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Abhorrent!

April 16th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

This is just too disgusting for words.

From the Arctic Sounder:

The state House of Representatives voted Sunday to condemn an “abhorrent” reference to Alaska Native women made by a host on a morning radio show in Anchorage, according to Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel.

The slur was made on Wednesday, April 9, shortly before 7 a.m. on the Woody and Wilcox show on KBFX 100.5 The Fox, said Michelle Davis.

Driving to her job in Anchorage that morning, Davis said she laughed as the two men discussed the car accidents around the city, and joked about how you weren’t a real Alaskan unless you’d crashed at a busy intersection.

Later, one of the DJs on the classic rock station tried to make a play off an old Alaska saying, and asked, “Have you made love to the Yukon and peed in a Native woman?” Davis said.

“I was horrified,” said Davis. “I was completely shocked, it took a long time to sink in, then I got to work and I sat down at my desk and cried. It’s such a degrading thing to say. It’s incredibly insulting.”

You can read the rest of the article on the Artic Sounder but there’s a few key issues up for consideration here. I work in sexual health and I’m down with people’s fetishes and choices around their sexual behaviours, however that’s definitely not the problem.

The issue is that Native women were singled out and again stereotyped into “promiscuous” and “deviant” sexual boxes. We are subservient beings in this statement and lost in bowing down to whatever comes our way to have sex with us.

And I’m so sick of it! Aren’t you?

The DJ was apparently playing into the old racist saying - “You’re not a real Alaskan unless you’ve peed in the Yukon and made love to a Native woman.”

Oh right. That makes it even better.

UPDATE!

Some good news, there has been a public uproar , apparently the racist DJ has been suspended and his pay during his suspension will be “donated to the appropriate charity” (whatever that actually means).

They definitely still need to hear the outrage so that further action can be taken and to ensure that NO ONE will stand for this vile display of inhumanity.

Contact the radio station and make your voice heard!

Tags: news flash, race and racism

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