Below is an email I composed and sent to administration, faculty, staff, students, tribal leaders, community leaders, youth organizations, social justice groups, etc. about a podcast that was aired degrading people of color. You can read the email below. I encourage you to listen to the podcast (URL is located in the body of the email). Although I enjoy all of my freedoms and rights as an American, I do think we sometimes over-extend those freedoms and people abuse their powers.... Dear all, It has been brought to my attention that a program aired on G105 is racially charged and profiled against people of color. The program is heavily targeted against American Indian people, specifically the Lumbee, but also boast stereotypical negativity against Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. I have listened to the podcast and am disturbed that hatred, profiling and continuos degrading of people exist. Take a couple of minute to listen to the podcast. You can find it at: http://www.bobandtheshowgram.com/showgram_ondemand.html (click on Tuesday, Segment 1). This negative broadcasting affects our students (they listen to these personalities), our faculty, our staff, our stakeholders - our COMMUNITY, in many ways. It would be idea if we collectively could come to some understanding on how to address this issue and champion an effort of change in ways that are beneficial and meaningful. This is definitely a prime opportunity to provide quality education on the American Indian population in the state as well as provide positive education on other racial groups that have been negated in this podcast. Here are a couple of themes and stereotypes I noted: Indians are lazy. All Indian get "money." I have been waiting on my Indian money for 35 years now! All Indians live on reservations. If you don't, you are not a "real" Indian. (FACT: most Indians live in urban areas, period) Lumbee Indians just received recognition. The Lumbee were recognized by the State of North Carolina in 1885, and recognized federally in 1956, with the Lumbee Act of 1956. However, that same legislation in essence terminated the Lumbee as a people (we are recognized as a tribe but without all the benefits of other Federally Recognized groups). A tipi warming party? What is this? Sitting Indian style (it is nice to know we "own" a particular way of sitting). Inbreeds Lumbee women (reference to former Miss North Carolina and current Miss North Carolina- both Lumbee) What does an Indian look like (discussion on our pigmentation, etc). You cannot look at a person and decipher Indianness. There is "drumming" in the background of this dialogue, too. Clearly this podcast is a mockery of Indian people and a threat. A threat to our civilization, to our identity and to our survival as Indian people. I warn you, the podcast has some strong language and should not be listened to around children. Likewise, it poses a threat to Latino, to African American, to Asian, to women and others who were belittled, degraded and made a mockery of during its broadcast. I am not happy. PERIOD! And, I hope you are offended by it too!