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Oklahoma GOPer uses term ‘Jew me down’

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM
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Unbelievable: Oklahoma GOPer uses term ‘Jew me down’


No matter how hard Republicans try and expand their voter base to be more inclusive of minority groups, it seems like there’s always someone in the ranks stepping up to botch the effort.

In March, it was Alaska Congressman Don Young, who used a derogatory term to describe the Latino individuals who worked on his father’s farm. “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young said in a radio interview with KRBD-FM.

With fellow Republicans rushing to distance themselves from his remarks, Young released a statement to apologize. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect,” read the statement.

Just as that hiccup in the outreach effort had drifted out of the headlines, a fellow Republican stepped up to fill the void.

On April 17, Oklahoma House Majority Leader Dennis Johnson used his time during a floor debate to discuss effective strategies for small business owners.

There’s such a thing called “niche marketing,” he began. “You find out what you do better than somebody else and that’s what you market.

So far, so good? Seems that way.

“Then you get the reward of success. People come back to you,” he continued. “They like the service they get, and they don’t ask me—they might try to Jew me down on a price, that’s fine. You know what? That’s free market as well.”

In Johnson’s case, we did not have to wait for a written mea culpa for his use of an anti-semitic slur on the House floor. Seconds after making the comment, Johnson is interrupted by an individual off-camera.

After a brief conversation, Johnson reverses course…sort of.

“I apologize to the Jews. They’re good small businessmen as well,” Johnson says.

In a later interview with The Oklahoman, Johnson explained that the comment “came out of one of the wrinkles of my brain and it was not something that was intentional.”

In the same interview, Johnson explains that he grew up hearing the term, but recognizes that it should not be used. Don Young expressed a similar sentiment in the aftermath of his use of the word “wetbacks.”

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/23/unbelievable-oklahoma-goper-uses-term-jew-me-down/

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JCB911
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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I know that is somehow offensive, but who doesn't say that?  I'm not even sure of a non-akward way of saying the same thing.

no offensive IMO, i'm not sure why people are so uptight about this stuff, or this remark at least.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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Who doesn't say that? Seriously? I don't. I would hope most people don't.

Quoting JCB911:

I know that is somehow offensive, but who doesn't say that?  I'm not even sure of a non-akward way of saying the same thing.

no offensive IMO, i'm not sure why people are so uptight about this stuff, or this remark at least.

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I honestly have never heard that. I grew up in a very diverse city and derogatory words were never used. Now I live in the back woods of Texas and its N this and N that among others.....

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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 Typical. Back in the 1950's when I was a teen, I used to hear relatives and friends of my parents use those names such as "chinks" and "degos" and they'd talk about "jewing someone down to get a good price" and they were prejudiced . Even at my young age as a teen, I didn't like what I heard. It was a mean spirited and cold way to treat people and it demeaned everyone who wasn't a white Protestant. And I see this kind of thing is still happening among certain GOP throwbacks. They're disgusting. And stupid.

amsp259
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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Plz if that's the worst than we r ok! It's not like he made home-made bombs or he killed people

nb34
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

SMH!

amsp259
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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Quoting lga1965:

 Typical. Back in the 1950's when I was a teen, I used to hear relatives and friends of my parents use those names such as "chinks" and "degos" and they'd talk about "jewing someone down to get a good price" and they were prejudiced . Even at my young age as a teen, I didn't like what I heard. It was a mean spirited and cold way to treat people and it demeaned everyone who wasn't a white Protestant. And I see this kind of thing is still happening among certain GOP throwbacks. They're disgusting. And stupid.

Lady go get laid! Seriously this bitching is getting old


rgba
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Yes, this.


Quoting LauraKW:

Who doesn't say that? Seriously? I don't. I would hope most people don't.



Quoting JCB911:

I know that is somehow offensive, but who doesn't say that?  I'm not even sure of a non-akward way of saying the same thing.

no offensive IMO, i'm not sure why people are so uptight about this stuff, or this remark at least.


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..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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Um...I don't say that and neither does anyone else I know. It's rude and ugly.

Quoting JCB911:

I know that is somehow offensive, but who doesn't say that?  I'm not even sure of a non-akward way of saying the same thing.

no offensive IMO, i'm not sure why people are so uptight about this stuff, or this remark at least.

chloedee
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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LOL "somehow offensive"? Is the concept of why it would be offensive really that vague to you? 

And no, I have never heard anyone say that in person and would be pretty taken aback and appalled if I did. 

Quoting JCB911:

I know that is somehow offensive, but who doesn't say that?  I'm not even sure of a non-akward way of saying the same thing.

no offensive IMO, i'm not sure why people are so uptight about this stuff, or this remark at least.



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