NCLR Action Network
Representative Young: Apologize for Your Offensive Comment
Check out what Representative Don Young (R–AK) recently said in a radio interview:
"My father had a ranch; we used to have 50–60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes. It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It's all done by machine."
I’m sure you share our outrage and disappointment with Rep. Young for his use of this appalling racial slur. There is simply no excuse for an elected official to use such an offensive term. He later released a statement about his comment:
"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."
Let’s be clear. The term was offensive then, and it is offensive now. The Latino community deserves a real apology from this elected official.
Sign the petition to Rep. Young and demand he issue a real apology!
I am disappointed and offended by your recent use of the term “wetback” in a radio interview. There is simply no excuse for an elected official to use such an offensive term. I know that you released a statement saying that you meant no disrespect and that it was a term used during your years growing up. However, I think the Latino community and the country as a whole deserve a real apology. The term was offensive then, and it’s offensive now. Latinos are integral to America’s future, and comments like this demean the community as a whole. As an elected official, you should be more concerned about inclusiveness in our country. Again, I ask you to publically apologize.