A Letter To NBC
To Whom It May Concern:
I and my family have been fans of your program, "Most Outrageous Moments," since the first episode. However, what we saw (or rather, heard) on Monday, July 25's broadcast may change that happy routine.
During a segue, the announcer made a comment about "cowboys and Injuns. Oh, wait, wrong kind of engine!"
The word "Injun" is blatantly racist and disgusting. That it was used on a prime-time program, viewed by millions of Americans, including children, is horrific.
As a Native American myself, I am appalled by the casual usage of this racial slur during your program. Why no one, in the process of editing, noticed this gaffe is beyond me.
Your recent addition of esteemed Native American actor Adam Beach on your popular program, "Law & Order: SVU," had led me and other Native Americans to believe that NBC is a station devoted to diversity and interested in the Native American market. Such a use of the racist term "injun" during a prime-time program seeks to undo the good NBC has done towards diversity on network television.