Jay Nordlinger: “No Apology Here”

Jay Nordlinger at the National Review has responded to criticism over his use of the word “wetback” in a recent column.

What has gotten knickers in a twist is that word “wetback.” What should have been clear is that I was reflecting a certain mentality: the mentality of Reagan’s critics, some of them, at that time. The angst over tax deals, amnesty deals, arms deals, etc.

I have no doubt that most readers knew what I was doing. But I guess you have to issue these little “clarifications” for the benefit of the dim.

Look: I am not a politician. I’m a writer. And if you don’t like what I write — for heaven’s sake, there are 8 billion others you can click on. I would further say to the complainers, using a phrase I’ve never liked, frankly: Get a life. Get a frickin’ life.

One more word: If people wet their pants on seeing the word “wetback,” this country is as far gone as the most pessimistic and alarmist people say it is.

Two more words: Good grief.

See everyone?  Jay’s not racist.  He was just “reflecting a certain mentality.”  Nothing to see here, move along.  Unbunch those panties, and untwist those knickers.

…..

Ahem.  Fucking racist.

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