“This is the God’s honest truth,” Dumas said on the air. “You can look at the statistics—Indians are lazy.”
The on-air exchange began when a white intern at the station—Chelsea Pryor, who has attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke—told Dumas and his co-hosts that she was marrying a Lumbee.
“Hey, white girl. After you get married, are you going to have a teepee-warming party?” someone quipped. “I could give you a pelt or something.”
Morgan Brittany Hunt, a Lumbee who works with the tribe by talking with teens about the consequences of smoking, called the comments racist.
“We have doctors, we have lawyers, we have businessmen,” she said. “We may have people who don’t have their four-year degree, but who get up and work hard to provide for their family. I was really upset.”
Hunt said the show is a hot topic in Pembroke.
“Everybody’s in an uproar,” she said. “It’s slander and racism. (Don) Imus was fired for a lot less than what aired” on G105.
Re "You can look at the statistics—Indians are lazy":
Which statistics are those, moron? I've looked at plenty of statistics and I haven't seen any on Indians' laziness. Feel free to enlighten us.
If you're talking about unemployment rates, those don't prove Indians are lazy. The only thing they prove is that Indians are unemployed. The main reason for that is the lack of jobs on reservations.
Comments like these are the product of centuries of racism and stereotyping among Euro-Americans. For instance, check out the following quotes from Good-for-Nothing Indians:
Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes, 16th centuryBy nature Indians are very lazy and sworn enemies of work. They prefer to suffer hunger than to fatigue themselves with agriculture. Therefore, they must be forced to do this by their superiors. With six industrious Europeans one can do more in one day than fifty Indians.
Joseph Och, Missionary in Sonora: Travel Reports of Joseph Och, S.J., 1755-1767
For the last right-wing shock jock who demonstrated America's racism against Indians, see Minn. Shock Jocks: Indian Youth Suicide Is Caused by Incest.