We are outraged with a public presentation of racially degrading and inflammatory comments similar to those by the ''Don Imus Show'' that infuriated the American public. On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, the world remembers and reviews advances made in American society by diverse ethnic groups to overcome racial disparities. Incidents such as these by media personalities on G105 evidence that the institution of racism is ever present, and demands redress and response by corporate America and government.
As leaders of North Carolina's American Indian tribes, we will not tolerate the divisive and inflammatory statements made by radio talk show hosts Bob Dumas, Mike Morse, Kentucky Kristin, and intern Chelsea Prior, on April 1. ''Bob and the Showgram'' has a history of controversial broadcasts and has had subsequent disciplinary action, apparently to no avail. The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs will not tolerate this type of degradation towards American Indians, and demands the immediate termination of the radio talk show host, co-hosts and the executive producer of this show. The commission also calls for the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Clear Channel Communications Corp. and examine Clear Channel's history, tolerance and promotion of this type of inflammatory and reprehensible programming.
The statements made by these media personalities are not part of an isolated incident. Rather, this show contains derogatory and insulting comments against American Indians, African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics. G105's ''Bob and the Showgram's'' remarks triggered an uproar by American Indians in North Carolina, due to its direct targeting of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, the largest American Indian tribe east of the Mississippi River.
Statements such as ''Indians are lazy,'' ''Lumbees are inbred'' and references to Pocahontas as ''Poca-Ho-tas'' and Sacajawea as ''Sacacooter'' are slanderous and insulting to all American Indians, as well as the descendants and families of these two great historic American Indian women. The dialogue referring to a ''tipi warming party'' demonstrates that these individuals have no knowledge of North Carolina American Indian tribes and cultures. Such statements are further indicative of these individuals' insensitivity, gross ignorance and blatant bigotry against American Indians across this great nation.
The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs calls for all local, state, national and tribal officials to condemn such programming on the public airwaves.
- Paul Brooks,chairman, North CarolinaCommission of Indian AffairsRaleigh, N.C.