Sunday, March 25, 2012

Republican Racism Example #48: A Christian Radio Station Manager Calls Obama A "Dumb Ni**er"


So much for that whole “love thy neighbor as yourself” thing.

I have repeatedly documented on this blog that rightwing Republican racists are apparently not yet aware that when they post their hateful thoughts on social media or via email that these unpleasant words will  get out to the general public.  Such is the case of Teddy Oyler, a manager of a “Christian” radio station who posted this about Barack Obama in a thread about the president’s recent visit to Oklahoma:

“Obama isn’t that smart he is a dumb ni**er.”

Oyler manages and serves as engineer at “The Gospel Station” at 93.9 FM in Ada, Oklahoma.  The offensive post was first noticed by a regular reader of the Unicorn Booty webpage. The reader contacted Oyler and the station owner and received a hostile reception.  The station owner initially said he had never heard of Oyler.   (See http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2012/03/23/christian-radio-station-manager-calls-president-obama-dumb-nr-on-facebook/). The reader sent this message to the Unicorn Booty website:

“Hey there, I just wanted to let you know about an incident yesterday. Oklahoma Christian Radio Station Manager Teddy Oyler of 93.9 FM called President Obama a ‘dumb ni**er’ on Facebook, we have tried to contact the owner of the radio station about this, but he has blown us off. Not only did he blow it off, he gave a veiled threat to not let this get out. Can you please help in getting the word out?’

Unicorn Booty made a screen capture of the Facebook exchange in question:


As the Addicting Info website reports, “The station’s Facebook page has become inaccessible. The station is owned by South Central Oklahoma Central Broadcasting, which is registered as a non-profit, meaning they pay no corporate taxes on an estimated income of about $1 million.”

A former coworker of Oyler’s, Todd Bridges, told Addicting Info: “I have the added benefit of actually working with Teddy at KIMY back in the mid-90′s, I also can’t fathom anyone making him an on-air personality much less station GM or engineer. If he has reached that level of responsibility and accountability, somebody needs to remove him from those positions immediately before more damage is done. Command of . . . the English language he does NOT possess and that should be high on the list for anyone representing a communication company.” (See http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/23/oklahoma-christian-radio-station-general-manager-calls-obama-dumb-nier-image/).

Oyler later posted this brief and less than fulsome apology on his Facebook page.”I made some comments earlier in the week [sic.]  I am sorry.”   (See https://www.facebook.com/tooyler/posts/3537115955163 ).



Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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