Wednesday, March 16, 2011

State rep. Virgil Peck jokes about killing immigrants...

"It might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog
population has been controlled -- with hunters shooting from helicopters."

We stand for this kind of behavior from our state reps?! Absurdity that someone thinks it is acceptable to talk like this!

Email the Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck and tell him what you think!

Not sure what to say? Here's the letter written by Veronica Limeberry of Leaning Toward the Sunlight, it should get you in the right direction!

Hello, my name is Veronica Limeberry and I am from Appalachia--Tennessee to be exact, and I am completely offended, disgraced, and outraged at your commentary on immigrants. As Americans, and especially as people who come from rural
heritage, we must step up to the plate and show that we are not backwards, ignorant, or disrespectful towards human life. You have not only exploited your power as a senator to demean the lives of living human beings, but you have attempted to support your outrageous remarks with your cultural heritage--furthering notions that rural people are incompetent, racist fools. In the Huffington Post today, Janet Murguia (from your own state of Kansas) stated "When political leaders suggest violence as a means to an end, even jokingly, their comments add to the public perception that such actions are acceptable. Peck doesn't think he did anything wrong. He needs to understand that this type of rhetoric has no place in public discourse," and I entirely agree with her. Immigrants, illegal or not, are living human beings, regardless of their national status. Because some may be in the U.S. "illegally" trying to improve their lives, just as our forefathers did centuries ago, does not make them any less human. Calling for the inhumane murder of humans beings is not a joke. I hope that you are aware of the image that your language has given to not only yourself, but to Kansas, to rural people, and to America. You have disgraced us as a nation. I hope that are able to rectify your outrageous statement and that you work towards addressing the human side of immigration before you write these people off as nothing more than "feral hogs."


Veronica Limeberry

On a final note I would like to add that if the feral hogs community had a voice they would not be pleased either.

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