Monday, March 20, 2017

Must not joke that Mexicans are poorly educated and earn low wages

Truth is no defense, of course

Two Snohomish County fire commissioners had a private conversation last week during which they made jokes about hiring Mexicans as cheap labor.

Meador and Chan apologized repeatedly. They said they wished the union had approached them personally before going public. Chan said the board’s swift response made him feel like someone who got caught "picking your nose in the grocery store."

On the March 7 recording, Chan joked about whether it would be cheaper to hire Mexican immigrants to work for the fire district, which has been short on paramedics.

Meador said, "I don’t want those immigrants. They can’t do the job."

The comments occurred during a break. The board’s secretary had turned the audio system back on, before the meeting reconvened, so the system could warm up, Reading said. The audio system picks up more sound than the desktop microphones, he said.

In an interview Friday afternoon, Meador said he is not anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant. "It was a joking thing," he said. "… I have Mexican grandchildren."

Chan is a Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders and Meador is an independent and they like to rib each other, Chan said. Chan on Friday brought up President Donald Trump several times and said that Trump’s comments about Mexicans have been "much more worse"



Bird of Paradise said...

No more Free Speech even in privacy looks like Big Brother is everywhere banning any words that make little snowflakes cry too bad they didnt tell the illegal aliens to SWIM BACK

Anonymous said...

Liberals have no sense of humor.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Anon 1:14 Thats becuase liberals are a whole bunch of born whiners while most all kids quit whining at a certian age they never gave up whining they just sit around all day going WHINE,WHINE,WHINE

Anonymous said...

Sadly the truth hurts and people are offended but there should not be repercussions from expected private conversations. The person who allowed that conversation to be heard publicly should also be sacked because of lack of due diligence.

Darzee the Tailorbird said...

Q.What do you call a basement full of liberals? A. A whine cellar