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Immigration Quote of the Day, Courtesy of Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck

March 14th, 2011 · 5 Comments

In case ustedes missed it, Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck likened undocumented immigrants to feral hogs today and then backtracked a bit saying he was just joking.

If you click here, you will find the audio where Peck speaks about shooting feral hogs as a good way to control illegal immigration.

This is precisely the kind of rhetoric that our community and all Americans need to push back against. The humans who toil in the farms and ranches in Kansas, who clean buildings, and more are not animals. It’s one thing to make a joke amongst friends (and even this sort of joke is sick), but it’s another matter to speak freely in a state house Appropriations Committee Meeting likening humans to hogs. While I completely support free speech, this kind of talk coming from legislators fuels an already toxic and inane discourse on immigration, which some argue lead to tragedies like this and this.

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  • 1 Santiago // Mar 15, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Audio/Video: Rep. Virgil Peck: Exterminate Immigrants Like Hogs, Shoot Them!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WocgmdFTN24

  • 2 Senorita Bonita Arizona // Mar 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Let his office know what your feel
    virgil@virgilpeck.com

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  • 4 Chicano future tense // Mar 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    LPG..once again thanks for reporting this particular incident.I imagine stuff like this is so common these days that it would be almost impossible to get around to each and every one.

    I mean,there is so much hatred and disrespect directed against Latinos especially Mexicans.
    I think it would be a safe assumption to make that this is how tens of millions of non-Latino americans think of us with hatred and total contempt.

    Also,you ever notice how so many of those politicians who voice these types of bigoted hate filled views seem to get a boost-gain in their careers and political support from white and other non-Latino people the more hate they speak,the more their support gains.

    Such views and attitudes are being manifested in other areas of american life besides just speech.Just look,study all the latest economic and social indicators and you will clearly see that the standard of living is going down hill big time for Latinos at an alarming rate which even exceeds African american decline.
    This trend,if it continues will have the majority of Latinos at the rock bottom “underclass” of american society comprising a new american style “caste” system,where Latinos become the “untouchables”.

    We’re talking about a huge mega barrio of crime,unemployment,misery and despair.Even the fragile Latino middle class has been decimated by unemployment,lay-offs and business closures,add to that equation the destruction which home foreclosures have wreaked upon Latinos and you don’t have a very pleasant picture of the future.Most of the Latino middle class will in time be pushed further down into the ranks of the poor.

    What I’m saying here is that hate speech is is a real indicator-the tip of the iceberg,which covers real economic,social and effects and trends which have terrible effects upon us.
    One can ignore hate speech,but not economic and social deprivation.

  • 5 You Don’t Respect Me, Huh? // Mar 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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