Target: Texas Senatorial candidate Chris Mapp
Goal: Apologize for violent racial slur
Texas admittedly does not have the best reputation when it comes to tolerance and respect for diversity, but that negative tradition is no reason to sling mud during one’s Senatorial campaign. Republican candidate Chris Mapp recently told The Dallas Morning News‘s editorial board that ranchers should be able to shoot “‘wetbacks'” on their property, implying that human lives are less important than a ranch. He later informed the San Antonio Express-News that his remarks had been taken out of the context of his discussion of immigration policies, commenting, “We can’t have illegal immigrants, drug cartels, human traffickers or terrorists coming across our border. Our borders can either be sealed by choice or force, and so far choice hasn’t worked.” However, despite public outrage he has refused to issue a public apology for the racial epithet, calling it as “normal as breathing air in South Texas.”
From the responses of local officials and other candidates, it is clear that the winds of change are blowing in Texas; the chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party, Robert Stovall, told the San Antonio Express-News, “That is way out of bounds and I can’t imagine many people in Texas, much less Texas Republicans, voting for that guy. His views are in no way a reflection of the Republican Party nationally, statewide or in Bexar County.” Mapp’s opponent, Sen. John Cornyn, said, “That kind of rhetoric is discouraging from anybody. I recognize this is a free country but that’s not the sort of way to gain people’s confidence that you care about them and you want to represent their concerns in the halls of Congress.”
It is clear that his remarks are nothing short of a racist attempt to exclude Latinos both physically and rhetorically from the United States. His comments to The Dallas Morning News were unequivocally racist, no matter the context, and must not be excused in a congressional representative. By signing this petition, you are demanding that Mapp acknowledge and apologize for his derogatory statements and his defense of the racial slur he used.
Dear Chris Mapp,
Your recent comments to The Dallas Morning News‘s editorial board were shocking and disappointing. As a person seeking to represent a modern constituency as an honored member of the United States Senate, you are responsible for your own public words and actions in a way that private citizens are not, and as such you are responsible for eliminating offensive and racist language from your speech. You not only used a racial epithet and insinuated that Texans should be allowed to shoot people they perceive as Latinos, but you also later defended your use of that derogatory language, insisting it was taken out of context. However, there is no appropriate context for racial slurs.
I am urging you to issue a public apology for the violent, racist comments you made. I am demanding that you recognize the dangers of inciting racial violence against a group of people, and that you vow to never again use such language.
[Your Name Here]
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