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Republican Rep. Don Young just used the racial slur "wetback" to refer to immigrants on a local Alaska radio show. We blew past our goal of 10,000 can you sign and share this to help us get to 20,000? NON - US can also sign this!

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Pat B (356)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:14 am
Thank you, Angelika for this. I definitely signed.!! Get him out.!!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:14 am
It’s disgusting. Republican Rep. Don Young just called Latino immigrants “wetbacks” during a radio interview posted yesterday.
He used the racial slur to refer to workers on his father’s farm. It’s one of the most dehumanizing comments we’ve heard from a public official in a while. Yet, even with Senate and House Republican leaders condemnig him, Rep. Don Young has simply issued a non-apology, claiming he "meant no disrespect."

The slur “wetback,” for example, led to the creation of Operation Wetback, a racist program in 1949 that rounded up and deported hundreds of thousands of Latino immigrants and U.S. citizens through the targeting of specifically Mexican American barrios.

Today, we see a direct link between labeling people “illegal” and the creation of dragnet deportation programs that have led to a record 1.5 million deportations in the past 4 years

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:19 am
He is Congressman in ALASKA - anyone surprised?

check out the WaPo :

A weekly award honoring inhabitants of Planet Beltway

Who had the worst week in Washington? Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

Tamara Hayes (185)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:15 am
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Angie. Comment below sent as well.

Your choice of words is reprehensible and they show that without a doubt, you do not belong in a position where you represent the people of this country. All people.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:15 am

Thanks for signing , Kit!

Thanks for signing! Please share this with your friends to put the pressure on Rep. Young to resign for using the word "wetback." -- tweeted.

I grew up in San Antonio, TX and until I moved north to DFW or (Dallas - Fort Worth area) I had not ever heard the term "wet-back". How is that different than any other of the despicable racial slurs?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:54 am

That is a term that, if used even in the privacy of my own home, would make me feel dirty enough to dash to the shower.

HOW DARE he publicly pretend to represent good citizens, and yet feel comfortable enough to utter it within earshot of the media?

Yes, HE is a danger to hard-earned progress and the image conscientious Americans wish to be our voice.


Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:15 pm
Kit-the explanation to your question is above in my comment, that does makes it different.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:29 pm

The thing is, we begged for THOSE people to come and work our fields during WWII and we found that after the Japanese citizens were released from their "holding camps" (not going there) those who purchased the land from the government still needed workers. It's almost like a publicity campaign to show unskilled workers here they could work the fields. But, they did not, and to this day, we still need migrant workers for many jobs.

I still stand with my earlier statement, the word is a despicable racist statement of prejudice.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:33 pm

In honesty, I never heard the term "wetback" until I moved to Los Angeles. (Before that, I lived in Ohio, where most of the involvement with migrant workers was transitory.)

But, considering that I had moved from Ohio to California because I was tired of the small-mindedness -- with me, being half Native American, my ex-husband and father of my child being African American; I was shocked to learn that I was then living in another form of racism . . . I was inundated with Mexican jokes, etc. and even had to ask what "wetback" meant.

Needless to say, I found it to be extremely disappointing.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:42 pm

Kit, knowing you -- as I feel I do -- I don't believe that you would harbor ANY discriminatory opinions, unless they are rightfully proven to be without merit, such as being prejudiced against racists, Islamophobics, misogyny, pedophilia, semitism and the like.

And, in the same regard and respect for her, I am sure that Angie would never, even by inference, accuse you of doing so.

Peace, sisters.


Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:34 pm
What's going on here, huh? Of course I have not and would never accused Kit of anything, least of any form of prejudice!
Was there a misunderstanding? I only tried to respond to Kit's "question" (" How is that different than any other of the despicable racial slurs?") by pointing to my above comment, copied from their site, and explaining the connection of this absolutely despicable word. ("Operation Wetback 1949)
Which t, too of course have never heard before. If it is related to such a deportation movement is DOES make it different in the sense of being an EXTRA nasty and despicable slur!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:40 pm
Carole, as for your experience in LA, I am sorry for you! would you believe that even in the beginning of the 70s I also experienced that when i spent 2 months in CA, mostly LA? Not towards me of course, but I did hear and see lots of open racism toward the many Latinos there. I had expected "flower power" and peace all over and it was a devastating eye opener to me to find different things. Those were the times close to the Watts riots and there wasn't much love or peace seen anywhere!

