Local radio host under fire for comments

April 18, 2008 9:07:40 AM PDT
Popular G105 radio talk show host Bob Dumas is under fire for comments he made about American Indians on Tuesday morning's show.

He went on to make fun of their traditional head dress and tee pees.

"The American Indian community in this state is outraged about what's going on," Gregory Richardson, executive director of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, said.

And the community is speaking up, calling the comments racially charged, degrading and inflammatory. They are even comparing it to comments made by Don Imus.

"I think in this case, like the Don Imus case, there should be some resignations, or there should some suspensions at least, and certainly there should be a apology," Richardson said.

A lot of people agree. The Indian Affairs Office has received dozens of e-mails, calling for the show to be pulled from the air and for it's staff to be fired.

"Everyone needs to file complaints," Richardson said. "I've encouraged everyone to write to G105 management and to also send copied of that info to the FCC."

Friday afternoon, the station posted an apology to listeners on its Web site. The statement says G105 does not condone inappropriate behavior, language or insensitive remarks.

However, the Indian Affairs Office doesn't think the apology is the end of things because of another comment that was made during the same show.

Indian Affairs expects an outcry from the African-American community.

"You think 40 years passes and you have these advancements and all these actions and overcoming institutionalized racism," concerned citizen Elk Richardson said. "But what was on the air Tuesday is just evidence that in a regulated manner, in the FCC, that it still goes on."

So far the show will go on and no one has been fired as a result of Tuesday's comments.


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