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First Baptist Dallas, 1310 The Ticket Slurs Show Hatred of Hispanics Runs Deep

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By Joanna Cattanach – Editor, Chick Talk Dallas

bacsikFirst Baptist Church Dallas has indefinitely suspended one of its morning radio programs after Dr. Lamar Cooper, president of Criswell College, referred to illegal immigrants as “wetbacks” during a discussion of the Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law or what I like to call the reason I won’t be going to the Grand Canyon this summer.

I am married to a non-citizen who’s been racially profiled and refuse to give an Arizona officer any right to pull me or my husband over. (Even former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Hispanics have the right to be “offended” by the new law.) And Ticket 1310 producer Mike Bacsik was fired this week for a series of drunken Tweets where he referenced “all the dirty Mexicans in San Antonio” after the Dallas Mavericks lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

In a blog post, D Magazine’s Tim Rogers said while Bacsik’s statements weren’t appropriate, “he was suspended first. Then, when the story hit CNN, he got fired. Look, either you think it was a fireable offense or you don’t. From where I sit, it looks like the Ticket simply couldn’t take the heat.” Guys on the Ticket like Gordon Keith say raunchy politically incorrect comments all the time, “So that was Bacsik’s biggest mistake: not being Gordon Keith,” wrote Rogers.

In my book, inappropriate racial slurs are cause for suspension and firing at all levels. Tim, remember that guy Don Imus and those “nappy-headed hos” he joked about?  MSNBC couldn’t take “the heat” (or what I call justifiable outage) either. Where is Imus now? That’s right. Gone. Both Bacsik and FBC Dallas have issued apologies but the damage is done. And I don’t believe they’re sorry for what was said. They’re sorry they were caught saying what they think about the brown people around them. And they stupidly aired their racist thoughts on the radio and online.

I guess I see what Rogers is saying, but since he’s probably never had a racial slur thrown at him (and as a white guy in this city likely never will) he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get what it feels like to be stared at by a white lady in a car who hears Shakira in your speakers and looks at you like you don’t belong. And he isn’t guilty of DWB–driving while black (and Hispanic). Frankly, I don’t expect that Cooper or Bacsik would describe themselves as racist–at least not the sheet wearing kind. But discrimination runs deep and sometimes, in the heat of the moment, that hate comes spilling out.

And you do deserve to be off the air!

Chick Talk Dallas is the hatchling of Joanna Cattanach, a former Dallas Morning Newsstaff writer/news assistant. A graduate of Baylor University, she currently works as a freelance writer and writing instructor in the Dallas area where she and her husband call home.

  • http://www.dallassouthnews.org shawnpwilliams

    As an admitted Ticket P1, there are worse things said on The Ticket daily, sometimes hourly than Bacsik’s drunken tweets. The term “Dirty Mexican” is part of The Ticket lexicon.

    Bacsik’s biggest problem is that not that he isn’t Gordon Keith, it’s that he’s Mike Bacsik. He may be a good enough guy, but on the air he came across as arrogant on his best days and a jerk on most others. He is out of line in hims comments and that’s why he’s out of a job.

    I think Ticket hosts says stuff that is offensive content wise all day and I often go from laughing to shaking my head in disgust in one segment. But there is usually context that accompanies the “offensive over the top” nature of the programming.

    Bacsik didn’t realize that there was no context for his tweets. And though there may be no place at all for the term “Dirty Mexican”, after 14 years of Ticket shtick, there is context that the hosts are protected by. If folks want to start looking into whether or not that protection is deserved I think that’s fair.

  • http://phelps.donotremove.net Phelps

    I guess I see what Rogers is saying, but since he’s probably never had a racial slur thrown at him (and as a white guy in this city likely never will) he just doesn’t get it.

    She’s just flat wrong. I’ve had quote a lot of racial slurs thrown at me. There was even a drastic jump in the rate immediately after Obama was elected (although it has thankfully died down.)

    But discrimination runs deep and sometimes, in the heat of the moment, that hate comes spilling out.

    Yup, and this last paragraph shows that it still runs both ways too.

  • Sarah

    @ Phelps – I fail to see how the last paragrah in this article illustrates racism towards white people?

  • http://blackwomendeservebetter.com Victoria

    Wow Sarah! You don’t see it how the last paragraph is racist against white people? Do you even know what racism means. Racism is stereotyping a group of people because of the color of their skin. The author of this article stated: “I guess I see what Rogers is saying, but since he’s probably never had a racial slur thrown at him (and as a white guy in this city likely never will) he just doesn’t get it.”

    She stated that because this guy is “white” he most likely has never and will never hear a racial slur thrown his way or treated like he doesn’t belong.

    I beg to differ! I am a black woman and I have hear plenty of white been called, “Cracker”, “Honkey”, “Whitey” and more. Some minorities stereotype all whites as insensitive and selfish and racist just because some of them have a different world view than theirs.

    Sarah, if you failed to see the racism in the last paragraph, it is most likely because you are racist yourself.

  • http://blackwomendeservebetter.com Victoria

    It was also racist to insinuate that this guy doesn’t “get it” just because he is white.

  • dennis teel

    i live in a retirement community(most are predominantly white of course)..ahhh,racism at it’s best! i love it.

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