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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Racist Albany

Wow, this is my neck of the woods; Albany's only an hour or two from Ithaca. It seems two weeks ago, a local Albany station, WRCZ 94.5 FM that broadcasts all over New York aired a couple of DJs (JR Gach and Pi) who, I assume, were recently inducted into the KKK and were on the air to flaunt it. Over the course of two days, they made repeated racist comments against African Americans, and even threw in some derogatory remarks towards Asian / Asian Americans just to prove their equal-opportunity intolerance. Audio clips and more information can be downloaded here: http://www.asianmediawatch.net/945fm/. Here are the transcripts:

June 21, 2005: JR: Man, I'm telling you [the towing company] was first class. They got here in a hurry they took care of Alicia because she was freaking. She's a single mom. She's got kids waiting for her and all that kind of stuff. So, you know typical black.
June 22, 2005: Pi: You're gonna wear your Remote shirt? JR: No. Pi: No? JR: Well. Maybe I will. Pi: [laughter] JR: Come to think of it I have it over at Bok Choy's cleaning it. I have it over at Bok Choy's Deluxe Cleaners on Western Avenue. And uh. He says "Man, dat big shirt. Big shirt. I neva seen such big shirt before. Preez shirt. Preez shirt. Big shirt." [imitating Asian accent with Asian music playing in background] And your point is? You slant-eyed little gook. Just clean it. Pi: "Want some chicken?" [imitating Asian accent] JR: I don't want you know any chicken. Just clean my shirt. I don't need any commentary. This ain't no NBC color television production. ... [Takes a caller] Caller: Cameras protect the white people from the black people because the black people are always robbing the white people. JR: "Wake up white people. There it is. It's always them coloreds. It's them coloreds. Wake up white people. [Laughter] Don't you know there's some blacks out there saying [imitating a black accent] "Wake up colored people. It's whites thats causing all the trouble. Wake up black people. Wake up colored people." Jesus. Do we get them here or what? ... JR: So they put up a whole bunch of wireless cameras [in downtown Schenectedy, NY] Like all of a sudden all of the bad guys on the street get the word that the cameras are up [imitating a black accent] "Oh man. We better pack our stuff and go someplace else you know. We better like go uh out you know out to Scodak or something you know what I'm saying man? We don't want to mess with them wireless cameras. You know that's some bad stuff. You know? Pi: Yeah. They can see us and what not." JR: Yeah. [imitating a black accent] Pi: They can see our teeth and eye balls. [imitating a black accent] JR: Yeah. Exactly. The whites of our eyes. You know. And our toofeses (teeth) too man. [imitating a black accent] ... [Plays "When the Saints Go Marching In" by Louis Armstrong"] JR: [imitating Louis Armstrong] "Pick that cotton. [laughter] [sings imitating Louis Armstrong] Nobody knows the trouble I seen. Nobody knows my trials. You know I've been to the mountain top! Summertime and the living is easy. Catfish jumping and the cotton is high. Your daddy's rich and your momma's good looking. So ah hush little baby. Don't you cry." Pi: Isn't is a coincidence that Michael Jordan is doing commercials for cotton underwear? [laughter] What? Anyone else notice that? JR: Hi. I'm Michael Jordan. I'm wearing cotton underwear. I picked it myself.
If this offended you, which I'm hoping it has, please visit http://www.asianmediawatch.net/945fm/ and fill out the email form to send a letter to WRCZ 94.5 and its parent owner, Galaxy Communications letting them know that this kind of speech cannot be tolerated. Recently, someone told me that I should move to the Deep South to experience the ignorance of whites towards the minority struggle. This is proof that I don't have to.

7 Comments:

Blogger nykol said...

sad, pathetic, and disgusting.

7/13/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger nykol said...

just signed the letter and added the following to the letter, at the end of the first paragraph:


".......and perpetuate stereotypes that not only are false but weaken any possibility of a working and humane relationship among all people, regardless of their background, race, or ethnicity."

Being from NYC and hanigng out upstate, I knew things were bad - this just confirms it.

7/13/2005 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

I'm wondering if I should even take these guys seriously.

7/13/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

thank you chesire for signing the letter! i'm planning on writing a full letter later this evening when i get a chance to listen to the audio clips (stupid emac doesn't have windows media player and I don't want to write an uninformed letter).

7/13/2005 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

Hell, I'd write an uninformed letter anyway because this sort of thing shouldn't be tolerated, even in jest. I don't care who is being mocked. It's just not on, and it's so typical of people these days (of any race). It needs to be stopped. *is seriously outraged*

Will they take comments from people outside the country?

7/13/2005 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

Bollocks. They've disabled the form, but included information for the station, the parent company as well as the FCC....*muses about writing all three*

(sorry for the epithet, Jenn...I'm just seriously annoyed)

7/13/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Rtother said...

What idiots those guys are. E-mail sent.

7/13/2005 05:55:00 PM  

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