Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York Congressional Candidate: Deport Latinos, Bus In Inner-City Blacks

posted by: Robin Marty
New York Congressional Candidate: Deport Latinos, Bus In Inner-City Blacks

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A New York Republican thinks he has the perfect answer to unemployment in the state. His proposal? Deport the Latino farmworkers and ship the African American inner-city youth in to work instead.

Via Mother Jones:

A Republican candidate running for Rep. Chris "Craigslist" Lee's seat in upstate New York isn't doing his scandalized party any favors. Jack Davis, a local businessman vying for the seat, shocked local GOP leaders by suggesting that the area's Hispanic farmworkers should be deported, and that inner city blacks should be bused in to pick the crops instead, as The Buffalo News reports.

Davis made the comments during a February 20 endorsement interview with local Republican Party leaders—and it's not the first time he's floated the idea. In 2008, Davis told another local paper: "We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work."

Davis, when questioned about his remark, replied "It's politics." His spokesperson was only slightly more expansive, stating they "may not be politically correct and ... may not be racially correct."

Of course, the unanswered question as to why Hispanic farmworkers aren't being offered a "decent wage" to begin with also will never be addressed by the party.

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