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Lawmaker Calls Mexican Workers "Illiterate Peasants"

9:15 AM, Apr 22, 2008   |    comments
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(Colorado) - A Colorado lawmaker is feeling the backlash of calling Mexican workers "illiterate peasants." State Representative Douglas Bruce made the remark during a debate on the Statehouse floor. Lawmakers had been discussing a bill designed to ease a shortage of farm workers in Colorado. Bruce was ordered to leave the podium immediately after the remark. But he says he knew exactly what he was saying. “Are they denying that these people are likely to be illiterate? I looked up both words….I looked up “illiterate" in the dictionary and it means someone who is lacking a formal education…I don’t think these people who are planning to come over here to pick potatoes or peaches are likely to have a formal education to do that…I looked up the word “peasant”. The word peasant means a person who works in agricultural fields. So there was nothing untrue about the statement”, said Rep. Bruce. This isn't the first time Bruce has provoked controversy. Back in January, he became the first Colorado lawmaker censured by the House, after he kicked a newspaper photographer for taking his picture during a prayer. What do you think of Rep. Bruce remarks? Post your comments below.

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