Recently, an ABC news anchor has been under fire for referring to Indigenous people as “creatures” during a broadcast about Native American Heritage Month. This is just one example of the systemic racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to face today. This blog post will explore the incident in greater detail and discuss some of the ways we can work together to support Indigenous communities. We will also discuss what steps need to be taken in order to address this issue in the media and beyond. By addressing this form of racism, we can help create a more inclusive society where everyone is respected and accepted.
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It is offensive and wrong for anyone to refer to another human being as a “creature.” Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on ABC News when an anchor referred to Indigenous people as “creatures” in reference to Native American Heritage Month.
This comment was made during a report on the White House’s decision to declare November National Native American Heritage Month. The report included a clip of President Trump signing the proclamation, during which he said, “We celebrate the abundant life of Native Americans, their rich and vibrant cultures, and their incredible contributions to our country.”
After the clip aired, ABC News anchor Anne-Marie Green said, “Creatures, I’m sorry, I mean Native Americans.”
Green quickly realized her mistake and apologized on air, saying, “I would like to apologize for my mistake earlier in this program when I referred to Native Americans as ‘creatures.’ I am deeply sorry for my offensive and insensitive remark.”
The apology was too little too late for many viewers who were already offended by Green’s comment. Indigenous people are not animals or creatures; they are human beings with a rich culture and heritage. For someone in the media to refer to them as anything other than that is simply unacceptable.
Social media reaction
When ABC News anchor, Tom Llamas, referred to Indigenous people as “creatures” in reference to Native American Heritage Month, social media erupted in anger.
Many people took to Twitter to voice their outrage, calling for Llamas to be fired and accusing ABC News of racism. Some also pointed out that this is not the first time Llamas has made offensive comments about Indigenous people.
In a statement, ABC News said that they “regret any offense” that was caused by Llamas’ comments and that they are “committed to coverage of this important month with respect and sensitivity.”
Apology from ABC News
We at ABC News are deeply sorry for the offensive remark made by one of our anchors during a segment about Native American Heritage Month. The comment was inexcusable and does not reflect the values of our network or our commitment to celebrating the rich history and culture of indigenous peoples. We sincerely apologize to those who were offended and will be taking appropriate disciplinary action.
The history of Native American Heritage Month
It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, and Native American Heritage Month is upon us. This month is a time to celebrate the contributions of Native Americans to our country and to learn about the unique challenges they face.
This year, Native American Heritage Month takes on special significance in light of the recent controversy surrounding ABC News anchor Justin Schamotta’s comments about “creatures” in reference to indigenous people. While many have criticized Schamotta for his insensitive remarks, it’s important to remember that Native American Heritage Month is about celebrating the accomplishments and culture of Native Americans, not about debating whether or not they are humans.
So what is the history of Native American Heritage Month? It actually has its roots in a much older celebration: National Indian Day. National Indian Day was first celebrated in 1916 as a way to recognize the contributions of Native Americans to US history. The holiday fell on the second Saturday in May, which coincidentally is also Mother’s Day.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring November to be National American Indian Heritage Month. This month-long celebration was created to encourage all Americans to learn more about the rich history and culture of Native Americans.
Since then, each president has issued a similar proclamation at the beginning of November, reaffirming their commitment to celebrating Native American Heritage Month. So this November, take some time to learn about the fascinating history and culture
How the misappropriation of Native American culture affects Indigenous people
As the United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month, it’s important to remember that the misappropriation of Native American culture has a negative effect on Indigenous people.
When non-Native people use traditional items or dress without understanding the cultural significance, it can be offensive and disrespectful. It can also result in a loss of revenue for Indigenous communities who rely on the sale of authentic arts and crafts.
Some well-meaning non-Natives may not be aware of the harm they’re causing, but it’s important to educate yourself on the issue. When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of respect and avoid appropriating Native American culture.
The unfortunate incident of the ABC News anchor referring to indigenous people as “creatures” in reference to Native American Heritage Month is an example of how systemic racism still affects all aspects of our society. We must come together and work towards a world that is free from hatred, discrimination, and ignorance so that everyone can live their lives with dignity and respect. We must also continue to educate ourselves on the history and cultures of Indigenous people all around the globe so that we can better understand why these types of remarks are unacceptable.
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