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Talk show hosts suspended over use of racial slur
Thursday, July 16, 2009 by Austin Monitor
Facing a backlash from Austinites unsatisfied with the station’s apology for a racial slur uttered by talk show host Don Pryor, KLBJ AM announced that the “The Todd and Don Show” has been suspended for two weeks and both Todd Jeffries and Don Pryor have been suspended without pay.
Pryor, the son of legendary radio personality Cactus Pryor, used the term “wetback” repeatedly during Tuesday’s program. It was apparently an attempt at satirical humor that fell short of its mark.
Asked whether he was trying to get Pryor fired,
Frank Fuentes, Chairman of the USHCA, said, “In this day and age, it is disheartening to know that prejudice and ignorance continues to thrive in Austin, one of the most progressive cities in the United States.” The association sought an apology, but Fuentes said the association might go farther and lead a boycott of both the station and its advertisers, pointing out that Hispanic consumers in
On Wednesday, Pryor did apologize on the air. However, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce found the apology inadequate. Their written statement said, “We acknowledge KLBJ’s on-air apology, but we simply cannot see how his statements could be perceived as a joke. It was deliberate, malicious and it is inconceivable how in this modern day words loaded with such hate can be used with such ease and disregard for their impact on an entire community. We are disappointed and dismayed that Mr. Pryor felt compelled to use the most offensive term against Hispanics.”
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