There's a good portion of the population of California -- and the nation -- that is opposed to issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens. These people have been called neocons, anti-immigrant, minutemen and, as of yesterday, "crackers."
So, who's tossing the racist slur around today? If you guessed a Democrat, you'd be right. This time it's the President pro Tem of the California Senate -- representing Bezerkley and its environs -- Don Perata.
Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata Thursday discussed the difficult political climate surrounding illegal immigration and as an example said “You've got all these crackers ... down in San Diego.”
At a briefing with reporters, the Oakland Democrat was asked about the prospects of pending legislation to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Though a similar bill has passed the Legislature before – only to be vetoed – Perata said he was cautious about moving the current bill to the governor's desk in an election year.
“Immigration is a red meat issue,” he said. “You've got all these crackers down in Southern Cal – ah, where is it, San Diego, taking on the governor. Even the governor was shocked.”
Perata appears to be a person of pallor, so I suppose it's OK for him to use the term "cracker."
If you feel differently, you can call him at one of the numbers listed on his Web page.
I should note that Perata did offer a "clarification" of his comments.
“Next time I come to Sacramento in August I'll be sure to run the air conditioner,” Perata said in a statement.
“I want to clarify something I said earlier today. While I am concerned about the coarse and divisive tone used by a small minority in the driver's license debate, I believe that the vast majority on both sides are people of good will.”
Coarse tone? Does he mean those who use racist slurs to describe their opponents?