Have shock-jock radio DJs not learned anything from Imus’ example?
It would appear not since the latest contributor to the Hall of Fame of Beyond Bad Taste thinks it’s okay to wish death upon a group of Latino kids who only want to go to school.
(Extremist) Conservative radio talk show host, Michael Savage, referenced the news story about some California Latino college students who have gone on a fast to get Congress’ attention to pass the part of the immigration reform bill that will let them work legally and attend school. It is known as the Dream Act.
Savage, in particularly savage remarks, said:
“I would say, let them fast until they starve to death then that solves the problem. Because then we won’t have a problem about giving them green cards because they’re illegal aliens, they don’t belong here to begin with.”
Obviously, Savage doesn’t know what he’s talking about – but that’s how these so-called conservative radio talk show hosts earn their living.
Otherwise, he would know that of the 65,000 children who are undocumented and attend US schools, a good number of them only know life in this country.
Rodrigo, a UC Berkeley sophomore who also declined to give his last name because he is undocumented, said he barely remembers the village in southern Mexico that he left as a 6-year-old after the death of his father, a peasant farmer.
“I can’t go back; I don’t know anything about Mexico,” said Rodrigo, 19, who speaks flawless English and hopes one day to become a lawyer. “The DREAM Act will benefit students like me who are ready to go to college, ready to help their community and invest in the economy.”
Rodrigo is only one example of a child who is fully indoctrinated as an American that to send him back to the country of his birth would feel like exile from the only home he has known.
Savage’s remarks were unwarranted and demeaning and he deserves to be disciplined as such.
It is reported by Media Matters that Savage’s show reaches 6 million listeners a week.
Any broadcaster that can claim an audience of more than one has a responsibility not to convey hate over the airwaves.
We already know that for people who are extreme in their thinking and their actions, comments such as Savage’s can be the spark that ignites reckless and harmful behavior, leaving behind victims.
It’s one thing to voice disagreement but it’s quite another to abuse a privileged platform to reach the masses with comments that can be construed to mean that a certain group of people have no value to society, and therefore aren’t worth living.
And to say that specifically about children who only want to go to school so they can work and have a future â€” it’s a hate comment, plain and simple.
There should be sanctions and penalties for comments such as these from whomever makes them over the airwaves.
The only way to stem the rising tide of hate in this country, and it is rising, is to make sure that it is not fueled by people like Savage who has only one agenda â€” himself.
But these kinds of comments are not new with Savage. In 2003, he was fired by MSNBC for making anti-gay comments. Back then, he wished death on all the gays.
It’s obvious the only thing worth killing is this guy’s access to the airwaves.
Thankfully, a group of people are spearheading action be taken against Savage. They call themselves the Comite de Padres Unidos.
The Comite de Padres Unidos has drafted a petition to get Savage disciplined.
The text of the petition is as follows:
From: Mark Silverman
I am forwarding this emergency sign-on letter from El Comite de Padres Unidos located in San Francisco, California, which condemns Michael Savage’s comments wishing that students fasting in support of the DREAM Act would die. Here is the URL which you can click on to see Savage’s truly savage and horrible comments. We are sending this letter to you again because you can access the full text as reported on the Media Matters URL below.
DECLARATION AND SIGN ON LETTER FROM EL COMITE DE PADRES UNIDOS
We of el Comite de Padres Unidos are asking that other organizations and individuals to sign on to this letter as soon as possible. You can sign on for your organizacion by replying to Leticia Zamora at email@example.com with the name of your organization. Please indicate if you wish to “sign on” to the entire letter or just the two paragraphs. If you don’t specifically indicate a preference, we will assume that you are signing on to the entire letter.
Here is a quote from Michael Savage’s July 5th broadcast when he discussed a fast organized by students from across California to show their support for the DREAM Act.
“I would say, let them fast until they starve to death then that solves the problem. Because then we won’t have a problem about giving them green cards because they’re illegal aliens, they don’t belong here to begin with.” You can find more information by googling Media Matters – Savage on immigrant students’ hunger strike
On the 5th of July of this year, Mr. Savage whose show is carried by a Bay Area radio station as well as many more throughout the country, said the following about students from all over California who have been fasting to support the DREAM Act. “I would say, let them fast until they starve to death then that solves the problem. Because then we won’t have a problem about giving them green cards because they’re illegal aliens, they don’t belong here to begin with.”
We feel offended by Mr. Savage’s comments, that are only promoting hate among his listeners, to the point of wanting the death of these young people.
We believe that this person is promoting hate against immigrant communities. We think that it is horrible that a person who is listened to by so many people, is saying something so barbaric, wanting the death of these young people who are very dedicated to their studies and whose only sin is that they are children of immigrants who had no say in coming to the U.S. when they were brought here by their parents when they were very young.
In addition, they are dedicated to be good students, and among them there are many who have a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average), and they are sacrificing so much for what they believe is a just cause.
We are also supporting the DREAM Act because it is fair for these young people and good for our economy since many Americans will be retiring very soon and we will need these students to help pay our Social Security. The Dream Act will also benefit all the American people.