Washington Lawmaker Apologizes For Calling Arizona ‘Racist Wasteland’
A state representative from Washington has publicly apologized for calling Arizona a “racist wasteland” in a Twitter rant over a football game. Democratic lawmaker Joe Fitzgibbon responded to the Seattle Seahawks recently losing to the Arizona Cardinals by tweeting, “Losing a football game sucks. Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot.”
After being slammed for his comments that eventually went viral, Fitzgibbon released a statement apologizing for his comments. “Sometime I mix sports and politics too much in my own brain, and I made a point not very delicately,” he said. “That was not a kind thing to say, and I’m sorry for what I said. It wasn’t fair to most people in Arizona.” However, Fitzgibbon also hinted that some people were unnecessarily taking his comments to heart and said that “if folks are going to take that too seriously, then I’m sorry about that.”
He also expanded on why he accused of Arizona of racism, explaining to Mike Baker of the Associated Press that Washington citizens “have not appreciated” Arizona’s discriminatory legislation against immigrants that leads to racial profiling. Recent examples of this include Senate Bill 1070, which allows and requires officers to question the immigration status of anyone suspected to be in the country illegally.
However, some of Fitzgibbon’s colleagues did not stand by his statements. Washington State Rep. J.T. Wilcox hinted that he found the racist wasteland comment offensive, tweeting that it “makes us all look bad.”