On yesterday’s program 84 WHAS radio personality Mandy Connell referred to President Barack Obama as “a young half-breed man” during an on-air discussion. The conservative talk radio host was comparing America to socialist countries, and also mentioned Oprah Winfrey while arguing that people who grew up poor in the United States have a better chance at upward mobility.
“But America has allowed poor people like Oprah Winfrey to come from nothing and create a billion dollar media enterprise. At the same time, it has allowed a young half-breed man — and I say half-breed not in a derogatory way, it was just the first thing I thought of — to become president. Anything is accomplishable (sic) in the United States. Name any other country in the world where that is possible.”
LEO Weekly tried contacting 84 WHAS Operations Manager Kelly Carls, but he is out of town until Friday, and his assistant was unavailable for comment.
Back in March, Connell was hired to replace the late Francene Cucinello, and hosts the mid-morning show that leads into Rush Limbaugh every weekday on 84 WHAS.
The conservative radio personality is known to hold controversial views on a number of issues from illegal immigration to evolution, however, the response to the racial comments have already caused Connell to backpedal.
From The ‘Ville Voice:
Here’s what she had to say:
“The only thing I can do is express my embarrassment that was the phrase that came to mind and apologize for the offensive way I was trying to convey my point about the President’s mixed heritage. It was inappropriate, and truthfully, I was shocked when that tumbled out of my mouth. My only excuse is that when talking for three hours without the opportunity to choose words in advance, sometimes my brain doesn’t do the good or right thing. I am human.”
The reaction to Connell’s comments are pouring in, and local civil rights leaders are definitely concerned about the remarks.
“I think it was a very poor choice of words. I know she doesn’t care for Obama or his policies, but to refer to him as a half-breed is disrespectful of the office of president,” says Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham. “And racially, the term is derogatory in today’s society. It’s just not an acceptable term.”
The incident needs to be noted, Cunningham says, however he isn’t surprised given the station’s programming format. The civil rights leader say no protests or boycott of 84 WHAS should be held based on that one comment, but the radio station needs to be monitored more closely.
“It is radio at its worst,” he says. “Is that statement by itself something to go to war over or do you make note of it and hold the station accountable? And I believe we should bring it to their attention and see what happens from that point.”