Asian Media Watch Demands Termination of NJ 101.5 FM Radio Hosts for Verbal Attack on Asian Pacific Americans

Asian Media Watch calls for termination of NJ 101.5 FM radio hosts Craig Carton and Ray Rossi for their racist defamatory propoganda and attack on the Asian Pacific American community and a candidate for public office. Asian Media Watch demands full accountability by parent company Millennium Radio Group for allowing NJ 101.5 FM Radio hosts to make defamatory statements such as "Ching Chong Ching Chong ... Damn Orientals and Indians."

(PRWEB) May 1, 2005 -- Asian Media Watch denounces the racist propaganda broadcast by the hosts of radio station New Jersey 101.5 FM and for their attempts to undermine the rights of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) to participate in the democratic and political process of this nation. On April 25, 2005, radio hosts Craig Carton and Ray Rossi made racially derogatory statements towards the Asian Pacific American community and towards an Asian Pacific American candidate for public office.

Carton and Rossi also have a past history of prejudice and hate speech in which they have directed their bigotry towards the mentally ill and threatened violence towards patients recovering from addictive illness. Asian Media Watch allies itself with all those working to hold the employees and management of New Jersey 101.5 FM, and its parent company Millennium Radio Group ("Millennium"), fully accountable for promoting bigotry and hatred.

During their April 25, 2005 program, Carton and Rossi (a.k.a. "The Jersey Guys") used profanity and racial slurs, and spoke in "ching chong" mock Asian gibberish in order to denigrate Americans of Asian Pacific descent; portrayed Asian Pacific Americans as foreigners who interfere with the democratic and political process of this nation, and portray Asian Pacific Americans as outsiders who are not "American." Carton and Rossi referred to Asian Pacific Americans as "Damn Orientals and Indians," spoke in "ching chong" gibberish, demeaned a candidate for public office Jun Choi, as well make other derogatory statements.

In January 2005, Carton outraged mental health advocates by stating that women suffering postpartum depression "they must be crazy in the first place," and other disparaging comments directed towards the wife of acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey. In April, 2004, Carton attempted to incite violence towards people recovering from addictive illnesses by stating that he would burn down the homes of recovery patients, preferable with them in it, and shoot recovering patients in the head.

The on-air displays of hatred and bigotry expressed by Millennium employees are harmful not only to the Asian Pacific American community. Carton and Rossi perpetuate a climate of intolerance and hatred towards people of different backgrounds and towards the disadvantaged. Carton and Rossi disgracefully attempt to represent the State of New Jersey and "White blue-collar workers" as being supportive of their own individual prejudiced views. Their promotion of intolerance and hatred are an affront to the common decency of all who value diversity and mutual understanding that crosses the lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and mental or physical disability. Not withstanding the fact that Asian Pacific Americans have contributed to the social and economic fabric of American society since the 1800s, Carton and Rossi have spread propaganda that devalues the contributions of made by Americans from all different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Asian Media Watch demands the termination of radio hosts Craig Carton and Ray Rossi for their bigoted and racist attack on the Asian Pacific American community and for their history of bigotry towards the mentally ill and other disadvantaged members of society. The organization calls for full accountability by the employees and management of NJ 101.5 FM and parent company Millennium Radio Group ("Millennium") -- that Millennium take full responsibility for condoning the atrocious behavior of Carton and Rossi; and that Millennium take immediate steps to remedy this matter including, but not exclusively, the implementation and enforcement of business policies and practices that prohibit bigotry and hate speech, and to ensure equal opportunity and diversity in employment practices at all Millennium radio stations and offices.

Asian Media Watch is an independent non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting a diverse, fair, and balanced portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the media and entertainment industry.

Asian Media Watch is a member of the Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM), a diverse coalition of national, community-based, student, and grassroots organizations whose mission is to promote equality and balanced representation. CAHM denounces messages of hate that discriminate against people based upon race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious background. We actively hold accountable media corporations that seek to benefit from the promotion of discrimination, violence and hate.

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