Rep. Young Apoligizing for Racial Slur

Alaska’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives is coming out and apologizing after a clip from an interview with KRBD radio in Ketchikan, where the long time congressmen had used a derogatory term for Hispanics.

 

Rep. Young(R-AK): “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50 to 60 wetbacks and pick tomatoes, you know it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

 

Young released a statement today saying, “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.”

 

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