Friday, March 29, 2013
Huffington Post reports that Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) turned heads on Thursday, using a racial slur to describe Latinos. Addressing the United States' jobs situation in a radio interview with KRBD-FM, Young admitted that technology has impacted the market. In the process, he chose the term "wetbacks" to describe the workers his father employed. “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
Here are Rep. Young's official positions on immigration. Yesterday, he told us what he really thought about farmworkers.
CNN thoughtfully reports on the response of GOP leaders to Rep. Young's use of the anti-Mexican slur.
UPDATE (April 2): Click here for analyis of the modern use of the term "wetback."