Last updated on May 30, 2004
An extremely hateful column "A
history of racial tension" appeared at
Denver Post on April 28, 2004. The article was authored by
Pius Kamau, a thoracic and general surgeon and a commentator on
National Public Radio in USA. The
author carries a burden from his days in Africa and portrayed the
entire Indian community and the Hindus with his bigoted views.
(more information of the author: he was
censured and reprimanded for misconduct)
article issue was published at IndiaCause website on Friday, April 30
and was also circulated to our membership on the weekend.
After receiving strong reaction from the Indian
community, Denver Post responded by publishing author’s regret and the
Editor’s Note based on first 60-plus letters they received
on Friday morning.
Denver Post Editor's note starts with:
"An op-ed column last Wednesday by contributor Pius Kamau stirred
up much interest and considerable anger, reflected in these letters to
The author, Dr.Pius Kamau’s, comment ends with:
“I regret causing pain to good people with my unguarded
illustrations and words.”
On May 06, Denver
Post also published a strong Rebuttal By P.K. Vedanthan
We hope, in
future, the editors at Denver Post would display the basic skills and
the knowledge of the Indian community prior to publishing such
"pre-meditated hate articles" against the Indians and the Hindus
based on the author’s personal prejudices and bigoted views.
IndiaCause Thanks our readers and members for
their great support on this issue.
Post response and author's regret…..
The following appeal was made
on Friday, Apr 30, 2004 to our visitors and members.
Please send your protest to the President and
Executive members of Denver Post for carrying this column full of
“Racial Hatred”. You may also want to protest to the editors by
calling them directly.
Kirk MacDonald, president, CEO, (303) 892-5050
Frank Dixon, senior VP production, (303) 820-1951
Gregory Moore, editor, (303) 820-1400
The sample protest email and article is provided
below. Such hatred must not go without a protest…… Please act and
Start of the Sample letter
Email Ids of Executive members of Denver Post
I strongly protest "Racially Hateful" article published by Denver
Mr. Kirk MacDonald,
President, Denver Post
Dear Mr. Kirk MacDonald,
I strongly protest “Racially Hateful” article
published by Denver Post – “A history of racial tension” by Pius Kamau:
I hope you understand that this article is
misleading and full of anti-India and anti-Hindu propaganda by a
racist bigot. I request you to review this article in the light of
‘Denver Post Ethics Policy’. In my view, 'Denver Post' should
apologize accepting the responsibility for promoting "racial hatred"
I am sure you are aware that Indians have not
only contributed to the American economy but also helped building this
nation for several decades (without any religious hatred). I would
request you to educate your editors in the history about India and the
End of the Sample letter
The Hate Article by Pius Kamau (he is a
general surgeon and a commentator on National Public Radio - npr.org)
A history of racial tension… By
Pius Kamau…Denver Post
Some new Indian doctors have been arriving
in Colorado, the "whitest" medical community in America. A small nest
of East Indian physicians has steadily grown around me.....
Dark foreigners have
distinct pedigrees. Some Indians are Brahmins, others Warriors; to
Hindus, blacks are a rung below Untouchables.......
Africans were always
Indians' servants. Indians were second-class citizens.....
Mahatma Gandhi may have
led his nation's fight against British rule, but Kenya's Indians never
joined Africans in their struggle for independence; colonialism was
Hindus can't help
themselves. Humanity exists in a rigid chamber in Hinduism; one's
caste never changes. Brahmins are empowered; lower castes enslaved.
Blacks fit nicely within this group.....
Any religion whose gods
consign a large number of its children to slavery and bondage is
suspect and odious....
In 1972, Uganda's Idi Amin expelled 52,000 Indians from his
country. It wasn't a smart move, but it expressed the frustration,
anger and envy that many Ugandans felt.....
But there's no bitterness in me, only a wish they would open their
minds to a world that's fluid and not always divided into rigid
castes. I wish they could be convinced that we're not Untouchables.
The Complete article is available here: