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Re: J R's Saturday Forum Letter: A Reader Calls Guzzardi A "Wop" And A "Racist"
Wop means "With Out Papers" J R is, in effect, referring to illegal aliens…something Guzzardi is not.
Unfortunately, the slur "Wop" stuck to an undeserved segment of our legal immigrant history.
Joe Guzzardi comments: I am amazed I did not know this. Of course, my family and all their friends were legal immigrants and therefore had appropriate papers. And, as you can imagine, "Wop" never came up in conversations around the house. I may have been in my early teens before I ever heard the word.