Russ S (52)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:45 pm
Just awful! My Partner is from South America. Rotten

Russ S (52)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:46 pm
Thanks for signing , Russell!
Thanks for signing! Please share this with your friends to put the pressure on Rep. Young to resign for using the word "wetback."

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:51 pm

Too often, while we hear the battle cry against new immigrants, citizens of this country FORGET that they, themselves, were such.

And, while we embrace the words of Emma Lazarus, emblazoned upon the Statue of Liberty, a sight seen by many hopeful immigrants, many of whom were their own relatives:

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

And, by the same token -- conveniently ignore that there were already natives here, who were murdered -- for simply defending themselves from intentional genocide . . .

We, as a proud nation, seem to have forgotten our own roots and compassion.

Let the amnesia stop now.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:54 pm

Angie, I believe it. I moved from Ohio to L.A. in 1976, when my daughter was 4 years old.



Krystal R (120)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:00 pm
Thanks for signing , Krystal!

Thanks for signing! Please share this with your friends to put the pressure on Rep. Young to resign for using the word "wetback."

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:04 pm

Not at all, Angie. I just reiterated my sentiments from the first statement. For a country based on immigration we seem to have forgotten our roots. Like Carole, I too have a share of Native American, blood. Part of my family has been in the United States, before it was a United States. From the other side, both of my grand parents arrived in 1908.

I am just sick of hearing about immigration as if it were a dirty word. I'm really tired of the stupidity that continues to propagate lies, and more lies about immigrants. Yes, they will call it facts, but a few moments of research can disprove those lies.


Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:06 pm
I need more stars... Carole, thx so much for this necessary contribution and reminder!
Looks like that lamp is now lifted rather besides a rusty prison gate than golden doors!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:10 pm

To both Kit and Angie . . .

If I could give each of you, precious friends, 1,000 per day -- It would be insufficient.

I am honored to have found such superior company to spend my days with.



Joe R (190)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:26 pm
That applies in both directions, Carole! and,-gee, I sure am glad you didn't say your "last days" .. :-)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:27 pm
And be reminded that for me it is mostly my NIGHTS, NOT days! Leaves little to no time to spend them any other way..

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:30 pm

I'm like a festering sore . . . I don't let go of anything that's pleasurable to me without indisputable evidence that it's necessary. (And I don't see that happenin'.) *kisses*


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 5:05 pm

In all actuality, my dear and trusted friends, assure me that me presence in thier lives is a welcomed presence.

Sadly, that's unusual -- but so warmly welcomed.

Thank you.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 5:06 pm

That said . . .


Please sign the petition . . . and tell him why!


Animae C (515)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 5:07 pm
16,343 signers so far

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:17 pm
noted Thank you,

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:39 pm
REMINDER: NON - US can also sign this! ( as I stated above, top of post)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:41 pm
Carole-what can I say... lucky Michael.. ;)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:22 pm
Please also sign this Credo action

john byrne (50)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:22 am


Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:03 am
Petitions signed. How can that bastard be congressman...???

Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:16 am
FYI; -I'm not allowed to say what I'd like to call that freaking idiot Don Young!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:18 am

(Ain't that the truth????)

But, this somewhat convincing resemblance of a human is a bought-and-paid-for corporate shill. (Face it. This "government" is doing just what "governing" means:

gov·ern (gvrn)
v. gov·erned, gov·ern·ing, gov·erns
1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; exercise sovereign authority in.
2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake.
3. To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people.
4. To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses.
5. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
6. Grammar To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
1. To exercise political authority.
2. To have or exercise a determining influence.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:30 am

Anyone who is my age (and I'm OLD) . . . remembers the "indoctrination of obedience" we were brainwashed with from youth:

1. My country is a good and kind country -- unlike the others, who don't care about people.

2. When WE participate in war, it's because some bully is trying to impose their will on a smaller, more vulnerable country (and because we represent righteousness and strength, it's our duty to do so).

