Republican Congressman Don Young Needs to Resign
By now I am sure most of you have heard about Congressman Don Young using a racial slur in a interview with a local radio station in Alaska. In his interview with KRBD, Rep. Young used the term ‘wetbacks’ to describe the people his father hired to pick tomatoes on his ranch. Here are the offensive and bigoted remarks Congressman Young made in that radio interview:
My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks and — to pick tomatoes,” Young said in the interview with KRBD. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
Naturally, Congressman Young is now in damage control mode and his trying to walk that back. He has released a statement in which he tries to explain away his remarks and offer a pretty pathetic reason why he used a racial slur:
“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.”
Oh? You meant no disrespect? It was commonly used years ago? Oh. OK, then. Yeah… not good enough.
Congressman Don Young needs to resign. Tomorrow.
This type of ignorant, racist, and offensive speech has absolutely no place in the public discourse or the Republican Party. Any politician who uses it needs to be condemned and, if they won’t resign willingly? We need to force them to give up their seat. My preference is to pressure them to resign immediately, but, if they refuse, we should spend whatever resources necessary to ensure their name never appears on a general election ballot again.
Offensive and racist speech has to be called out in all forms. It doesn’t matter who’s saying it or what party they’re from. We have to willing to be as tough on our side as we would be on our opponents. If we choose to stay silent on this and hope it just blows over, that’s going to be interpreted as an endorsement by the GOP of Young’s bigoted statement. I’m not saying that’s fair, I’m saying that’s the world in which we all live.
Rep. Young’s racial slur proves him unfit to hold office and unfit to represent the GOP in the U.S. Congress. I am calling on him to stand up and make an honorable exit. He needs to resign. Now.