Tuesday morning self-proclaimed redneck G105 DJ Bob Dumas had a 15-minute diatribe degrading Native Americans, calling them lazy and mocking their traditional dress. The comments were directed to an intern for the show who is engaged to a member of the Lumbee tribe.
She was asked by Co-host Mike Morse, “After you guys get married, are you going to have a tepee-warming party?”—which of course is a shelter once used by the Plains Indians but never by any tribes in NC.
Dumas is host of Bob and the Showgram on G105, 105.1 FM WDCG-FM of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. His program is produced by media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications, which pays Dumas a six-figure salary for his weekday morning show. These remarks are the latest outrage from a DJ with a track record encouraging drivers to terrorize bicyclists, promoting a heterosexual parade in Chapel Hill to mock homosexuals, and making racist remarks regarding the American Idol winner in 2004.
Today the NC Commission of Indian Affairs hosted a protest on the capital grounds with speakers from the Lumbee tribe, NAACP, and other organizations to take a stand against the remarks made on G105. Approximately 250 people showed up to support the impromptu press conference. I encourage you to email the vice president and general manager of G105, Dick Harlow, and let him know that he has a duty to keep racist and bigoted remarks off the airwaves, despite his weak on-air apology and WDCG’s statement:
WDCG apologizes to any listener that may have found remarks or recordings played Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 during Bob and the Showgram to be offensive, derogatory or insensitive. WDCG does not condone inappropriate behavior, language or insensitive remarks.
Dumas was suspended until Monday, although I believe he should be removed from Raleigh’s airwaves.
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