Wednesday, April 11, 2007

So he's an Imbecile. Fire Him Already.

Don Imus: part radio-personality, part caveman. After spitting out what the New York Times politically correctly calls "racially disparaging comments", NBC has suspended the stomach-turning host for two weeks. Let’s recall the facts: while commenting on a clip from a college women basketball game, Don Imus referred to the Rutgers athletes as “nappy headed hos”.

For nearly forty years, Don Imus has been behind a mic more than often verbalizing garbage. But this last insult was one too many. In my opinion, his comment isn’t racist. It’s sexist and stereotypical. Without missing a beat, such luminaries as Al Sharpton and hostage negotiator Jesse Jackson took to the barricades demanding NBC fire Don Imus. But dare I ask: where were Gloria Steinem, Eve Einsler or at the very least, the Spice Girls? The fact a radio-personality employed by one of America’s largest corporation can refer to college-educated, respected & respectful individuals as “hos” and get only a 2 week suspension is scandalous. The fact women’s groups stayed mostly quiet is simply weak. People are so quick to denounce rappers who use the term but for some reason, when it’s dumb-ass Imus who says it, it isn’t as reproachable?

As a short term solution, I suggest they drop Imus’ saggy ass in the middle of Compton.
Hos will eat him alive.

Al Sharpton VS Don Imus


Spinning Plate said...

So I have to slightly disagree with you on this one. I may ruffle some feathers with this.
I wish Imus did not lose his job. I would rather him not end up the martyr he is slowly becoming as a result of his comments and his firing. I like to know where the snakes in the grass are.
I am really tired of our people playing victim in all of this. We should not have demanded an apology. Those women should have stood up and said we don't need your apology, Mr Imus has no control over our feelings or our place in this world.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson need to move on to the larger issue in all of this, self respect. If we can not respect ourselves in our communities and culture, then we can not demand respect from others.
I am tired of Jesse and Al wallowing in victimhood and protesting like it's 1965. The game has changed. We need a new playbook.
Rather than confront the 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.
Unfortunely Imus has distracted us from the real issue at hand. Self respect.
At least Black History Month was extended into April.

Martine | Le Groupe Milagro said...

I agree with you. It all starts with self-respect. Firing Don Imus will clearly not solve all the problems ramping in the Black Community. Firing Don Imus is a message that such camouflaged hate will no longer be tolerated. I think in the same vein shows like Maury Povich and Flavor of Love should be taken off the air. I think half of the Hip Hop videos shouldn’t be on air either. But I disagree with you: the game hasn’t really changed. There are still today hate crimes very reminiscent of the 1960s. There are still places in America where crosses are burned on front lawns. I think perhaps we should have paid more attention when Bill Cosby cried out over a decade ago.