Can we talk? I am writing in hopes that other local residents will demand that the tenor of some of our local talk radio shows be changed for the better.
Why can't a meaningful racial dialogue take place rather than what seems to be old-fashioned race-baiting on the local airwaves? I occassionally monitor local programs in order to gauge both the reaction of the listeners on important topics and to determine how the issues are being framed by the hosts.
What occurs locally can be embarrassing, to say the least, and not conducive to a positive racial dialogue. Rather, the goal seems to be to inflame emotions, specifically, the fears of the white listeners.
On one show in particular, the topic of the host was how scared she was because an Internet post urged violence against whites. I have seen equally negative and inappropriate posts against minorities — and much more frequently, I may add, but I guess a show about white racism, as it exists today, would not be good for the ratings.
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The host actually wanted black listeners to call and assure her that black people were not going to go out and attack whites.
Has your jaw dropped yet? I hope so. In another hour, the topic was black-on-white crime, despite the fact that most crime is intra-racial for either group. During this show, the host managed to say the word "black" approximately 40 times, which may be sufficient to qualify her for the Guiness Book of Records, since she has about 20 minutes of airtime after callers, commercials and news are taken into account.
Equally disgusting, is the tactic of putting on a pedestal any black person who disagrees with President Barack Obama. It is time for Lexingtonians to express their displeasure with this vitriol by calling the sponsors when they hear this ugliness to alert them to the tone of the shows and to inform them that their sponsorship is not an effective way to promote their product, since it has resulted in the loss of a customer.
Tell them that Lexington deserves better than this.