Radio Racism: Why Do Whites Ignore Canadian “Illegals”?

An article in the May 27th issue of the Columbus Dispatch features a story about a recent promotion sponsored by local radio station WTVN-AM (610).

Reacting against Columbus’ Mayor’s suspension of city travel to Arizona, the promotion offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix “where Americans are proud and illegals are scared.” In addition, the winner would have the opportunity to “spend a weekend chasing [illegal] aliens . . .”

The station said that this promotion was the most popular it had ever had: more than 5,000 people entered.

Several pro-immigrant groups denounced the promotion’s “attack on the immigrant community” and asked the station to apologize. Mike Elliott, the station’s program director, said that he would not apologize and dismissed claims that the promotion showed racial bias.

He elaborated: “It comes down to the word illegal for me. It’s not a race thing. It’s a legal thing. If you’re breaking the law, it doesn’t matter where you’re from.”

Funny you should mention race, Mike. Would a similar promotion about the many Canadian illegals in the US stimulate such a massive response?

Would your station promote a trip where the winner would be able to chase Canadian illegals as if they were animals?


  1. Seattle in Texas

    Yeah, I bet those white folks have never done any thing illegal or broken the law…like EVER…. If only we all walked on water….

    I’m assuming they’ve got U.S. workers lined up to replace all the work the undocumented workers are doing? (for the same pay and under the same conditions of course)

    So it’s not illegal for those who make the profits to solicit the workers into the U.S. and pay for various things they need to illegally obtain “legal” work??? Here’s an idea, let’s make everybody “legal”–“legalize”, if we did that, that would help take care of the horrible exploitation taking place too….

    It was mentioned in an earlier post that European nations are getting “old” and are in need of immigration…why don’t all those while folks who are sniffling and crying about “illegal immigrants” and telling them to “go home” (as well as other racial and ethnic groups) take that advice themselves and consider returning to their “home”–the nations their ancestors immigrated from? It sounds like many are in need of more people?

    And the saying, “Where Americans are proud and illegals are scared”…we all reside on the North American continent…how is it that only those “legals” in the U.S. are “the” only Americans?? I have many issues with the conception of the “American” social construct anyway, but the usage above is absurd…and who was it that named this continent “America” in the first place??

  2. libertyspeaks

    I agree with Seattle cause illegals from Mexico are here because American industry has wanted them here for centuries. They are cheap labor and there are signs all along the Rio Grande that say Help Wanted. The reason the white man ignoes canadian people illegal is because they are white like the white Americans themselves.It’s a shame because the white Americans have grown rich on the backs of wetbacks and that’s an insulting name to call Mexicans really.

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