This story reminds me of someone, but for the life of me I can’t think of who it is…
A Colorade lawmaker called Mexican workers “Illiterate peasants” during a debate of a bill that would help immigrant workers get temporary visas. The bill is put forth in response to a shortage of farm workers.
State representative Douglas Bruce made the statement and was quickly removed from finishing his speech by the Democrat leadership. What he said I found amusing:
Bruce later defended his remarks.
“I looked up ‘illiterate’ in the dictionary and it means somebody who is lacking in formal education or is unable to read and write,” he said. “I don’t think these people who are planning to come over here and pick potatoes or peaches are likely to have much of a formal education. I looked up the word ‘peasant.’ The word ‘peasant’ means a person who works in agricultural fields.
“These people, most of them, don’t speak English. Most of them haven’t had any formal education, that’s why they’re coming over here. I don’t blame them for trying, but I don’t think we should pave the way for more aliens to come here,” he said.
Read the entire story here: http://news.aol.com/story/_a/l…
P.S. – 61% of people taking the AOL survey at the link “had no problem with what he said”.