Daily, national anthems were sung -- and, at least in my time, if that didn't do it -- a prayer was said.

Now, knowledgeable (freethinking) individuals realize that was a great big bunch of bull.

Did they revert to the original programming techniques?

Oh no, HELL NO . . . Instead, they blatantly let us know that, even they, did not buy it. And then they spout their REAL feelings, and make it obvious who they respect and are, themselves, governed by.

Capitalism has progressed from a promise to a plague.


Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:22 am
Amen, Carole! Gee, am I GLAD, I was NEVER educated and brainwashed like that throughout school! Being German, all our schools here taught us from start to be HUMBLE, SHAMEFUL, ALERT and devoted to a peaceful homeland and future. Now that, too created a certain crippled psyche and mind in some or many, yet less harmful than being educated and raised in the opposite spirit.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:32 am

At the time, I didn't realize I was either.

Hindsight is 20/20.

I placed my hand over my heart (and had the potential of dooming my own children to die in unjust wars and warrantless, and subsequently unrewarded, death for imperialism and adding to the coffers of the most wealthy -- who had no regard for my maternal bond).

In retrospect (20/20), I don't blame my teachers or parents. We are brought into this world free. As such, we can CHOOSE to see life as independent minds . . . or, sheepishly, and without responsibility . . . lay our lives, and those of our wombs . . . without cognizance.


Past Member (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:25 pm
Get him ousted. What a complete hick. Signed,thanks Angelika.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:50 pm
Thanks for signing! These people are an embarrassment and a disgrace.

I am up in your age bracket Carole I do believe, although not The indoctrination was ongoing even in the most Liberal Commonwealth at the time in the Union where I grew up, Massachusetts. The only thing that saved a lot of us is they did teach more about rebellion and thinking with our minds in addition to the indoctrination. I guess that is why we were the only ones to vote McGovern instead of Nixon. Guess something rubbed off on us with getting a wider lens upon things.

A lot of people are still roaming around with the wool over their eyes, it is a painful thing when it's removed, a lot of people get real angry, sad, depressed, it's hard to "see" how one was lied to for so long. But afterwards it's freeing and then if the person doesn't collaspe under the shear weight of it all they become active and roll up the sleeves and start standing up to the crap. It might be why so few do come onto the political threads Angelika, ignorance is bliss and all that. But unfortunately, when they do get hit beside the head with reality it's even a ruder awakening.

Laura H (964)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:58 pm
Noted and signed...
IMO Young is an @ss!!!!!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:00 pm
Not signed. I anticipated these petions when the news came out. Why not let him live with his soul or lack of soul? I don't think he will win another election although he is probably too old and out of touch to win one.

Christopher M. (4)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:09 pm
Look, my grandpa immigrated from Finland. Still I presume he did it legally. We don't have the jobs to spare for everybody who comes without laying off millions of our own. What do you prefer? Working citizens or idle citizens? The difference between a citizen and a non citizen is that we owe our citizens the same protection at home as they would try to be given by our government when they are abroad.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:36 am
So that gives people the right to refer to these human beings in derogatory terms?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:06 pm

No, it doesn't, Sheryl.

In fact, glorifying genocide by using the term "Manifest Destiny" didn't justify the original "founders" either.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!"
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.


Angelika R (143)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:37 pm
Christopher- I think you missed the point and purpose of this petition. This is not about immigration reform but about one individual who used a nasty term for Latinos and thus proves unsuitably to represent constituents in Congress!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:45 pm

Now, your response, dear Angie, was an excellent example of "delicate diplomacy."

Thank you!


Angelika R (143)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:25 pm
I was only trying to help him see his error, -possibly changing his mind about signing..-? Christopher, please sign! thx. (Or else you make us think that you would be using this language as well) ?

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:32 pm

John Coleman (18)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:12 pm
First the whole Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Progressive Caucus, and Dem Party "leadership" especially Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi should resign for comments they have made about many people in the past. In addition, those here illegally deserve no respect or special consideration no matter where they come from especially those who have criminal records that are as many as 500,000 of those here as a minimum. .

