Houston Host: I Was Wrong About Native Americans
April 6, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KPRC-A/HOUSTON host and HOUSTON City Councilman MICHAEL BERRY has apologized for comments on his MARCH 27 show about Native Americans.
On the MARCH show, BERRY, discussing slavery reparations, had said that "If you're against apologizing for slavery, then you've got to be against giving welfare to the American Indians because of the fact that 200 years ago they were whipped in a war. Why don't we go hand the Germans a few million dollars, and the Italians, and the Japanese? OK, so we did rebuild their country. We don't continue to give them aid because they sit around whining about a war from 200 years ago. Are you kidding me? Seriously."
In an apology posted on the station's website, BERRY said, "When I’m wrong, I’m big enough to admit it.... Those comments were intended to spark a discussion on how we view past transgressions against American Indians as compared to those against Blacks in America. I intended to challenge policies, and not to demean or insult any group of people." Noting that most Native Americans do not get government assistance, BERRY added "I was simply wrong."