January 12, 2009
United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Mr. Specter,
As representatives of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, the largest ethnic credit union in the US, we are compelled to voice the concern of our fellow Poles regarding the hateful and distasteful anti-Polish remark you made during the meeting of the Commonwealth Club.
The overwhelming majority of our 70,000 members were born in Poland, which had struggled for independence for centuries and yet proved to be the home of the bravest soldiers who fought for their own independence and often for the freedom of other nations as well.
Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski, to name just two of the most famous Poles who are also US heroes, were born in the same Poland that you now demean and ridicule in your racist jokes. How can you, a representative of the state with over 800,000 residents of Polish descent, so brazenly deride this vital part of your constituency?
Your comments on the alleged Polish imbecility can under no circumstances be easily forgiven or forgotten; you have let down not only your voters, but the entire nation. As a member of the US Senate, you damage the ideal of democracy when you choose to offend people who helped create the free world we live in.
The Polish-American community, which has never gotten much help from politicians of your ilk, has been deeply affected by your ethnic slur. Our members who through thrift and self-reliance have built a prosperous financial institution (a rarity in these difficult times) are particularly insulted. What are your plans to make up for your hurtful actions?
We believe that you should apologize, through the largest venue possible, to the entire Polish-American community and to all Poles who now live in a peaceful and democratic Poland.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of PSFCU
Chief Executive Officer of PSFCU
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