Firefighters' shirt called 'ethnically insulting'

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Updated: 3/11 12:54 pm

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Orange County Fire Authority officials have yanked fundraising T-shirts that featured caricatures of firefighters in baggy gangster-style clothing and a chicken atop a fire engine outfitted with low-rider rims.

The Orange County Register reports firefighters at Rancho Santa Margarita's Station 45 produced the shirts to raise money for the family of a deceased colleague.

The design also pictured a vendor with a fire helmet and a droopy mustache hawking tamales, while a pit bull stares menacingly.

The shirt reads: "There goes the neighborhood."

Santa Ana Councilwoman Michelle Martinez complained and Fire Chief Keith Richter called the shirts "ethnically insulting."

The station no longer sells the shirts and firefighters there said they meant no offense.


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freedomrings - 3/15/2014 3:27 PM
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I'm offended that she's offended.

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Speed - 3/12/2014 1:42 PM
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I'm sure getting tired of all the Minority Racists (actually a MAJORITY if you compare them as a group against the White Single Male)whining about everything being insulting to their Ethnicity. There's a very simple cure for their thin skins-DON'T LOOK! EVERY minority seems to want to tell everyone else what to say or do,and that's just not America. I couldn't care LESS what others say about my particular race,or combination of races,since I'm something of a Heinz 57, (OOPS-that's probably "racist",too!) if they want to get insulting,I don't feel obliged to participate,nor do I feel a need to get my nose out of joint over what they say. How hard is THAT? These race-baiters need to grow up.

FoolontheHill - 3/11/2014 7:25 PM
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Why didn't they show toothless pregnant whites in run down mobile homes,or seven Polack firemen trying to change a light bulb? THAT would be funny!

BR549 - 3/11/2014 3:59 PM
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Sounds like the council-woman Martinez needs to lighten up.With all the problems in California,seems to me she has enough to worry about!

nubgnngs42 - 3/11/2014 1:16 PM
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Maybe the ones that don't like it should stop being RACISTS themselves.
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