‘US govt. discriminates against Native Americans’
The US government has systematically discriminated against Native Americans for speaking out about their issues, Press TV reports.
“When I started exposing the truth about how many native people were here in North America when the European invasion started, and then told them that it went from 100 million to 797,000 by 1934, I guess somebody didn’t want me to tell the truth,” said Jay Winter Nightwolf, who hosts The American Indian's Truth show on WPFW radio channel in Washington DC.
Nightwolf criticized station managers for recent time slot changes to his show that has broadcast for over 11 years mainly at a prime time evening slot.
“To me it’s as if it’s a form of discrimination against Native American broadcasters and broadcasting, and it’s also a way to silence the native voice, but we will not be silenced again,” said Nightwolf, adding that the move is an attempt to limit his audience and a step toward taking his show off the air.
Critics say WPFW is changing from a community station to a corporate channel as it is taking many minority voices off the air.
“Programs have been moved to time slots where they will not be effective to the people that they are supposed to speak to. This on some cases is done on purpose so that it can be proven… you’re not effective to your people because your ratings are not up, your listenership is not up, your donations are not up; therefore, you’re not relevant to the station anymore and then you can be systematically removed,” said Ramon Grimaldi, a radio director at the listener-sponsored station.