I gotta admit I don't have a dog in this fight. I think Don Imus has suffered a passel of indignations (maybe not enough) that he had coming to him. I think Rev. Jesse "Hymie Town" Jackson and Rev. Al "Only Whites Can be Racists" Sharpton are headline-seeking hustler-hypocrites -- and both pastors who should re-read that part of the Bible about forgiveness. I think anyone who gets a bunch of tattoos should be aware that they might not be making the first impression they wish to make. And I think anybody who is still shocked by radio shock-jocks should be locked up with incurable Pollyanna-itis.
I don't give a whit if Don Imus keeps his job. I don't care who thinks I should boycott his sponsors. I never thought the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team was truly a collection of whores. I stopped listening seriously to Sharpton and Jackson long ago since there are wiser spokesmen for black causes out there.
But I cannot stop wondering why the black community embraces rappers who go far beyond the insults against black women that Imus expressed, in worse language, even as it decries the intolerability of it elsewhere. And I imagine the black community cannot stop wondering why the white community doesn't "get it."
The Imus Affair is worth a conversation, but not a conflagration. Jackson and Sharpton, who are just fanning the flames for their own aggrandizement, should shut up. The Rutgers ladies should graduate and prove Imus wrong by being something more than tattooed ballplayers. Imus should engage his brain before accelerating his mouth.
And listeners should change the channel if they don't like it.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Imus, Sharpton, Jackson, Rutgers ... go away
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"It’s been almost a week since [Don] Imus accused the Rutgers women’s basketball program of fielding a roster full of “nappy-headed hos,” and American society has yet to come apart at the seams. The Fourteenth Amendment is still in the Constitution. The NAACP is still a viable political force. And Don Imus is still an insufferable blowhard."