if Imus was blACK..HE HAVE HIS JOB..ADVERTISERS...AND LIFE BACK.
I gotta admit, I had to agree with Whittey on this one.
By Jason Whitlock
Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.
Thank you, Don Imus. Youíve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.
Youíve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.
Youíve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.
Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like itís 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.
The bigots win again.
While weíre fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, Iím sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Centís or Snoop Doggís or Young Jeezyís latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.
I ainít saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they donít have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.
It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.
Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.
Itís embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes about white and black people, and we all laugh out loud.
Iím no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack.
But, in my view, he didnít do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That shouldíve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, itís only the beginning. Itís an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.
I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.
Somehow, weíre supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgersí wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.
But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.
In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?
I donít listen or watch Imusí show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that itís cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that theyíre suckers for pursuing education and that theyíre selling out their race if they do?
When Imus does any of that, call me and Iíll get upset. Until then, he is what he is ó a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when youíre not looking to be made a victim.
No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. Thereís no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.
To reach Jason Whitlock, call (816) 234-4869 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com
if Imus was blACK..HE HAVE HIS JOB..ADVERTISERS...AND LIFE BACK.
I can honestlysay as cliche as it sounds I couldnt agree with him more, I dont understand why they feel the neccesity to be the victimin every situation they can they only hurt themselvesover and over again
I couldn't agree with Jason more, he called the situations exactly right, I wonder if the Rutgers Coach didn't pay Imus to do what he did, (grin).
Go Chiefs Eleven, win
I understand how he could get in trouble with his employers, for this. I just can't believe what a big story this is. Why am I seeing the players on T.V.? Did they do something beyond womens basketball? Every time someone makes a racist remark, we have to hear about it for months. I don't care. Yes.... Racism exists. It always will. Asian people are racist, Mexican people are racist, Jewish people are racist, Arab people are racist, black people are racist, and, yes, white people are racist too. I don't see this over-exposure of verbal mistakes as constructive to cooling a very heated topic.
It's merely an opportunity for certain civil rights leaders to cash in on some perceived victimization that they themselves serve to perpetuate.
Don't get me wrong, I don't even like Imus and personally think he's an idiot. He said something very stupid for which he should have been punished for; I just don't think he should have been fired. The problem here is that those civil right leaders made such a stink that the network had to fire him or face losing further sponsorship.
How comne Rosie O;Donnell isnt taking any heat for saying "ching chang chong chong ching" on TV. Is that not racist or do we just pick on certain people?