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Michael Savage, 350 radio stations nationwide, opines about Africa with a caller, Kojo:

KOJO: How AIDS got there -- do you know how the AIDS got there? You know how it got there?

SAVAGE [mocking Kojo's accent]: Yeah, I know how it got there, I know how it got there. It got there because it was spread from eating green monkey meat, my friend. If you study the science -- but I don't think you have the capacity to understand science, my dear friend Kojo.

KOJO: You have a big old mouth. You don't listen to nobody. You are criticizing African people, you are criticizing --

SAVAGE: Why don't you just shut up for a minute. You're telling me that you know more about my country than I do but I know nothing about your country. Who has the big mouth here, Kojo?

KOJO: You criticize the president, the candidate, everybody. Why don't you be a president of the United States, you stupid man --

SAVAGE: See, we don't live in Africa where people settle arguments with machetes. We live in a country where we settle it with arguments. Something you apparently don't know anything about.


What's the matter, cat got your tongue, my friend, Kojo?

[sound of dial tone]

See, there you go. Couldn't use the machete so his mind went blank. There, that's what we got. There's multiculturalism for you. There's immigration for you. There's the new America for you. Bring them in by the millions. Bring in 10 million more from Africa. Bring them in with AIDS. Show how multicultural you are. They can't reason, but bring them in with a machete in their head. Go ahead. Bring them in with machetes in their mind.

Imus, of course, got fired for far less. So has Limbaugh, in the past. In fact, you'd maybe have to go back a half century or more to find a time when this sort of explicit "Africans are subhuman" crap was acceptable public discourse.

But the difference is, of course, that if you've got a syndicator that thrives on racist stuff, you can't get fired for it. And none of the station managers that carry Savage's program give a damn, either. Think they'll apologize for running racist drivel right from the Klan or Stormfront spigot? Think Bob Agnew, of KNEW radio in San Francisco (Savage's home station), gives a damn, when he brags about the ratings that Savage gets? Of course not.

So we're stuck with Klan Radio, because Klan Radio pays the bills, and advertisers don't have any problems advertising on a program that asserts Africans "can't reason" except with "machetes", and the hundreds of program directors and station managers that broadcast those words -- while they will assure you, no doubt, that they deplore racism -- find quite enough merit in Savage's words to make sure they continue to put them out over their airwaves.

Savage won't apologize, because he doesn't have to. Klan speech sells. Advertisers buy racism.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 02, 2008 at 05:38 PM PST.

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