Reading this article is infuriating, as are most of these half-hearted responses being published in the N & O and the Durham Herald Sun. Excuses, excuses.. The cameras didn't work then. We don't have the money. Excuse after excuse. When the violence moved from the mile 0 to mile 2 zone up to the suburbs zone (mile 5.5) is when most reasonable people who ARE Durham residents said, "Nope... no more running on the American Tobacco Trail. It's just too dangerous AND I am no longer willing to take the risk. It's just not worth it anymore." If most of these media blurbs continue to depict us going the low budget route where we are NOT doing what logically makes the most sense- INSTALL lights, surveillance cameras (try a better company if your last "pilot" was not good), and call boxes- then you will likely NOT see anyone on the trail. It's a ghost town during the morning hours and late afternoon/early evening hours when it used to be a vibrant place of recreation for our entire community. It's not just the violence that makes for Durham's reputation being tarnished... it's these half-hearted responses that communicate our city's lack of pride and willingness to INVEST in doing the VERY best... WHATEVER is needed,... that is tarnishing our city's reputation almost to the same degree as this recent upswing of violence on the American Tobacco Trail. And, by the way... this is not simply an "impression" that the trail is an unsafe place to be... it is an unsafe place to be.
Typo in last line, should read, "But, it's better to NOT to give one minute of listener support to a DJ that is racist. All people of whatever race and ethnic origin deserve to be treated with respect... and Bob doesn't get that basic golden rule.
Also... I think the efforts to address this on a federal level are great. I'm glad to hear that there's been some support. Yet, better yet would be a grassroots boycott from listeners in the Triangle. Imagine some couple thousand "previous listeners" coming together (and with some 5-10,000 signatures on a petition) that would ask for Bob Dumas to speak respectfully or else be fired. Imagine enough people saying ENOUGH already. Rather than tell sponsoring agencies that you want them to get a conscience... unfortunately $ talks... and when the companies fear that thousands of listeners will depart, then perhaps more pressure will be put on Bob. He can actually be funny WITHOUT racist comments.
Tell me when a boycott rally will take place... and I'll show up and invite some friends to join me. :>)
I too like G105's music... but about 2 years ago, I got so fed up with listening to Bob's racist comments... this time about Mexicans... that I called the radio and tried to get on the air to tell Bob that his comments were very offensive. When I got through, I told a female voice that his comments were racist and should not be aired. She told me, "You know, you don't have to listen to our radio station." I told her, "Okay... this morning will be the last time I will ever listen to your radio station." I took G105 off of my car panel's stations, turned my alarm clock to another station and told myself it is better to NOT support a station that still (in the 21st Century) supports racism and bigotry. Do I miss their selections some times? sure... But, it's better to got give one minute of listener support to a DJ that is racist. All people of whatever race and ethnic origin deserve to be treated with respect... and Bob doesn't get that basic golden rule.
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