’t believe us? You can listen to the audio here:

KTUU in Alaska has since reported that Young issued a statement Thursday night saying he was simply using the vocabulary of his youth.

“During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” Young said in the statement, according to KTUU. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”

 

 

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  • Bejoth

    When was it anything but a slur? Another Repug racist. No surprise.

    • joe schmuckatelli

      It is a slur that means illegal immigrant, typically Mexican or other Latino origin. Get over it. Pretty tame compared to the insult liberals used to describe black people and Jews.

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.houchens George Houchens

    Young is correct. While considered politically incorrect today, the term was widely used back in the days of his youth. Much ado about nothing. Stop being so thin skinned folks!

  • OldmanRick

    But, but, but everyone has to be PC. Otherwise, someone might be insulted, hurt, maligned, and cry or go sit in a corner and pout. We can’t be having that since today everyone is a winner and each receives a ribbon or medal even if he/she didn’t even try. Meanwhile the attendees to the charade hold hands and sing kumbaya. That’s the progressive way in the 21 century.

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