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:42 pm
Why are some so quick to excuse the ill behaviour and poor choice of words by bringing up someone else's bad behaviour, and not sure how one can even bring in the WHOLE this or that, and drop names without being more specific.

This article pertains to one person and their "personal" comment, and not asking for all of Washington DC to resign due to HIS comment. No more than the WHOLE black or hispanic caucus should be held liable for one persons faux pas....I mean, seriously John.

Does it matter if someone is a Republican, Democrat, member of a particular Church, leader of the Boy Scouts, or whatever the case may be, slanderous talk is simply that. We no longer use the terms slant eyes, spick, the "n" word, this also is not acceptable.

You certainly have your right to your opionions on immigration and whether this Country has done a fair job with it, or how NAFTA has created the conditions on why so many people left their Countries to come here after their jobs and livlihoods were destroyed, but we are speaking solely of a term.

We are all human being John, be we a member of another Country, be we rich or poor, be we of various religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds. No all who are here are criminals, some actually were born here, brought over here and used and abused by "our" Corporations and businesses. Case by case things need to be looked into, criminal background, if they came here as children when they had no choice in the matter, and other considerations. In the meantime it serves no purpose to speak slanderous of anyone, it even degrades the person who speaks in such an ill manner, and by defending that it doesn't say much for yourself.

If one is going to stand up for something, why do you stand up and protect slander? Degrogatory statements? Isn't it better to stand up for something better than that? When we lower our standards and words have power then we in turn have lowered ourselves, I think we as a Nation should strive for a higher standard, and as individuals we all owe it to ourselves to get beyond this name calling and use of low brow talk.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:34 pm
Quotes from Yahoo News ---
"...His use of the word drew swift criticism from fellow Republicans working to temper the party's hardline positions on illegal immigrants and to improve GOP standing among Hispanic voters."

"Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the party offers a "beacon of hope" for those seeking liberty around the world and that Young's remarks "emphatically do not represent the beliefs of the Republican Party.""

While Boehner said "offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds." warranting an immediate apology.

There was no apology from Young until Republican/Teabaggers insisted he apologise several days later. Seems he walked into their little charade of trying to pitch woo to Hispanic voters with his oversized mukluks..

Signed with comment.

Racism should be given no quarter, anywhere. Falling back on this derisive term as being used in the mid 20th century, only proves that Young is incapable of adapting, learning, and respecting others.

Gloria H (88)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:36 pm
The Rio Grande is too shallow to swim in. If one were to attempt it, they would probably dissolve from pollution.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:02 pm
Gladly signed, sent & noted. Signed & sent some others previously as well. Did I hear today that he has apologized? I just hate empty your child saying "I'm sorry" after you asked him to.

Robert Hardy (68)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:12 pm
Sad. Just too sad.

Sue Clayton (8)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:25 pm
It's so disheartening to hear archaic slur words like this coming from ANYONE, let alone politicians These people are SUPPOSED to be setting an example for ordinary citizens, not slurring people because of their ethnicity. This man should be stood down immediately and replaced with someone who can accept ALL humans as equals..

Robert O (12)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:17 am
Thanks for signing , Robert!

Thanks for signing! Please share this with your friends to put the pressure on Rep. Young to resign for using the word "wetback."

Thanks Angelika.

Tim L (86)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:24 am
This idiot is just a typical republican: They can't help themselves. They are so immersed in racism and disdain for everyone they view as beneath them that they can't stop their mouths from saying stupid and offensive things. They just can't keep from telling us how they really feel.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:31 am
What a hypocrite. he isn't an aboriginal is he? Why do people vote for republicans at all it is baffling.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:41 am
Mike and Janis- yes it IS! One answer might be because they think (and some talk) exactly like this dude.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:47 pm
noted and signed!!!! this bastard do not deserve this job!!!!!! he is nothing then a sick republican!!!!! he is absolutely a moron!!!!! grazie angie!!!!!!!!

Cuppy M (4)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 9:55 am
I have ZERO problem with telling it like it is...

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:48 am
Ignorant troll who came on a year later with 0 friends that hides behind a computer. In case you hadn't noticed you are on a site with the word "Care" in it, although I don't suppose that is a word you are use to.
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