Native American organization calls on Fox News to fire hosts Jesse Watters and Rachel Campos-Duffy for a segment in which they linked Native American struggles to “government addiction” and “alcoholism.”
IllumiNative, which describes itself as an indigenous-run nonprofit “dedicated to tackling toxic misconceptions about Native Americans,” released a statement from its founder and executive director Crystal Echo Hawk on the “odious statements.” guests.
“We are enraged. Fox News hosts Jesse Watters, Rachel Campos-Duffy and former Congressman Sean Duffy spat outrageously false and damaging statements about Native Americans on Wednesday – while they were on national television, “Echo Hawk said. .
In a joint appearance on Fox News in prime time, Spouses Campos-Duffy and Duffy complained that “Christopher Columbus was the first victim of the cancellation of culture” while claiming that Native Americans “were just as brutal” as Columbus and other European colonizers. “They burned down villages, raped women, seized children, took the people they had defeated, took their land, scalped people,” Duffy added.
Campos-Duffy also claimed in the segment that the struggles Native Americans endure today “have everything to do with government addiction, cycles of poverty and alcoholism and family breakdowns,” prompting Watters – who welcomed Fox News in prime time– to offer his own observation on the relationship between Democrats and tribal nations.
“Yes, they will just try to send more slush funds to the reserves, and victimize them, then make them continue to vote for the Democrats,” he said Wednesday night.
“This rhetoric is incredibly harmful and dangerous and very clearly rooted in racism and white supremacy. Instead of allowing people to perpetuate the revisionist history that erases the true history of this country, we need to start calling it that. Genocide, ”Echo Hawk said in his statement. “For so long, Americans have chosen to leave us out and forget about us from history and the present. They reduce us to grossly inaccurate stereotypes to perpetuate the discrimination and oppression of Native Americans who began with their “founding fathers.” But we know that these are lies that non-natives tell each other to make themselves feel better, even proud of the horrible truth about this country and their ancestors.
Echo Hawk concluded by calling on Fox News to take its “responsibility” and engage in “immediate action to combat the blatant racism and discrimination induced” by the network’s personalities.
“There shouldn’t be a television network in America that allows people like Jesse Watters, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy to broadcast hatred and indoctrinate this country with racism and white supremacy,” she added.
The organization also published a series of tweets on Friday night demanding that Fox News not only publish a on-air correction and apologies on declarations but also fire Campos-Duffy and Watters.
“These racist remarks by @RCamposDuffy, @JesseBWatters and @SeanDuffyWI are hateful and unacceptable. a tweet read. “@FoxNews must apologize and fire these employees.”
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This isn’t the first time Watters has found himself in hot water on a segment in which he’s been accused of mocking and stereotyping a minority group. In October 2016, he publicly expressed his “regret” after triggering an uproar and protests against his infamous Chinatown segment which featured the song “Kung Fu Fighting” and was peppered with music videos from The Karate Kid.