Raleigh's Racist Radio
If you see a black dude in the car next to you swerving down Highway 40 banging his fist on the dashboard while cussin' at the top of his lungs, he probably was channel surfing between K97.5 (the area Hip Hop Station) and Foxy 107 (the R@B station) and stumbled upon the WRDU's (106.1)
"Morning Rush Morning Show" with hosts KC O'dea and Carmen Connors, the Right Wings new dynamic duo.
Every morning they host a 100,000 watt Klan convention where they, basically, bash black folks for 3 1/2 hours.
See, while black folks in this part of NC are busy bobbin' their heads to Jay Z playing on the Russ Parr Morning Show or hee hawing over a Jay Anthony Brown funny courtesy of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Carolina conservative bigots are holding war room strategy sessions; planning a hostile take back of their country.
Besides the usual, "help, please save me...the coloreds are taking over the country !" mumbo jumbo, O'Dea and Connors make a point of bashing black leaders. There favorite targets being, of course, President Barack Obama,whom they, unaffectionately , call "P.BO" and now the head of the NC NAACP, Rev. William Barber, who they get a kick out of calling "Rev. Soul Glow."
This morning they thought one of their news stories about a bunch of Nazi yahoos in Detroit who put racist messages in Easter eggs at a church's children's Easter egg hunt was darn hilarious.
Of course, the excuse that Connors gave was the usual hypothetical example that white folks often parrot...
"If a black DJ had done it..."
Black radio stations are too afraid of losing their hip white listeners to risk offending them and secondly, they know that their sponsors would have a fit; unlike Right Wing Radio sponsors who feel that the more racist a talk show, the better for business. Especially since you have millions of Jim Bob's out there who still haven't gotten over the fact that if the president of the US of A puts on a bow tie and a pair of black spectacles, he would bare a striking resemblance to Malcolm X (in the right light.)
Most importantly, the folks who call into the station with their "fried chicken" jokes aren't listening for entertainment. They are waiting for their marching orders from the "Grand Dragons of morning drama."
As we enter into the first election cycle since WRDU (owned by the media giant Clear Channel) changed it's format to Right Wing Talk, don't be surprised if the station plays a major role in galvanizing their Conservative Storm Troopers to head to the polls decked out in white bed sheets and carrying Confederate flags while whistling , "I wish I was in Dixie."
Why aren't more black folks outraged?
I don't know.
Maybe they're scared that they might wake up in the middle of the night to the smell of crosses burning in their flower beds.
Or maybe the strategy is "ignore them and they'll go away.
Don't count on it.
Like Malcolm X said, keep playin' and they'll be building those gas ovens.
Maybe WRDU should change its motto to "Where Racists Dare Unite!"
Don' take my word for it. Listen to some of their clips yourself.
Paul Scott writes for No Warning Shots Fired.com. He can be reached at (919) 451-8283 or firstname.lastname@example.org